Psychotherapy + Psychiatry

Practice Philosophy

I understand it is a big decision to seek help. I am glad you have taken steps toward treatment. I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist who helps adults struggling with anxiety, depression, their identities and relationships.

Our minds are instrumental in shaping our lives. Often, what has worked for you before no longer helps you in the present. We will work together to understand your story, help you to feel better, gain greater self-knowledge, and achieve a more fulfilling life.

My specialty is psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I also provide medication management to supplement psychotherapy when it is appropriate. I work with English and Mandarin speaking patients.

Your treatment is personal and confidential. I am dedicated to protecting the privacy of my patients and the confidential information entrusted to me. Your health information is safeguarded in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the State of New York.

My Background

I graduated from Williams College with a B.A. with Honors after studying English literature and Sociology. I earned an M.D. from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed adult psychiatry residency at New York University affiliated clinics and hospitals.

I have treated patients from a diversity of backgrounds who seek help for a variety of concerns. Some of my areas of interest include immigration, gender, race, parenting. In my non-clincal work, I am a Clinical Instructor at the NYU Department of Psychiatry and have published papers in basic science, pediatrics, and psychotherapy.


Fee + Payment

Please contact me with any questions about fees.

I am an "out of network" provider on most insurance panels. I will provide you with a statement that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

I accept all major credit/debit cards.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is psychotherapy?

    Psychotherapy, or therapy, is a psychological treatment to help individuals, couples and families who are struggling with different challenges. There are many forms of therapy, such as psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, supportive therapy, couples/family therapy. Therapy has been scientifically proven to help people with a variety of struggles to create positive change in their lives.

  • What kind of therapy do you practice?

    Therapy is an individualized experience. Psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy focuses on how your self-understanding and relationships with others may be influenced by things out of your awareness and by your past, such as early childhood experiences. I use tools from CBT, which focuses on improving coping skills by recognizing unhelpful patterns in thinking, feelings and behaviors. I also draw on family/systems therapy to understand how you may be affected by your social environment.

  • How long does therapy last?

    Therapy can be short- or long-term. In the beginning of treatment, I typically meet several times with a patient in order to create a therapy plan that is suitable and mutually agreeable.

  • What is psychiatry?

    Psychiatry is a medical specialty for the treatment of psychological illness. Typical illnesses treated by psychiatrists include depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, substance abuse, personality disorder, schizophrenia, as well as a variety of other diagnosed and undiagnosed illnesses. Psychiatrists utilize knowledge from the biological, psychological, and social/environmental fields to help their patient.

  • How do you combine psychiatry and psychotherapy?

    Psychotherapy and psychiatry are complementary approaches helping individuals who are struggling psychologically. In practice, my expertise in both fields provides you with comprehensive evaluation and treatment.

  • Do you prescribe medications?

    I believe medication can be a useful tool for the right problem. If I recommend a medication for you, we will thoroughly discuss the indication as well as the potential benefits and risks so you can make an informed decision.

  • Do you offer telehealth?

    Currently, all sessions are conducted via telehealth.

  • How can I make an appointment?

    If you are interested in making an appointment or have further questions, you may call 646-580-6446, email contact@louisahongmd.com, or complete the contact form. You will typically receive a response within 1-2 business days.

  • What will happen at the first appointment?

    We will spend the first few sessions exploring your primary concern(s), your recent life, your history, so that I may begin to understand you and how I may help you. You will also begin to experience what it is like to be in treatment with me. We will address any of your questions. We will also discuss how to set up your treatment going forward.

Get In Touch

Please call, email, or complete the contact form if you have questions or want to set up an appointment.

You may also request an appointment via Zocdoc.