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, or scared, or dissatisfied let's get to work on it!


Credentials and Biography


· Licensed Clinical Social Worker (with “R” privilege) – LCSW-R

· Training and ongoing supervision at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 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 - ACTInternational

· 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. In addition to providing cognitive therapy at Downtown CBT, I also supervise therapists at several Not for Profit outpatient clinics. These clinics are dedicated to working 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!