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   About the Founder



Joan D. Atwood, Ph.D., LMFT, LCSW

Dr. Atwood is a SocialPsychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

She is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of AAMFT. She is also the President and CEO of Marriage and Family Therapy of New York  PLLC, located in Rockville Centre, Williston Park, Sag Harbor and New York City. These organizations provide services to individuals living on Long Island and New York City.   She and her team are devoted to the empowerment and wellness of individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Atwood has carefully selected her MFT Team for their specialized expertise. Please click the bar below to read about them.

In addition, Dr. Atwood is the past President of the New York State Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and was awarded the Long Island Family Therapist of the Year award for outstanding contributions to the field.


She is a Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy as well as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology.


Dr. Atwood has published twenty one books and over 100 journal articles.   She serves on the Editorial Board of most journals in the field; she holds Diplomate status and is a Clinical Supervisor on the American Board of Sexology; she has been elected to the National Academy of Social Workers; is a certified Imago therapist; and has served on the President's Commission for Domestic Policy. Among her many projects, Dr. Atwood is the co-developer of the P.E.A.C.E. Program (Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness), a court based educational program for parents obtaining a divorce.


Dr. Atwood has made numerous TV appearances and Radio and Newspaper interviews. She is in private practice in Individual, Marriage and Family Therapy in Rockville Centre, Williston Park, Sag Harbor, and New York City.

"My style and beliefs are to create a safe environment within which individuals, couples, and families can explore their issues and challenges.

I do this using brief solution focused therapy embedded in a narrative view. This means that I assist people in seeing their lives in more healthy
ways as they overcome the challenges in their lives. This occurs in an atmosphere of empowerment and growth.

My preferred methods of doing therapy is to go on a journey with my clients to learn about their problematic "stuck points" and to assist them in
moving forward.

On this journey, empowerment and growth are two key factors that we strive to achieve.

I have studied psychology, sex therapy, and marriage and family therapy for many years, collecting a Doctorate and 3 Masters Degrees along
the way. In addition, I did many years of post graduate work.

My most substantive learning though comes from my many years of working with clients."

Thank you for visiting our website.

Dr. Joan D. Atwood

To schedule an appointment call
516-770-4085 or
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Job Opportunity

Experienced therapist needed to work in the RVC Office. If you are interested, please email your resume to Dr.Atwood at

   Message from Dr. Atwood


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