James F. Battaglia

I was born and raised in northern New Jersey and pursued a doctoral degree at New York University from the mid 1980s through the early 1990s.  I trained in New York City’s schools, clinics, and hospitals, including Kings County Hospital and SUNY - Brooklyn Health Science Center.  For almost twenty years, I have practiced psychology with children, adolescents, and adults–-in New Jersey near where I grew up and in New York City.  Due to the pandemic, my work with patients is online for the foreseeable future.


I practice the Gestalt Therapy approach to psychotherapy which champions an authentic, therapeutic relationship and commitment to dialogue.  I have studied, and continue to study, this approach in California, New York and abroad.  I do not consider myself the “authority” who is there to solve my patient’s problems.  Rather, I work collaboratively with my patient to unravel meaning, to enhance awareness, and to discover or create choices that are more effective and authentic.  I believe wholeheartedly in Anne Isabella Ritchie’s observation, “If you give a man a fish he is hungry again in an hour.  If you teach him to catch a fish, you do him a good turn.”


In addition to psychotherapy, I administer neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments of children and adults.  Typically, these evaluations are done when there is a suspicion of learning issues, a disagreement with an evaluation completed by another evaluator, or a need for classroom or testing accommodations.  I also provide expert witness testimony on matters involving child welfare, education, and immigration.  The last two services are not being provided during the pandemic.  


Over the years, I have worked with several hundred children, adolescents, and adults.  I am pleased to know that people experience me as an empathic, genuine, and competent clinician who approaches patients with dedication and a sense of humor.


My practice is diverse and I see people of all ages and backgrounds.  I am especially interested in the care of adolescents and young adults who are finding their way in the city.  There is little I hear that surprises me and even less that I have not heard before.  I support the resiliency of those in difficult situations and I am moved when asked to be a part of their journey.


I look forward to beginning our work together.

                                                                                                       ~Doc JB

Thank you for your counsel and words of professional wisdom when it came to my son’s learning disabilities, that helped him along the way to this road of success he currently is still on. I would like to thank you personally for helping me understand and guiding me in helping my son on his path for a better future.

Mother of Adolescent Psychotherapy Patient