Stephanie Carrow, LCSW
Psychotherapy and Life Coaching


I have extensive and diverse experience as a psychotherapist, and in the related areas of career transition, management consulting and work-life education.  My 20 years of clinical expertise are augmented by a background in business, writing and the arts.

Following is a brief synopsis of my clinical and related background.


I have 20 years of clinical experience providing consultation and treatment for individuals and couples who are experiencing any of a broad range of emotional symptoms, and helping them to understand and resolve conflicts and inhibitions related to work, interpersonal and emotional functioning.

I have worked with diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings, including a major New York City hospital, residential treatment programs for children and adolescents, and outpatient adult treatment programs.  
In addition, for 11 years, I worked as an Employee Assistance Professional at Con Edison, where I provided individual consultation and coaching to all levels of its 14,000 employees.  I also facilitated support groups and designed and conducted workshops around a full array of work-life issues.

As an adjunct to my clinical practice, I provided individual counseling and training around post-9/11 issues through Project Liberty, the New York State disaster-recovery program, and through a Connecticut-based program funded by the Red Cross. 

I have designed and presented workshops and facilitated support groups in the general community around writing and creativity, women's issues and "sandwich generation" caregiving for aging relatives. 

I hold an M.S.W. from Fordham University and a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Bard College.  I have post-graduate psychoanalytic training through NPAP in New York City.  I have a background in business, writing and the arts.

I have been in private practice for 15 years, and maintain offices in Manhattan and Norwalk, CT.

Career Transition

Because I believe that career fulfillment is so central and fundamental to a person's happiness and sense of self, it is one of the focuses of my practice.

I have worked as a Career Transition Specialist with Lee Hecht Harrison, the leading global career management services company.

Following 9/11, I became deeply involved in helping New Yorkers cope with change and resume productive lives.  Through a special ten-month project with the City of New York Human Resources Administration, I provided training and consultation around career transition to workers displaced as a result of 9/11.  Afterward, I continued to provide counseling to displaced workers and training to job placement specialists through other New York City programs.

In my private practice I have helped people identify career goals, achieve promotions, transition to new careers and move up within their respective industries or professions.

Management and Work-Life Consulting and Training


In addition to my clinical expertise, I have an extensive background in management consulting and training, and over 15 years of work experience in business and corporate settings.

I provide consultation and training around stress management, change and crisis management for major New York corporations and non-profit organizations.

As an Employee Assistance Professional at Con Edison for 11 years, along with my counseling role, I provided consultation to management around employee related issues and concerns.   In addition, I designed and conducted company-wide educational training programs around a full array of work-life issues. 

Following 9/11, I provided consultation and training seminars around crisis, change and resilience to staff and managers of major corporations, professional groups and non-profit organizations in New York City, including United Airlines and the City University of New York.

How I Work

I use an integrated approach in my work with people that is always tailored to the specific needs of each client.

I provide an empathic environment in which a person can feel safe to discuss and explore difficult thoughts and feelings.

My basic modality is psychodynamic, but I also utilize cognitive techniqes and draw upon the wealth of new information about the brain that is unfolding out of neuroscientific research.

Some Words about Research, Theory and Treatment 

The new findings in brain science support the long-held psychodynamic theories of the mind that have been, and continue to be, the cornerstone of psychotherapeutic treatment.

In psychodynamic theory, we believe that the mind becomes "programmed" through life experiences, on both conscious and unconscious levels of thought and emotion.  We further believe that it is the unconscious programming that runs our lives, or at least trips us up in undesired ways. 

This unconscious programming can be the source of many unwanted impulses or behaviors, or stressful mood states (such as anxiety, depression, phobias, or panic attacks) and can generally inhibit growth and optimal functioning in our work, our relationships, and our sense of well being.  

The goal, therefore, is to make that unconscious programming conscious, to understand it thoroughly -- which is to say, to know and understand ourselves thoroughly -- and to resolve any internal conflicts that programming may present.  In effect, the goal is to re-program our minds in ways that work for us, and support our growth and development.

The new findings in brain research confirm that:

-  our brains are shaped by experience; 
-  much of the ongoing activity in those areas of
   the brain involved in higher thought and emotion
   does occur outside of our conscious awareness;
-  such unconscious brain activity can be brought
   into conscious awareness; and perhaps 
   most important:
-  psychodynamic therapy is the most effective
   modality towards that end, and can actually lead
   to positive brain development.

The good news out of neuroscience is that our brains are "plastic" -- that is, the brain cells, or neurons, can change and grow throughout a person's lifetime, and therefore re-programming can take place.

The new findings in brain research show that psychodynamic therapy is the most effective process by which neurons grow, new neuronal pathways are formed, and the brain is thus re-programmed.

Psychodynamic therapy also incorporates the techniques of cognitive theory, which focuses on exploring, understanding and resolving the negative thoughts that motivate unwanted behavior.

 Suggested Reading

To learn more about the brain and the mind, a good overview is this very readable and informative book:
Kotulak, Ronald, Inside the Brain:  Revolutionary Discoveries of How the Mind Works, Andrews and McMeel, 1997

Contact Me:
                 Stephanie Carrow, LCSW

2 Office locations:

    26 W. 9th St.                        94 East Ave.
    New York, NY 10011            Norwalk, CT 06851

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