Psychotherapist for Individuals, Couples, and Families

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

Gail has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, a second master’s degree in legal studies, and a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. 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 Shapiro

Work Experience

Gotham Psychotherapy – Psychotherapist (2023 – Present)

New York Behavioral Health - Psychotherapist (2021 - 2022)

LIM College - Professor (2017 - 2023)

Calm the Conflict - Founder and Certified Workplace & Family Mediation Expert (2014 - 2019)

Hartford Behavioral Health - Mediation Trainer - Juvenile Justice Mediation (2014)

Fairfield University - Mediation Consultant, Trainer & Consortium Developer (2009 - 2011)

Fairfield University Marriage & Family Therapy Masters Degree Program - Adjunct Professor (2007 - 2008)

Eastern Connecticut State University - Online Adjunct Professor & Onsite Adjunct Professor Online Adjunct Professor & Onsite Adjunct Professor (2004 - 2017)

Connecticut Mediation Training & Services - Founder (1998 - 2017)


Mercy University - Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy

Nova Southeastern University - Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Social Psychology / Conflict Analysis & Resolution (Individuals & Organizations)

Montclair State University - M.A., Legal Studies / Alternative Dispute Resolution

The George Washington University - B.A., Arts Administration

License & Certifications

Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery (RCRR) - Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

Trauma Resource Institute - Trauma Resiliency Model: TRM Level One & Community Resiliency Model : CRM - HIPAA Awareness for Mental Health

New York State License #P119842

Professional Activities & Memberships

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR)


Identifying the Factors That Influence Conflict Management Behavior of Human Resource Professionals in the Workplace: An Analysis of the Relationship Between Personality and Conflict Management Behavior (Doctoral Dissertation), Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2014.

Peaceful Colors - How to Prevent and Resolve Everyday Conflict Using True Colors; True Colors Publishing, Riverside, CA, 2003.