Nancy Arnold Payne, PhD, LCSW, MA

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant-in-Training

About Me

Nancy Payne is a trauma-trained clinician with 18 years of experience, following a career as an organizational psychologist. She maintains a private practice in the Lincoln Center area of Manhattan and works with diverse patients with complex challenges from psychodynamic, attachment, and trauma-focused perspectives, and through her work addresses the cumulative impact of intergenerational and historical trauma. Nancy worked as a research social worker in a depression study at New York State Psychiatric Institute for seven years, during which she completed the two-year Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program at ICP. In 2013, she completed the ICP Trauma Studies Training Program and a PhD in social work from NYU, where she pursued research on the impact of trauma on pregnancy with inner-city teen mothers. Nancy has published in the mood disorders and complex trauma arenas. She supervises and teaches at ICP and teaches in the NYU Silver School of Social Work Post-Graduate Clinical Track. Her certifications include EMDR and Jungian Sand Tray Therapy. She has received training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, hypnosis, and Internal Family Systems. Nancy also incorporates mindfulness-based stress reduction, meditation, imagery techniques, and energy work, including EFT, to assist her patients attain greater stabilization, connect to their resilience, and tap into their own resources for healing.

Education & Experience

Eighteen years clinical experience NYU Silver School of Social Work, Doctorate, November 2017 Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, Certificate, May 2013, two-year postgraduate certification in trauma studies and trauma-informed psychotherapy Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, Certificate, May 2005, two-year postgraduate certification in psychoanalytic psychotherapy New York University, MSW, May 2000, Social Work in Psychiatry/Mental Health Research Columbia University, M.A., Organizational Psychology, May 1985, Organization Development State University of New York, College at Purchase, B.A., May 1981, Experimental Psychology

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Volunteer work: Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, New York, NY Member, Programs and Projects Committee, January 2014-ongoing Member, Training Committee, January 2018, ongoing Presenter, Community Development Project providing education and resources to a range of social service and lay agencies/organizations on identifying trauma and treating post traumatic stress Clinical supervisor, Trauma Studies Program Memberships: EMDRIA International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation National Association of Social Workers New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Psychotherapy and Training Collective of New York City Sand Play Therapists of America Society for Social Work and Research World Association for Infant Mental Health

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Depression
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Underserved


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Healthfirst, OON with other insurers