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We Are Like a Journey Through the Bridge to
Self - knowledge
is always a path into the unknown..
That will lead you through this hard path.
But this is an experience that you have to go
through to become a better version of yourself.
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Psychoanalyst

Nicolás Garrera-Tolbert, Ph.D

Pronouns: He/Him

  • Languages Spoken: English, Español
  • In-person and Remote
  • Ph. D

Work with:

  • Physical Issue / Illness
  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Sexuality
  • Creative Block
  • Depression
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual Issues
  • Impulse Control
  • Stress
  • Grief
  • Chronic Pain
  • Gender Identity
  • Self-Esteem

About

I am a bilingual (Spanish/English) psychoanalyst, philosopher, poet, and translator (Spanish/English/French). I received my psychoanalytic training at the Apertura para Otro Lacan (Buenos Aires) and the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (New York City). In philosophy, I have held academic and research positions in Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, and the United States. I presently hold a position as a lecturer of philosophy at St. Francis College (Downtown Brooklyn) and keep a private analytic practice in Manhattan and Queens. My current research focuses on the philosophical foundations of psychoanalysis and I am preparing a manuscript on the concept of psychoanalytic subject from a Lacanian perspective.
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Soy psicoanalista, filósofo, poeta y traductor (español/francés/inglés). Recibí mi formación psicoanalítica en Apertura para Otro Lacan (Buenos Aires) y en la National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (Nueva York). En filosofía, he ocupado cargos académicos y de investigación en Alemania, Argentina, Bélgica, Brasil, Francia, Estados Unidos, y República Checa. Actualmente soy profesor de filosofía en St. Francis College (Downtown Brooklyn) y mantengo una práctica psicoanalítica privada en Manhattan y Queens. Mi investigación actual versa sobre los fundamentos filosóficos del psicoanálisis y estoy llevando a cabo una investigación sobre el concepto de sujeto psicoanalítico desde una perspectiva lacaniana.

The ways in which humans suffer can be easily named; people often say that they are “depressed,” “anxious,” “frustrated,” “angry.” However, the meaning of what we feel and the reasons why we go through psychological pain may be less readily apparent. To find out, the difficult but rewarding work of a psychoanalysis is needed. As your analyst, I will help you identify how and why you suffer and, as a result, we will change your reality—perhaps the only one you know, one you deemed set in stone. For sure, many things may be inevitable and final, but not useless, excessive suffering. The latter can be changed, if properly addressed.
Psychoanalysis, as I understand it, is a theory and a practice specifically designed and adequately equipped to address the causes of your suffering and bring about subjective change. If you decide to give it a try, we will engage into honest, genuine conversation and inquiry into what, paraphrasing Ortega, we may call “yourself and your circumstances.” Our task will be to examine and understand, not to judge. No doubt, we humans have created many therapeutic practices aiming to heal human suffering; some of them have a rich, old, and respectable history. Psychoanalysis, though, is the only therapeutic practice that aims to assess those specific forms of suffering that are yours and no-one else’s. What will be at stake in your analysis is nothing but your present and your total history as the particular person that you are. It is the most effective way of bringing about the kind of meaningful, ever-lasting change you have been looking for.
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Nombrar las formas del sufrimiento humano es muy sencillo; se dice que se está “deprimido”, “ansioso”, “angustiado”, “frustrado”, “irritado”. Sin embargo, el sentido de ese sufrimiento y las razones por las que lo padecemos pueden ser difíciles de descubrir. Para ello es necesario el difícil trabajo de un psicoanálisis. Mi práctica como analista consiste precisamente en ayudarte a identificar cómo y por qué sufres para poder así modificar esa realidad: quizás la única que conoces y que a veces se te impone como inmodificable y eterna. Por supuesto, muchas cosas pueden no tener remedio, pero no el sufrimiento excesivo e inútil. Al menos si se lo aborda adecuadamente.
El psicoanálisis, tal como lo ejerzo, es una teoría y una práctica específicamente diseñada para desentrañar las causas del sufrimiento y provocar un cambio subjetivo que, idealmente, lo elimine de raíz. Nuestros encuentros tomarán la forma de una conversación honesta y genuina; será una auténtica investigación sobre lo que, parafraseando a Ortega, podemos llamar “tu existencia y su circunstancia”. Nuestra tarea consistirá en analizar y comprender, nunca juzgar. Sin duda, disponemos de diversas prácticas terapéuticas con el objetivo de lidiar con el sufrimiento; algunas de ellas tienen una rica, antigua y respetable historia. Sin embargo, el psicoanálisis es la única disciplina cuyo objetivo es examinar aquellas formas de sufrimiento que son específicamente tuyas. Lo que estará en juego en tu análisis es tu presente y tu historia total, la de esta persona particular que eres. Es la forma más efectiva de lograr el tipo de transformación duradera que estabas buscando.

Education / Experience

Higher and professional education

National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (USA), License in Psychoanalysis
University of Memphis (USA), Ph.D. in Philosophy
University of Toulouse II-Jean Jaurès (France), MA in French and German Philosophy
University of Memphis, MA in Philosophy
Universidad Nacional de Rosario (Argentina), BA in Philosophy

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How long is a session? Are you conducting in person sessions?

The length of psychotherapy session is either 45 minutes or 50 minutes. Please discuss this with your therapist, but both arrangements are acceptable.

We offer both—in-person, and virtual treatment. Please discuss your preference with your therapist.

How often should I see my therapist?

The frequency of work is determined between you and your therapist. However, we do believe a higher frequency has an important effect on the outcome of the treatment. Most of our therapists work with their patients at more than once-a-week frequency in psychotherapy. However, if you are in psychoanalytic treatment, the frequency is at least 4 times (sometimes we offer 3 times) a week.

How long does the therapy last?

Believe it or not, this is by far the most common question we are asked. There is a famous quote from Freud, “Our answer is like the answer given by the Philosopher to the Wayfarer in Aesop's fable. When the Wayfarer asked how long a journey lay ahead, the Philosopher merely answered ‘Walk!’” The duration of treatment depends on the individual circumstances. Therefore, he says, “[T]he question as to the probable duration of a treatment is almost unanswerable.” At TheraBridge we hold true to Freud’s word, “Walk!” We help our patients walk the path and over the bridge towards a future where new memories and new experiences bring happiness and joy.

Is my information confidential?

Yes, your information is kept confidential. In case we need to coordinate care with other medical professionals including your psychiatrist, we will obtain your consent, though the exchange of patient information amongst medical providers is considered HIPAA compliant.

What kind of therapy do you provide?

At TheraBridge, all our clinicians are trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis.