I am a psychodynamically trained licensed psychologist who incorporates interventions from other theoretical orientations.

Utilizing interpersonal therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness techniques, I provide an individualized treatment for each patient.


Dr. Pavlinovic's Approach 

I work with individuals who are struggling with low self-esteem, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal problems. My goal is to help my patients improve aspects of their lives in order to feel more confident about themselves, happier in their interpersonal relationships, and more creative in their everyday life.

I facilitate safe therapeutic space in which my patients can explore their relational patterns and create a meaningful narrative of their lives. Within this framework, I aspire to create a therapeutic relationship in which my patients feel authentic, validated, and understood. My approach to psychotherapy is collaborative and active, as my patient and I, formulate together patient’s needs and goals, and the most effective ways to achieve them.


About Dr. Lilly Pavlinovic

Dr. Lilly Pavlinovic is a psychodynamically trained psychologist. She is licensed as a clinical psychologist in New York State.

Dr. Pavlinovic received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Long Island NY. She is currently enrolled in the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Prior to her doctoral training, Dr. Pavlinovic obtained her M.A. in Psychoanalytic Studies from the New School, New York, NY. She received B.A. from University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia. 

While she is primarily psychodynamically trained psychotherapist, Dr. Pavlinovic utilizes techniques and concepts from other theoretical approaches, including Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma-focused Treatment.

Dr. Pavlinovic completed an APA-accredited internship at Manhattan Psychiatric Center where she has specialized in treatment of chronic mental illnesses, including severe Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, and Schizoaffective Disorders.

Dr. Pavlinovic has also specialized in trauma treatment and crisis intervention, working with patients who suffered from extreme traumas and PTSD in outpatient and inpatient settings. She led specialized trauma recovery groups at Manhattan Psychiatric Center. She provided grief counseling and crisis intervention for survivors and family members of victims of September 11th events. She has also worked with victims of war crimes and refuges from former Yugoslavia. Dr. Pavlinovic completed several trauma-focused trainings. She is currently working with victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence in individual and group settings.

Dr. Pavlinovic has specialized in working with students who are struggling with various adjustment issues, including struggles for identity, isolation, interpersonal problems, separation-individuation issues, maladaptive coping, academic problems, etc.

Dr. Pavlinovic obtained ten years of clinical experience, working as a consultant at two outpatient clinics in the Metropolitan area with diverse patients with a broad range of psychiatric diagnoses. In addition to providing psychotherapy services, she conducted psychological and neuropsychological assessments, and wrote comprehensive court reports for forensic patients.

Dr. Pavlinovic has also accumulated extensive experiences with people of color, LGBT, as well as new immigrants. She also worked with individuals who suffer from HIV-related issues.