About Dr. Deborah Pollack, Ph.D.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York. I have been practicing therapy since 2001 and received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University in 2006. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2006 as well.

I have completed practicum trainings at various institutions including Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (Eating Disorders Program), Allegheny General Hospital (Neuropsychology program), and Chatham College (student counseling). I have worked in the Psychiatry Department and the Rehabilitation Psychology Department at SUNY Upstate Medical University. I maintain a faculty appointment in the Psychiatry Department at SUNY Upstate where I continue to teach and supervise their psychology interns.

In addition to my clinical work, I am currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Utica College. I am also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Psychiatry Department at SUNY Upstate Medical University and a supervisor in the Syracuse University Psychology Department. I am certified as a Teacher through the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA).

I believe that it is very important for psychologists to be active in their local and state professional associations. This is why I have been actively involved in the Central New York Psychological Association (CNYPA) and the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) for over ten years. I was president of CNYPA in 2015 and 2016 (2 terms) and I received the "Psychologist of the Year" award from CNYPA in 2013.

I do a particular type of therapy called Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), which I have been getting advanced training and supervision in since 2009. In this type of therapy we focus on your here-and-now emotional experience to help you better understand internal patterns that are keeping you stuck. Most people struggle with feelings about important people and events in our lives. For many reasons we sometimes “block” some of those feelings because they make us anxious. The ways in which we block ourselves often cause symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and problematic relational patterns (e.g., doing the same thing over and over again in relationships). Through this type of therapy I will help you connect with those blocked feelings while helping you tolerate any anxiety they bring up so that you can undo some of these repetitive patterns that keep you stuck. Many people find that through this process they experience a deeper sense of clarity about themselves, are better able to stop self-destructive patterns, and their symptoms recede.