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.

Contact: / 646-761-3387


I’m a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. I believe in getting people feeling better as quickly as possible and then teaching them tools that they can go on to use themselves without depending on a therapist. If something in your life is making you feel sad, scared, or dissatisfied - let's work on it!


Education and Experience

- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (“R” privilege) – LCSW-R, Licensed in New York and New Jersey.

- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training: Beck Institute.

- Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) certified – Diplomate status.

- Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) certified

- Over 40 hours of Schema Therapy training

- Seminar Training in Field Instruction (SIFI) certified

Biography and Philosophy of Care:

I grew up and was educated in rural England before moving to the US in 1991. Once in the United States, I began my career as a therapist and completed my Master’s degree in Social Work in New York in 1996. In addition, providing cognitive therapy at Downtown CBT, I also supervise therapists at several Nonprofit outpatient clinics. These clinics are dedicated to working with low-income families and individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout New York State.

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!