Erika Malm Cooley, LCSW

I work with individuals, couples, and families. I specialize in the treatment of conditions including stress and anxiety; personal and professional relationship issues; infertility, pregnancy, and postpartum issues; and eating disorders. I provide education and guidance for family members of individuals with mental illness, and provide family therapy for parents and adult children. I am trained in psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral (CBT), dialectical behavioral (DBT), and sensorimotor psychotherapy.

I have been a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation (TM) and yoga for over 20 years, and I am a Registered Yoga Teacher. If indicated and requested, I integrate these practices into my clinical work.

Through our work together, I help my patients develop successful strategies for dealing with daily challenges and understand the underlying causes of these challenges. As a result of this process, clients develop the psychological insights and skills required to make positive and lasting changes. 

Working closely with other providers (including primary medical doctors, psychiatrists, and dietitians), I ensure patients receive the most comprehensive and effective care possible.

Please call (212) 461-4249, or email me using the form below so we can talk more about what you're looking for and how I can help. You can also scroll down to learn more about my background.

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Erika Malm Cooley, L.C.S.W. LCS 077332


  • Clinical Director, Erika Cooley Therapy. Private Practice in New York and Los Angeles since 2005
  • Associate Clinical Director, Columbus Park Collaborative. Supervised staff clinicians, oversaw treatment plans for adult and adolescent patients, provided individual, group and family therapy.
  • Co-Founder, WiseMind DBT. Dialectical Behavioral Skills Groups for patients with eating disorders in New York and Los Angeles.
  • Attending Therapist, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Adult Eating Disorders Program. Provided individual, group and family therapy for adults with eating and co-occurring disorders.
  • Staff Clinician, UCLA Adult Inpatient Unit. Provided individual and family therapy and education to patients with severe mental illness.
  • Staff Therapist, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Provided long-term individual psychotherapy for adolescents, college students and adults.
  • Staff Therapist, Blanton-Peale Institute. Provided short-term individual and couples therapy for adults.
  • Deputy Director, Project Renewal-Tides Center. Developed a stress-reduction program for New York City public school teachers, ran yoga/stress reduction program, and trained teachers in stress reduction strategies for K-12 students.
  • Social Work Intern, St. Vincent's Hospital World Trade Center Healing Services. Provided individual and group trauma treatment to adolescents.
  • Acu-Detox Specialist, St. Vincent's World Trade Center Healing Services. Provided auricular acupuncture for the treatment of substance abuse, trauma and stress.
  • Senior Program Associate, The Aspen Institute.
    • Researched and wrote publications on poverty alleviation methods in the United States.
    • Developed and launched, an online mentoring program that connects small business owners with business mentors. Mission statement: “To help small businesses grow faster, generate more revenue, and employ more people.”


  • Year-long Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills training with Dr. Emily Lefkowitz at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Adult Eating Disorders Program
  • Trained in Christopher Fairburn's CBT for eating disorders and other CBT modalities, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Adult Eating Disorders Program
  • Two-year postgraduate program in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
  • One-year postgraduate program in sensorimotor psychotherapy for the treatment of trauma, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
  • Master of Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Wesleyan University
  • Registered Yoga Teacher, Laughing Lotus NYC
  • Certified Acu-Detox Specialist, National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)


  • Cooley, E. M. (2008, October) “RE: Late Bloomers” [Letter to the editor]. The New Yorker.
  • Malm, E. (2007, March). The Effects of Yoga on Perceived Stress and Coping Among New York City School Staff. Presented at Body, Mind and Spirit: Innovations in Research, Practice and Pedagogy Conference, sponsored by Harvard Divinity School, Lesley University, and Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Cambridge, MA
  • Malm, E. (2003, March). The Informal Economy and Microenterprise in the United States. Published by The Aspen Institute, Washington, DC.