Dr. Fred’s Therapeutic Services


The focus of Dr. Zelinger’s private practice is on helping individuals, couples, and families to improve or enhance the complicated relationships that so often impact their quality of life. The combinations are diverse and changing, involving: interactions with schools, careers, social needs, family function, and the relationship of individuals, couples or families to their surrounding environment. Continue reading

About Dr. Fred

Interview Discussing Anxiety and the Coronavirus (March, 2020)

Humans have always experienced anxiety as a defense mechanism to danger, says Fred Zelinger, a Cedarhurst psychologist. “Anxiety is fundamentally a survival need. If something worries us, we end up doing something to be safe, to avoid the danger,” he says.

But it’s no longer a sabre-toothed tiger that’s the threat, Zelinger says. Now it’s COVID-19, and the “doing something” might be frantically searching for hand sanitizer or stocking up on food in case of a quarantine.

Humans are social creatures and we live in groups. That means we often also react to follow the herd, experts say.

Zelinger and his wife, Laurie, are both psychologists who understand the mechanics of anxiety. Yet on a recent visit to Costco, where they saw shoppers stocking up on cases of water, they felt sucked in and bought a case even though they have a water filtration system at home.

“We did this impulsively, based on what everyone else is doing,” Fred Zelinger says. And when they were on line, Laurie noticed a sign saying there was a cap of two cases of water per family. “I’m whispering to Fred, ‘Should we get a second one? Just to be safe maybe?’” she says.

Read the entire article on Newsday

Dr. Fred Zelinger was nominated by his peers for the prestigious award as
the Doctor of Distinction in Psychology for 2014 on Long Island. Continue reading