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About Dr. Robin Young

Dr. Robin Young is a licensed psychoanalyst and clinical social worker with more than thirty years of professional experience and training. Her therapeutic approach aims at helping people learn to overcome negative feelings and patterns common to everyone, but especially to those suffering from varying degrees of obesity. Using specific therapeutic methods, she helps people avoid feeling driven and oppressed by anxieties around food and other self-defeating behaviors. Her practice is grounded in the belief that integrated individuals will live life fully and with a high degree of satisfaction because they will choose what to do in order to get what they need from the world.

Dr. Young’s counseling work is focused on people diagnosed with obesity, especially those electing to undergo bariatric surgery. Obesity can lead to serious physical and mental health problems, such as diabetes and depression. Though bariatric surgery can resolve the physical health problems stemming from obesity, even after surgery the body and mind continue to undergo dramatic changes, which can be overwhelming and confusing, and can prolong feelings of low self-esteem.

Dr. Young incorporates a wide spectrum of techniques in working with people considering bariatric surgery as well as those who have already undergone the surgery. Her techniques include cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, relaxation and yoga exercises, and visualization. Learning to adjust to a “new body,” with its different cues and the demand for an adjusted lifestyle, is a personal challenge. It is with these challenges that Dr. Young is most helpful.


  • Columbia University and New York University
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work
    (licensed and Board certified)
  • Licensed Psychoanalyst in New York State
  • Certified in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy


  • American Psychoanalytic Association
  • American Association of Psychoanalysts in Clinical Social Work
  • National Psychological Association of Psychoanalysts

Professional Positions

  • Assistant adjunct professor at New York University
  • Supervisor of mental health professionals
About Dr. Robin Young

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Becoming an Integrated individual

Personal Challenges after Bariatric surgery


“I have a unique understanding of the ins and outs of being a bariatric patient because I myself was one. I had successful bariatric surgery and have worn a Lap-Band since 2004. The most valuable assistance that I offer people under my care is my understanding and insight. I want to help others navigate the path to a happier and healthy future.”

- Dr. Robin Young