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Washington Square Institute

41 E 11TH St Ste 4
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-2600
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Washington Square Institute is a great place for reasonably priced psychotherapy. I have supervised other therapists and worked with patients myself at the Institute for a long ti...


The introductory interview process left me extremely discouraged. The primary interview was conducted by a gruff, insensitive woman, the medical interview was costly and lasted a...

Editorial review from Citysearch 1/26/2014

I was referred to Sean Grover LCSW at Washington Square Institute by an individual therapist that I trusted. I attended Sean's groups for several years and highly, highly recommend him to anyone looking to better their emotional health, communication skills, and maturity level when relating to others. I've walked away from Sean's group therapy with so many tools to deal with challenging situations at home, in my career, with family and just in daily life. I've also been witness to dozens of other group members' rapid and often dramatic transformations from scared/avoiding/defensive/closed off to people who (excuse my expression) grab life by the balls. If you're ambitious, like to challenge yourself, and are willing to feel a bit uncomfortable in order to grow by leaps & bounds, Sean Grover's your man! more

Editorial review from Citysearch 12/1/2013

Working with Sean Grover has been a wonderful experience! He is kind and compassionate, as well as sharp and clear. Super Intelligent, he challenges his patients to dig deep, find meaning in their life experiences what ever they may be, and grow through this process. He provides guidance, and a safe space for a life changing dialogue. I can't recommend him enough!!\r more

Editorial review from Citysearch 11/22/2013

I highly recommend Sean Grover as a therapist and as a supervisor. I work in an acute inpatient psychiatric unit in a city hospital, where vicarious and direct trauma and burnout among staff is common. Sean Grover's advice was indispensable when I was recovering from an unprovoked assault by a patient, which resulted in an injury that forced me to take time off and reconsider my career choice. Thanks to Sean's wise, astute, and compassionate guidance, I was able to return to work with a new perspective and better skills with which to help my patients. Had I not consulted with Sean, I would not have recovered as quickly mentally and emotionally, and I am sure that I would have burned out by now. I found Sean to be warm, compassionate, funny, and very highly skilled as a clinician. His help allowed me to transform a traumatic assault by a patient into an opportunity for growth and a deep learning experience. Sean is a great therapist/supervisor.\r \r Cristina Livingstone, LCAT, MS, R-DMT more

Editorial review from Citysearch 2/10/2013

Run for your psychological lives from this place! Especially, run away from Sean Grover LCSW who is a poison to the mind and soul. Acting like the proverbial Mr. Nice Guy for half a year, he will suddenly turn into Mr. Hyde and stab you in the gut with a friendly smile and a charming wink of the eye. Sean Grover has a schizoid personality--one minute your best friend, the next, your best enemy. Sean Grover hired a reputation-keeping web team to act like Big Brother and filter Sean Grover's bad yelp reviews, of which there are many. Be sure to read Sean Grover's filtered yelp reviews, the ones he is trying to prevent you from seeing. Read up on the director of this Freudian dungeon. more

Reasonably Priced Great Therapy 5/10/2012

Washington Square Institute is a great place for reasonably priced psychotherapy. I have supervised other therapists and worked with patients myself at the Institute for a long time. Through the years I have seen many people's lives improve. more

A stellar institution 4/21/2012

WSI is a psychoanalytic institute with a longstanding reputation of providing quality care. The staff is friendly and seek to provide the best for each and every patient. They listen to your concerns/needs and match you with a therapist based on those needs. Sliding scale fees enable people with limited incomes to seek out care as well. Individual, group and couples counseling is available at WSI. more

Director was sued for sexual harassment 12/1/2011

The Director is also a 89 year old pervert who has been sued for sexual harassment of staff and settled for a large payout. The case filings are on the internet. He is known to have had sexual relations with his staff and married two of them and divorced both of them. This is also well know by staff. Avoid him and the place is ok, good therapists , fair price. more

Dean/ Director is a horror 11/27/2011

Was a student here until I met the Dean who also is the Director. He is an old man who barely can hear but has a demeaning attitude toward everyone. He is offensive to his own employees, raises his voice, thinks he is the only one that knows anything and refers to his students as ""idiots"". This is supposed to be an environment to learn, instead it is one of abuse you must endure to progress. He thwarts the learning process and makes you want to cower in a corner. There is no exchange of ideas , his is the only one and if you dare disagree he will intentionally demean and denigrate you in front of others and behind your back. All staff know this and work around his conterproductive ways. Avoid this person and try to learn from the other instructors and staff who tend to be wise, friendly and willing to help you learn. Heard stories about the place closing down soon but I don't think they are true. I think there may jusy be trying to get the old Director out. more

Bad choice for therapy 7/28/2011

Disappointing place run by guy in his nineties who is arrogant and maybe more than a little senile. All the worst things you've ever heard about Freudian therapy. Nice building and receptionist but it could be dangerous to see these people who subject you to their outdated nineteenth century ideas of psychotherapy. Will tell you that your unconscious knows your mother raped you and you want to kill your father. more

I've Made Progress 5/16/2011

I've been seeing a therapist through WSI for a little over a year now. It was recommended to me by a friend when my LTR ended very badly. She had known someone else who went here and thought he'd been doing well since he began. I did find the intake process long and a bit frustrating, since I was in a deep depression when I first went and wanted to see someone asap. It took nearly 3 weeks for me to meet my assigned therapist, and I had to be proactive about it. However, I found the intake therapist very gentle and thorough, and ultimately felt confident that I would be paired with someone appropriate for my issues. As for the quality of the therapy itself: I have made some good progress in the year. At times therapy is frustrating, and of course I 'm sure my dissatisfaction at times is in part due to my issues--noone ever likes to be told that they are ""wrong"" in how they see the world or other people, and we all want results right away. At times I want to just be told what I'm doing as opposed to finding my way through talking (again, one of my issues). The place is quiet and clean, and on a few occasions after very emotional sessions I've been able to sit in the semiprivate waiting room to get myself collected before facing the real world. Sessions are 45/50 minutes long, and I wish some days that they were longer. My therapist will ""go over"" with me if she's not booked after me and feels we're at a critical point in our session. My therapist did refer me to an excellent psychiatrist (covered by my insurance) who really took her time with me before prescribing a low dosage of an antidepressant that I've found very effective. I have recommended WSI to friends. more

Excellent, Affordable Therapy 5/10/2011

I am also puzzled by these negative reviews...I have an excellent therapist, and I find WSI a warm, comfortable is clean, quiet and AFFORDABLE...I am very grateful for and to Washington Square. more

Great Place for Sliding Scale Therapy 4/15/2011

It's strange to see all of these bad reviews of Washington Square. I started in therapy at WSI two months ago. I had one intake. (I think there was an old system of multiple intakes. It no longer exists). Perhaps people who don't like their therapist write about it here--or maybe it's just the former intake process. My therapist is warm and compassionate. I feel I'm in good hands. I'm very grateful. more

horrible 3/21/2011

I was referred to this place by my primary care physician. The first interview was conducted by someone who seemed to have no experience and was just writing notes on a clipboard. more

Honest Therapists, Questionable Staff 7/13/2010

The introductory interview process left me extremely discouraged. The primary interview was conducted by a gruff, insensitive woman, the medical interview was costly and lasted all of five minutes, and the final meeting was also very brief - pretty much I took time out of work and paid a bunch of money to receive a summary of the previous two visits. My therapist turned out to be a very nice person, but seemed a bit inexperienced and also had trouble staying awake some sessions. We eventually made significant progress, but it took a while. I think I was looking to be challenged more, and instead I was just repeatedly told that I was all right. The office itself is not the most pleasant experience, but it's sufficient considering the semi-affordable cost of the sessions. I would have spent twice as much per session elsewhere, but maybe I would have made twice the progress. But really, it's not that bad. It's an affordable option for the uninsured to get some help. Just be honest and open in your sessions, and do your best to endure the interview process. more

A con, disappointing. 12/9/2009

I was shocked at how completely WSI failed at what seemed like such a great idea: Three tiers of interviews to match you with your perfect therapist. What could be more reassuring in a time of need than to NOT have to go through all the expense and time of testing out multitudes of therapists all alone? Instead they offer an initial outlay of ~$290 for your interviews and then matching with one of their many therapists. And if that person happens to not work out, hey! Now they know you even better! No need to lose hope! What a great idea. In FACT, I ended up going through my layers of interviews, shelling out my cash, being told to expect a call shortly with my personally hand-picked therapist (so exciting! who would they pick? what would they see in me that would make that person so right? would it be WONDERFUL?). But rather than ""shortly,"" I waited over two weeks before someone called me, and then when I asked if they could tell me why they thought that person was right for me I was told, ""Look, we're swamped, do you want the appointment or not?"" Skeptical, but not willing to risk leaving my curiosity unsatisfied, I took the appointment, and the therapist turned out to be fresh out of school and had absolutely NO experience with the one issue I had specifically asked for help with. To her credit, the therapist was honest with me about having no experience with the issue even SHE knew I cared about (it was in my chart after all), and I felt bad for her for being put through a mill like that. But I will never go back. WSI is a business. And let's not forget that after all of this, if you happen to have to cancel with ""a few days notice or less"" (whatever that means) on an appointment, you will still be charged for the FULL appointment. Not only that, you are REQUIRED to commit to a certain number of appointments in advance... all in the name of ""guaranteeing commitment to the process."" A process they seem to be entirely cynical about. They are all about milking desperate people for their cash. What a racket. What a con. Pros: None. Cons: Lengthy, expensive, failed to provide service advertised. more

question & complaint. 11/12/2009

I preface this with a question: Does anyone know what happened to the therapist named Katie that used to work there?? She was brilliant! and I can't find her and WSI will not give me her full name nor her contact information. Ok. This place is horrible, I really don't understand how people continue to go there because they really treat their patients like crap. After the therapist I had originally seen left (Katie, who was amazing) they didn't even tell me. Some woman called and said yes, you have an appointment with so and so tomorrow. I called back saying what happened to Katie??? She said oh she doesn't work here anymore. So then I ask if they can get me her information because I really liked her and they proceeded to tell me they didn't have time to look up information for me. They really do rob you. Everytime I have called there the secretary has treated me like dirt. I hate this place but I really would love to find Katie if she hasn't moved away. Cons: everything. more
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