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Michael Zentman, Ph.D.

Relationship & Couples Counseling
Centerport New York 11721

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About Dr. Michael Zentman

Specializing as a Couples and Marriage Counselor for over 40 years

Most folks start couple therapy when they experience a significant loss of their emotional bond, when their relationship is no longer providing the comfortable companionship that they’ve been accustomed to. The relationship may not feel emotionally safe anymore. This can be a painful and frightening situation, especially when the relationship seems to have lost its resilience.  I have found that most marriages and committed relationships can heal and grow. When I work with a couple I focus on obstacles to emotional intimacy. Since many couples find that they get caught in repetitive and unproductive patterns of conflict, my job is to help them identify and overcome these patterns and reestablish their emotional connection.  Once these impasses have been cleared, they can rediscover each other.  What a relief!

I work with couples experiencing:

  • The pain and disruption of an affair
  • Loss of intimacy
  • Co-Parenting & Family Conflict
  • Communication Difficulties
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • The risk of divorce
  • Difficult Life Transitions
  • Grief & Loss

I currently specialize in the following: Marital Therapy with highly distressed couples, with couples that have severe and persistent problems, with couples struggling through the impact of an affair and with couples facing the prospect of divorce; and Family Therapy with adults and their parents and with adult siblings.

My Training & Qualifications as a Marriage Counselor:

I have been a clinical psychologist for 44 years and teaching and supervising at the graduate and post-doctoral level for 35 years. After receiving my doctorate in Clinical Psychology, I completed five additional years of formal institute training in family and marital therapy. In addition to my practice, I am an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Postgraduate Program in Couple Therapy at Adelphi University. 

Website: drmdz.com 


Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

  • Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
  • Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

Certificate in Group Therapy

  • Postdoctoral Program in Group Therapy
  • Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

Certificate in Family Therapy

  • Family Therapy Training Program
  • Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, Philadelphia, PA

Advanced Seminar: Marital Therapy

  • Westchester Institute for the Family, Westchester, NY

Advanced Supervisory Seminars

  • Ackerman Institute Faculty, New York, NY

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

  • St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY


  • Zentman, M. (2011). In the Shadow of the Holocaust. Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology, 33, 51-59.
  • Zentman, M. (2011). Integrated Couples Therapy: A Family Developmental Approach to the Treatment of Couples Incorporating Psychoanalytic and Systemic Models. In Casado, M. & Carson, D. (Eds.) Case Studies in Couples Therapy (Pg. 357 – 367). Boca Raton, FL: Taylor and Francis Group, Routledge, New York.
  • Family Therapy, (1994). in Benjamin Wolman, M.D. & George Stricker, Ph.D., (eds.) Anxiety and Related Disorders: A Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, New York.

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83 Stony Hollow Road
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