About Me

Dr. Laurie Nisco (Laura K. Nisco) is a clinical psychologist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. She maintains a private practice in New York City and Westchester County, NY. She has over 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist, and worked for 14 years at community mental health centers in Brooklyn and the Bronx prior to transitioning to full-time private practice. Among her areas of expertise are problems such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, grief and loss, relationship issues, and trauma. She has experience working with addictions and eating disorders.

Dr. Nisco is trained in cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and schema therapies, and she integrates these approaches in designing interventions that are tailored to the unique needs and and goals of each client. She works collaboratively and compassionately with clients to help them develop awareness, learn new skills, and bring about the changes and personal growth they are seeking.


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. 
B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University.

Other Professional Experience

Dr. Nisco was an adjunct assistant professor at Teachers College, Columbia University from 1998 - 2007, teaching and supervising graduate students in psychology. She taught the following graduate-level courses:

Comparative Psychotherapies
Group Dynamics: A Systems Perspective
Ethics and Professional Issues in Psychology
Transference and Countertransference
Fieldwork in Applied Psychology
Clinical Assessment

She taught Group Dynamics at John Jay College of Criminal Justice from 2000 - 2003.


Licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in New York State. License #013926.

Additional Training

Post-doctoral training program in Couples & Family Therapy at New York University

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) externship

Schema Therapy Advanced Certification program

PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy) Level I

Gottman- The Seven Principle for Making Marriage Work


Certified group relations consultant, A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems

Professional Activities and Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)
New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA)
Westchester County Psychological Association (WCPA)

International Center for Excellence in Emotion Focused Therapy (ICCEFT)
International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST)

Organizations related to group processes and relations:

A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI)
American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)
Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society (EGPS)
NY Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems 
Western Group Psychotherapy Society (WGPS)


Nisco, L., & Meiland, P. (2005). The use of psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational assessment. In S. Austrian, Mental Disorders, Medications, and Clinical Social Work (pp. 231-253). New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Paper Presentations

Attachment style and relationship quality in caregiver well-being
Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA, August 1998

Attachment style and well-being of daughters who are caregivers
Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Philadelphia, PA, November, 1998


Attachment style and well-being of daughters who are caregivers
Gerontological Society of America
Behavioral and Social Sciences Section Dissertation Award, 1998

Attachment style, memories of maternal care, and conflict in caregiver well-being
American Psychological Association Div. 20: Adult Development and Aging, and the Retirement Research Foundation, 1999