I treat individuals and couples in my private practice in New York City and integrate psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to help patients overcome depression, anxiety, and other stressful mental health challenges. Many people who first come to see me suffer from symptoms that are intense and debilitating. Some have been told by other healthcare practitioners that their depression or anxiety are “treatment-resistant.” They often feel hopeless and are convinced that they can’t be helped. As I wrote in my article Why There’s Reason for Hope for Those With Depressionon PsychologyToday.com, nothing could be further from the truth.

We are fortunate that there are a wide array of tools—psychopharmacological, psychotherapeutic, and mind/body wellness practices—to help those suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, and other mental health challenges. By tailoring treatment to the individual, we can usually achieve successful outcomes with a minimum of side effects. I am a devotee of Tai Chi and meditation and take a comprehensive approach to treating depression and anxiety, utilizing mind-body wellness practices to supplement the benefits of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.

If you or someone you know needs help, don’t hesitate to seek a consultation with a psychiatrist.  With the sophisticated array of treatment options available, no one should suffer needlessly from these conditions. Click here to learn more about treatment. 

I earned my Medical Degree at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, completed my Psychiatry Residency at New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical College, and trained as a psychoanalyst at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. I am an Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Department of Psychiatry. I have taught classes and led professional meetings on psychoanalysis, religion, and spirituality under the auspices of Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

I  coauthor a blog on PsychologyToday.com called “Depression: A Guide for the Perplexed,” have published numerous articles in professional journals and magazines, including the award-winning Good Marriage column in Child magazine,  and am coauthor of The First Year of Marriage: What to Expect, What to Accept and What You Can Change. Based on an exclusive study of newlyweds as well as people looking back on their adjustment to marriage, The First Year of Marriage is a journalistic and psychological exploration of the transition to marriage that offers practical and reassurance guidance. It has been referred to as  the “bible” for newlyweds.  

I have been interviewed on TV, radio, podcasts, and by dozens of other media outlets, including newspapers, magazines, and websites. I have also given numerous presentations at professional conferences and community centers.

To schedule an appointment, please contact: SLPaukerMD@aol.com;  (212) 737-6330

Read about “The Ripple Effects of Depression,” “10 Things Everyone Should Know About Depression” and other topics related to the integrated diagnosis and treatment of depression on my blog “Depression: A Guide for the Perplexed.”