My commitment to you is that I will bring all of my experience to our sessions and I will be fully and professionally dedicated to you and your well-being. We will work together to help you to achieve your therapy goals.

I have worked with men and women who have been involved in high-stress, life and death issues, including combat veterans. I have helped people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, sexual trauma, anxiety, and depression.

We can work on many issues including weight loss, diabetes support, smoking, chronic pain management, phobias, aviation issues, and sports performance. I provide career counseling regardless of your age.

I use the treatment methods that are best suited for you personally, ranging from psychodynamic psychotherapy to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to clinical hypnosis.



I provide a wide variety of services to both individuals and couples.

I provide Gottman Method Couples Therapy, an evidence-based therapy, for couples, whatever the status of their relationship, whether they are living together, contemplating marriage, or currently married.

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), and sports performance.

I can assist career changers and provide career counseling regardless of your age or the current state of your career.


About Me


Licensed Master Social Worker- New York

Gottman Method Couples Therapy - Level 2

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

Psychoanalytic Committee, Met Chapter, NYSSCSW

National Association of Social Workers

New York Society of Clinical Hypnosis

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. There are no easy answers and good therapy takes time and effort. 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 look forward to working with you.

Don Appel, LMSW


Offices located:

347 5th Avenue, Suite 1007, New York, NY 10016

3736 Henry Hudson Parkway, Suite 201, Riverdale, NY, 10463

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