Therapist of the Month

June 2019

Pinny Farkas, LCSW

Pinny Farkas, LCSW

41 East 11th Street

New York, NY 10003

61 Neptune Avenue

Woodmere, NY 11598


Tell us about your practice.

I have supported individuals, couples and families as a psychotherapist for over 10 years. Prior to opening my dual-office private practice in NYC and Long Island, I worked at Ohel Regional Family Center, offering outpatient mental health services as a clinical social worker. My work is informed in large part by my own life experiences. These include the challenges I faced as a child of divorce and all that that entailed, coming of age in a ever changing society and mentoring and teaching high school students at risk. I am also a musician which often comes into play with my clients who I feel would benefit from the use of musical intervention in our sessions. I hold an MSW from the Wurzweiler School at Yeshiva University and have received advanced training from the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia. In addition to my clinical work, I offers workshops in self-care to parents, community groups and school leaders.

What made you decide to open your own business?

My first job in the field was as a clinical social worker an an outpatient clinic which offered family services. While I enjoyed meeting patients of all different backgrounds and getting to practice what I had learned, I felt limited. I also felt that at the clinic there was a lot of focus on documentation and less an opportunity to focus on the real needs and goals of my patients and to address them each in their own unique way.

What has been the most challenging aspect of building your business?

The most challenging aspect has been honing in on a niche that would best represent my skill set. I think one of the challenges in opening up my own business is having to “market” yourself which is something I was not used to doing. I think I assumed that because of my natural ability and general success with patients that new patients would just come pouring in! I soon learned that there where many therapists and practitioners in NYC and I would need to network more and create more of a social platform to get my name out there

What has been the most rewarding part of building your business?

I would have to say the most rewarding part is being able to create my own structure and schedule as well as being able to focus primarily on my clients needs and success rather then being bogged down with paper work.

How has Private Practice Studio helped you in achieving your business goals?

Private Practice Studio has helped me to understand the importance of having a social media presence which I still hope to improve on. It’s definitely been a big step out of my “comfort zone” but also an important one which has even helped me process and understand the kind of practice that I want to build.

Anything else you would like us to know?

I have recently started a group for divorced men with children through the JCC of the five towns.

Pinny Farkas, LCSW works with individuals, couples, and families. He has office locations in both Manhattan and Long Island.