Mischa Patteson,LSW

Mischa Patteson,LSW

Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Maria Bautista, LCSW, CW021328
Primary Credential: CSW - SW141145
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Allied Insurance Group
  • Cigna
  • Golden Rule
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Harvard Pilgrim PPO
  • Horizon NJ Health
  • Meritain Health
  • Nippon Life Benefits
  • Optum
  • Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
  • TrustMark
  • Tufts Associated Health Plans, Inc.
  • UMR
  • United
  • United Health Care
  • United Healthcare Student Resources
Fees: $75-$150 per session, free 15-minute consultation
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


Resilience Lab
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125

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My Approach to Helping

If you want to process and accept what has shaped you, while being empowered to change that shape as you wish, I'm here to help with that.

If you decide to work with me, you can expect unconditional positive regard, warmth, and a safe space in which we work together toward your goals. I think humor and laughter can be powerful tools for coping and healing and I love to co-create a space where that is welcome. On the other hand, I will also point out when defense mechanisms show up that serve to distract you from what is important. I will always be kind, and I will always be honest. I will respect your autonomy and never tell you what to do or feel. By simply holding space and listening, strangers at bus stops and bars have felt comfortable enough to tearfully share their stories with me. That strange talent serves me well as a therapist!

More Info About My Practice

Put simply, I believe in social justice for all. I believe in equity, I believe in reparations. I believe every person deserves to have their basic needs met. I believe there is no way to achieve social justice in a capitalist system in which profit is valued above people and exploitation is a given. I believe damaging social systems which we are unable to avoid weigh heavily on our mental health. I think it’s a tragedy that the extreme individualism that our society has come to encourage and even necessitate has injured our ability to collectively care for one another’s needs to the extent we are able. There is no replacement for therapy, but I think that there is massive value and power in connectedness within and across communities.

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    As I move forward in my career, I am transitioning from short-term crisis interventions to long-term therapeutic relationships. I enjoy working with clients to improve emotional regulation, communication, relationships andor sex lives, or trauma.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Family Problems
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

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