Nicole Cooper, PHD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Nicole Cooper is a licensed clinical psychologist.  In addition to her work at Union Square Practice, Dr. Cooper is on the faculty of New York University Medical School, where she teaches medical students and early career psychiatrists how to do psychological assessment and psychotherapy.

Therapy with Dr. Cooper is a collaborative process, which begins in a safe and comfortable environment where frankness is encouraged, candid feedback is provided and humor is welcomed.  With a focus on helping the client define and achieve his or her own personal goals, Dr. Cooper helps her clients integrate effective new ways of thinking and behaving into their daily lives. Early meetings will likely include discussion of the client’s past experiences, present concerns and hopes and fears for the future.  Ultimately, Dr. Cooper’s clients take their new tools out of the office and into their lives to create and maintain healthier lifestyles, happier relationships, and improved performance in target areas.

Dr. Cooper’s primary orientation is Cognitive Behavioral, but she is a pragmatist who knows that different people have different needs.  Dr. Cooper thus incorporates research-backed and time-tested strategies from many psychological modalities including mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy and psychodynamic therapy to help client’s tackle bad habits and problematic relationships and build stronger self-esteem.

After receiving her AB with Honors from Stanford University, Dr. Cooper earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at California School of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Cooper then moved to New York City for her internship at Columbia University Medical Center in 2002 where she worked with Drs. Fader and Dulchin!  Dr. Cooper went on to complete her postdoctoral fellowship at New York University specializing in trauma.  After that, she was appointed to the faculty of Mount Sinai School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and Chief Clinical Psychologist of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, where she did CBT with trauma survivors, led clinical trials for new treatments for mood and anxiety disorders, published scientific articles, taught psychology to medical students and psychiatry residents and had a private practice of mostly young adults.   Dr. Cooper then moved London to work with university students at University College London.  Dr. Cooper is an NIMH (National Institutes of Mental Health) trained and certified diagnostician and has been trained and certified in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) by Edna Foa, Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety.

Her experience working with people on both coasts and overseas offers her clientele a unique perspective.  In addition, her strong roots in both academic and clinical psychology allow her to provide clients with the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatments combined with the warmth, calm energy and practical approach of an experienced clinician.

Dr. Cooper is an intrepid traveller and an avid student of neuroscience who speaks 4 languages and reads and writes Ancient Greek!