Psychotherapy, Ph.D., LMHC, CBT

Dr. Ron Panvini is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist.


Psychotherapy is the use of psychological methods, through personal interaction, to help individuals change behavior, increase well-being, and overcome problems. Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual’s mental health, to resolve or alleviate troublesome behaviors, thoughts, or emotions and to improve relationships. When engaging in psychotherapy, a person seeks help for their conflicts and difficulties regarding their ability to love and work. Conflicts in one’s ability to love include problems with self-worth, socialization, friendships, dating, relationships, marriage, divorce, infidelity and sexuality. Conflicts in one’s ability to work include troubles with school, education, career, life’s purpose, money and independence. States of being such as anxiety and depression are explored with the goal of improving our ability to live meaningful and purposeful lives.

Most psychotherapies have as their goal bringing what is unconscious to consciousness. We are so used to being ourselves we may be blind to the patterns of behavior we have developed through childhood and adolescence. Inviting a trained professional to hear your story and help you gain a deeper perspective on yourself may open doors to many new possibilities for you. Through openly discussing the details of your life, past and present, you increase the chance for new insights and understanding about yourself. By seeing yourself and your life more clearly you can learn to make the necessary changes to achieving your life’s goals. Psychotherapy is based in science but is actually an art – the art human interaction, understanding, connection and emotional growth.

Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.)

A doctorate in clinical psychology is awarded by a university after completion of 120 graduate credits beyond master’s level coursework. The course of study takes 4 to 7 years to complete and includes academic coursework, a written dissertation, and extensive clinical experience in the form of Practicums and Internships, most often in psychiatric units of major hospitals, such as The Bellevue Medical Center in New York City. Doctors of Clinical Psychology do not prescribe medication but are trained to recommend and refer patients to psychiatrists who can prescribe medication. Clinical psychology integrates science, theory, and clinical interventions for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically-based distress and to promote well-being and personal development.

Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

A Mental Health Counselor is a practitioner licensed by a state for the independent practice of psychotherapy. Mental Health Counselors diagnose and treat psychological problems. Mental health counseling is a distinct profession with national standards for education, training and clinical practice. Mental health counselors adhere to a rigorous code of ethics. Mental health counselors are highly skilled professionals who provide a full range of services including: Assessment and diagnosis, psychotherapy, treatment planning as well as solution-focused and insight therapy.

Certified Bioenergetic Therapist (CBT)

A Certified Bioenergetic Therapist (CBT) has completed 4 years of post-graduate training, plus required hours of professional supervision and personal Bioenergetic therapy. CBTs, often referred to as Bioenergetic Therapists, practice the psychotherapeutic modality of Bioenergetic Analysis. Other names for Bioenergetic Analysis are: Bioenergetics, Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, Body-Oriented Therapy, Mind/Body Therapy, Body/Mind Therapy and Somatic Psychotherapy. Bioenergetics, which sees mind and body as functionally identical, integrates traditional talk therapy with active bodywork to help people move past long standing blocks to their emotional well-being. All CBTs are required to have advanced educational degrees and are licensed to practice by a US state. I am licensed to practice in New York State.