Lissa Hunsicker, LCSW
|Professions: Clinical Social Work|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Clinical social work - 076002|
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I have 10+ years experience working with adults, children and couples In the NYC area. I believe therapy should be a safe space for the full expression of thoughts and feelings. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, parenting problems, infertility, relationship issues, or career problems, I will be invested in helping you gain relief from pain, cope with life's stress, move forward toward your goals and create the life you want to live. My approach is eclectic, drawing from Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, Trauma-Focused, and Family Systems theories. Individual sessions are 45 minutes; for couples, 60 minutes.
I specialize in helping people explore their problem from a number of angles: assess the current bio-psycho-social situation, explore the past in order to understand behavioral patterns established or trauma/pain suffered, look closely at thoughts, and finally come up with some practical solutions toward acceptance or change.
With a background as a competitive athlete and coach, I believe strongly in the mind-body connection. I believe that physiological interventions (breathing, yoga, athletics) combined with psychotherapy can greatly enhance mood and bring a sense of balance to one's life. Please e-mail me to arrange an appointment.
Email or Call Lissa Hunsicker, LCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 02383
More Info About My Practice
I do not accept insurance. Check with your insurance provider to see whether they will reimburse a percentage of the fee for out-of-network care; many providers will do this.
I charge $135 for each 45 minute session. For couples, I charge $180 per hour. I offer a sliding scale for those who are in financial need.
I am a participating provider of Give an Hour, a nonpartisan, nonprofit national network of mental health professionals providing FREE counseling services to returning troops and their families. Give an Hour offers services to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and their family members. Family members are loosely defined to include married or unmarried partners, parents, siblings, aunts/uncles anyone connected to this veteran who is suffering a psychological effect related to the veteran's service.
My Role as a Therapist
As a therapist, I aim to create a safe space for full expression of thoughts and feelings. No matter what issue you may be struggling with, I will be invested in helping you gain relief from pain, cope with life's stress, and create the life you want to live. You and I will be a team: we will get to know one another and will work together to identify areas in your life you would like to change--patterns/ways of relating/defenses that were established in childhood that once helped and may now be hindering you. We will look at these repeating patterns as opportunities and challenges to try something new--a new step, a slightly different internal or external response. I will ask you to become more connected to your body and the way it experiences emotion. We will work on mindfulness techniques that will help you pay attention and tolerate even difficult emotions so that you can receive their message and can they can pass. Therapy will focus on your present, your past, your future, your dreams, your fantasies and the therapeutic relationship, itself. It will be a place where you can speak freely, knowing your information is kept confidential and private. Hopefully you will be able to practice new ways of being in a relationship, new ways of speaking to others in your life, new ways of understanding yourself. You will access new muscles and will be able to use them with the people with whom you love and work. I will also encourage self care, exercise, meditation, sleep.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
You will start wherever you need to--perhaps with what is bothering you in the present, perhaps with a past issue that is unresolved, perhaps with hopes for the future. However, at some point, we will need to explore all of these areas in order to create a complete map of your internal and external world. I will ask you to try your hardest to let me know what you are ACTUALLY thinking, what you are TRULY feeling, how what I said REALLY made you feel. I am a person just like everyone else and, although I won't mean to, I will say something that will put you off, will be a few minutes late for an appt, etc. . and I will ask you to let me know when I upset you, even if in a "micro" way. This can be hard because we are socialized to protect others, to hide from them. At first this can feel awkward or strange but I assure you that I welcome it. And it is usually a great relief to be able to speak honestly to someone (perhaps for the first time!) with no repercussions other than to be able to fully examine the way in which you are in interpersonal relationships.
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Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Adults, Adolescents, Children, Trauma Victims, Survivors of Abuse
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