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Meet Dr. Klein


Hi! I’m Dr. Esther Klein. I am a clinical psychologist specializing in family relationships.

My fascination with people and relationships started early on. Some of my family relationships were challenging and stressful. Instead of feeling angst, I wanted to feel content and connected with the people I cared about so I set out to understand how relationships worked.


Because of my struggles, I learned how to empathize, gained a better understanding of how people think, and found ways to be truly happy in my relationships and beyond. 

We all have ideas of what family and relationship should be like. When that idea doesn't match reality, the result is often distress, deep disappointment, and conflict.

If your vision of family relationships is not matching up to your current reality, you can probably relate. You may have pent up feelings of anger or maybe you’re worried you’re doing the sabotaging. Perhaps you’re concerned you’re stuck in unhealthy relational patterns you can’t get out of.


We can work together  to increase your understanding of yourself, your relationship patterns, and deepen your connections. Therapy can help you break free from anger, resentment, disappointment, and self-sabotage.

My goal is to help you enjoy the relationships you dream of.



My approach is heavily influenced by psychodynamic therapy, which means I focus on helping you gain a better understanding of your emotions and thought processes. It also gives me insight into how your current relationship problems may be unconsciously rooted in past experiences. Working this way is helpful in addressing relationship struggles deeply and for the long term.

My treatment is trauma informed, so if trauma is at the core of your issues, I am equipped to help you work through it. Because there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment method, I tailor my treatment to your specific needs and  incorporate other treatment approaches as required, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which is a tool to help you more effectively regulate your emotions. Most importantly, I follow your lead in my approach as I believe the truest knowledge of what you need is within you. 


- Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology; Adelphi University

- M.A. in Psychology in Education; Teacher’s College, Columbia University

- B.A. in Psychology; Touro College


The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders;

The Children's Center for Psychology, Psychiatry, and Related Services; Delray Beach, FL

Child Guidance Center; Stamford, CT

Jewish Child Care Associations Foster Care Services; Bronx, NY

Center for Psychological Services at Adelphi University; NY, NY

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital; New York, NY

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; New York, NY

Elmhurst Hospital; Elmhurst, NY


When Fathers Leave: Effects on the Self and Other Relationships” (dissertation viewable on desktop)

Image by Marissa Grootes
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