Lesley Alderman is a psychotherapist and journalist based in Brooklyn, NY.

Lesley works at group practices in Midtown Manhattan and Park Slope. She writes about mental health and wellness for national and local news outlets including The New York Times‘ Well blog.

Lesley was a staff writer for Money magazine, a deputy editor at Real Simple and a co-author of The New York Times Patient Money column. Her debut book, The Book of Times (WilliamMorrow), a compendium of facts about measured time, was published in 2013 and was well-reviewed in People, Parade, Yahoo!, Mental Floss and The New York Post. She edited the book, First Impressions: What You Don’t Know About How Others See You (Bantam), which was translated into 24 languages.

In addition to being a devoted yoga practitioner, Lesley has also taught yoga to children and adults. She received her yoga teaching certification from Om Yoga in 2009.

Lesley serves on the board of The Rosa Vera Fund, a non-profit that provides healthcare to disabled children and their families in Montero, Bolivia.

Lesley graduated magna cum laude from Hamilton College with a degree in psychology. She received her Master of Social Work from New York University, where she was a member of the Phi Alpha honor society.

An enthusiastic traveler, Lesley has spent time in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Vietnam, Laos, Hong Kong, Ecuador, Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico and Cuba. Her favorite city, after Brooklyn, is Mexico City (she has been four times).