Downtown CBT

Stephen Grimes, LCSW

I am a Certified Cognitive Therapist (CBT) located in NoHo, downtown New York City. I have worked successfully worked with many patients with anxiety, depression, and phobias. I have also have experience working with OCD and phobias.


Credentials and Biography


Education and Licensure:

  • BA - Leeds University, UK
  • Masters in Social Work – Hunter College School of Social Work, New York
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (with “R” privilege) – LCSW-R


Post Masters Training & Certification:

  • Training and ongoing supervision at the Beck Institute, Philadelphia
  • Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) certified – Diplomate status
  • BTTI certified (The Behavior Therapy Training Institute: OCD training)
  • Over 40 hours of Schema Therapy training and supervision with Jeff Young (who created it)
  • SIFI certified (to supervise Social Work students)



  • Academy of Cognitive Therapy - ACT
  • International OCD Foundation - IFOCD
  • Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy - ACBT


Biography and Philosophy of Care:

I grew up and was educated in rural England before moving to the US in 1991. Once in the US I began my career as a therapist and completed my Masters degree in Social Work in New York in 1996. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I work at my private practice. When I am not there I work for a Not for Profit outpatient clinic with low-income families and individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Brooklyn.

 Therapy can be expensive and energy consuming. My goal is that you feel better at the end of each session, and increasingly healthy over time. It’s important that my clients feel they are getting their “money’s worth”. I have a direct, active working style. Together, we unravel the thoughts and behaviors that have been causing problems, identify some of the possible origins, and go to work on bringing about change. I work hard for my clients and I explain the techniques I use so that they can learn to use them themselves.

 I believe that most of the time we don’t hurt ourselves, or “sabotage” our lives on purpose. We’re all just trying to do what feels best; and sometimes this leads us down the wrong path. I believe that we all make mistakes, that we all have things we’re ashamed of, and that beating ourselves up for those things is understandable, but it’s effectiveness is limited.

 Combining evidence based CBT techniques, Compassion, and a healthier life style is a great combination for beginning the process towards positive change!