Dr. Alan Dienstag is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in New York City and Westchester County. Dr. Dienstag received his doctoral degree from Yeshiva University and did his clinical internship at New York State Psychiatric Institute.
In his private practice Dr. Dienstag works with adults and teenagers in individual and group psychotherapy and with older adults dealing with the psychological burdens of caregiving.
He has worked closely with both the New York City and Westchester County chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association as a consultant and supervisor for support group leaders, and in 1995 started the first support group in Westchester County for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. In 1997 he co-founded the Lifelines writing group for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease with author Don DeLillo. This project has received significant attention in national publications and on network television. In 2004 Dr. Dienstag published an account of the lifelines experience in an anthology entitled Mental Wellness in Aging edited by Judah Ronch Ph.D. In 2009 this work was featured on npr’s “Speaking of Faith” a nationally syndicated radio program.
Dr. Dienstag joined the staff of the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Community Counselling Center in 1989. The not-for-profit Center provides counselling, crisis intervention and school-based drug and alcohol prevention services to adolescents, adults and families. He currently serves as Clinical Director for the Center's professional staff and student interns.