Are you asking yourself important questions, like:

  • “Why am I never happy?”

  • “Why can’t I find happiness in my relationships or marriage?”

  • “Why can’t I find satisfying work?”

Maybe you have feelings of guilt or shame or anger that you can’t explain.

Or maybe you just feel that things just “are out of sorts.”

I have helped people just like you free themselves from some of the most common emotional burdens in life, such as anxiety and depression. I’ve helped both men and women who suffered from sexual trauma find the healing they needed. I’ve worked with people who have been involved in acute and chronic high-stress circumstances, including combat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

We can work on many other issues including weight loss, diabetes support, smoking, alcohol use, chronic pain management, phobias, fear of flying, and sports performance.

I am compassionate, mature, and supportive. We will work together to set your therapy goals and to help you achieve them.

I respect you for the unique person you are and will use the treatment methods that are best suited for you personally, ranging from psychodynamic psychotherapy, to cognitive behavioral therapy, to clinical hypnosis.

My commitment to you is that I will bring all my experience to our sessions and I will be fully and professionally dedicated to you and your well-being.

You are entitled to live the best life you can imagine. We can work together to make that your new reality



I provide a wide variety of services to both individuals and couples, on either a short-term or long-term basis, like:

  • Anxiety
  • Gambling
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Anger Management
  • Pain Management
  • Stress
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Coping Skills
  • Trauma
  • Men’s Issues
  • Infidelity
  • Phobias
  • Divorce
  • Veterans Issues
  • Addictions
  • Weight Loss
  • Eating Disorders
  • Smoking

I provide Gottman Method Couples Therapy, an evidence-based therapy, whatever the status of your relationship, whether you are living together, contemplating marriage, or currently married. I can help you whether you and your partner need a “tune up” to get things humming again or if significant issues need to be addressed.

I am trained in the use of clinical hypnosis as an adjunct treatment for many concerns, including weight loss, general health issues, diabetes support, anxiety, smoking, chronic pain management, phobias (including fear of flying), behavioral maladaptation, and sports performance.


About Me


Licensed Clinical Social Worker- New York

Gottman Method Couples Therapy - Level 3

Gottman Institute: Treating Affairs and Trauma

New York Society of Clinical Hypnosis

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

Physicians’ Clinical Support System-Buprenorphine Office Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders


New York State Society of Clinical Social Workers

New York State Society of Clinical Social Workers-Met Chapter-Board of Directors

Psychoanalytic Committee, Met Chapter, NYSSCSW

National Association of Social Workers

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

New York Society of Clinical Hypnosis - Former Member Board of Directors

Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society

New York Academy of Science

The Gottman Institute


New York University - Silver School of Social Work - Master of Social Work


Contact Me

I feel that anyone seeking therapy is demonstrating great strength and courage and I will be with you every step of the way as we explore your unique path. Please feel free to give me a call to discuss your needs.

I would be honored to work with you.

Don Appel, LCSW


Offices located:

3736 Henry Hudson Parkway, Suite 201, Riverdale, NY, 10463
FREE Parking Available

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