Dr. Hellerstein has a limited private practice. Appointments are made on a scheduled basis only. Office location is as noted on the Contact page of this website.

Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-8 PM. Limited availability at other times.

Telephone 212-875-1357

David J. Hellerstein, MD

Psychiatrist, Writer and Researcher

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Evaluation, consultation, and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders 

Dr. Hellerstein has over three decades of experience as a clinician and researcher in psychiatric treatments. He provides consultations and evaluations of people with conditions including major depression, persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), anxiety disorders, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other conditions. He also has expertise in treating eating disorders and patients with coexisting substance use disorders. He sees many patients with ‘treatment resistant’ or ‘difficult to treat’ depression and other disorders, often referred by other psychiatrists. 

Where appropriate, Dr. Hellerstein provides psychopharmacological (medication) treatment and psychotherapy. In many cases, Dr. Hellerstein works in collaboration with psychotherapists, providing medication management for patients seeing other therapists such as clinical psychologists or social workers. At other times, Dr. Hellerstein will provide recommendations to doctors and therapists who will continue to provide care for the patient.

Frequency of visits 

Psychotherapy patients are generally seen on a weekly basis. Psychopharmacology (medication) treatment generally requires monthly visits initially, but visits may be decreased over time to once every few months. Minimal frequency of visits for maintenance treatment is every three months, or 4 visits/year.

Insurance Coverage

Dr. Hellerstein is a no longer a provider for any managed care plans. Payment must be made in full at time of visit. Receipts can be submitted to insurance plans for reimbursement, subject to the terms of your policy.

Emergency Contact

Follow instructions on: 212-875-1357.
In case of emergency, please go to the nearest Emergency Room.

Missed and Cancelled Appointments

Patients will be charged for missed appointments or for appointments cancelled without a minimum of 24 hours notice (24 hour notice includes work days, not weekends). Exceptions to this policy will be made only in cases of life-threatening emergencies