Psychotherapist for Individuals, Couples, and Families


Gail J. Shapiro, Ph.D., MA, MS is a marriage and family therapist who practices narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, Imago therapy, Bowen therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness with individuals, couples, and families. She has a master’s degree in legal studies, a second master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (a hybrid degree: Sociology & Social Psychology). Gail is the founder of a mediation services and training company called Connecticut Mediation. She was awarded "best mediation trainer" in Connecticut by the Connecticut Law Tribune. Gail has been an associate professor for over 20 years and is a published author  ("Peaceful Colors"). Her dissertation is published at ProQuest, she presented her dissertation paper at an academic conference and has been a guest speaker about dispute resolution, tapping into your potential using your strengths, values, needs and joys, conflict triggers, stress reduction, and human conflict behavior at numerous organizations for over 25 years.

Gail works with individuals, couples, and families on positive communication, reducing stress or anxiety, mindfulness, problem-solving, developing good habits, understanding one’s life story, win/win negotiating, how to thrive during a relationship breakup, cultivating healthy self-esteem, achieving goals, managing life transitions, and understanding multigenerational family patterns.

Gail Shapiro

Work Experience

Gotham Psychotherapy – Psychotherapist (2023 – Present)

New York Behavioral Health - Psychotherapist (2021 - 2022)

LIM College - Professor - Taught courses in: Leadership and Negotiation, Management, Applied Marketing Research, and Developing and Exercising Leadership and Influence in Organizations (2012 - 2020)

Connecticut Mediation - Mediation Program Developer, Mediator, and Trainer (2000 - 2018)

Eastern Connecticut State University - Professor - Taught courses in the Social Work and Communications departments (2004 - 2016)

Fairfield University - Professor - Taught courses in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program (2012)

Additional Work Experience - Professor - Various colleges and universities in the New York area for over 20 years


Mercy College - Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy

NOVA Southeastern University - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Social Psychology/Sociology - Conflict Analysis & Resolution

Montclair State University - Master of Arts, Legal Studies, Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

George Washington University - Bachelor of Arts, Arts Administration

License & Certifications

New York State Permit #P119842

Trauma Resource Institute - Resiliency Model: TRM1 & Community Resiliency Model: CRM

Mercy College Graduate Mentorship Program - Narrative Therapy Training/CTMF Academy - Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Training

CITI Program - Social-Behavioral-Educational (SBE) Training

NOVA Southeastern University - Narrative Mediation Training

NVC Academy - Nonviolent Communication Training

Domestic Violence Crisis Center - Domestic Violence Awareness Training, Anger Management Training

True Colors International - Colors Personality Assessment Training

Professional Activities & Memberships

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)