Neil Becker

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Neil Becker

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychotherapist, Mental Health Counselor, Life Coach
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 8701
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • All Husky-Medicaid insurances
  • Blue Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • ConnectiCare
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Medicare
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care
Fees: $200.00 - 350.00
Evening Availability


263 Main Street
Suite 304
Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475

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My Approach to Helping

My passion for helping others, and, thus, becoming a therapist, stemmed from a significant loss I experienced a number of years ago. This experience led me to a life-altering decision whereby I decided to become a licensed clinical social worker. I am deeply committed to enhancing your well-being by focusing on your current needs. My primary function at the outset of a relationship is engaging with you. I want to get to know what your needs are and ensure that you are comfortable expressing those needs to me with an understanding that I do not pass judgment. My goal for you is to enhance your self-esteem, improve your relationships, and to help you gain insight and clarity in your life so that you can live a meaningful, content life. My philosophy is one that avoids happiness as an end goal, as I believe that happiness is fleeting, and that having happiness as a goal often leads to disappointment. Rather, it is contentment that leads to a satisfying and fulfilling life. I have particular expertise in counseling men and couples.

Prior to beginning any intervention, it is critical that I gain insight into your background to understand the nature of your childhood environment, relationship with family members and friends, your likes and dislikes, among other things. I then take an acceptance-based approach through an intervention known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by having you accept, rather than negate, your current thought pattern. I also use Motivational Interviewing to strengthen your motivation to effectuate positive changes in your life, including overcoming addictive behaviors. Throughout each session, I feel it is important that you become a partner in the therapeutic process by making you aware of the intervention used in addition to what the intervention attempts to accomplish.

More Info About My Practice

As an EMDR-trained therapist, I also use EMDR to reprocess a client's maladaptive cognitions so that they become healthy and adaptive through gentle guided eye movement. This eliminates the negative impact of trauma including those resulting in PTSD.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

In order to have a good relationship with a therapist, it is necessary for a client to feel an immediate connection with the therapist from the first greeting. This feeling sets the tone for the therapeutic relationship. My general nature, enhanced by social work values, makes my therapeutic interventions highly person-centered. A therapist must be able to listen to you without passing judgment and begin the therapeutic alliance by starting where you are, not where the therapist thinks you are or where the therapist wants you to be. It is important for a therapist to "check in" with you at the end of each session or during session, where necessary, to ensure that you are satisfied with the therapist's intervention or that the intervention is helpful.

Services I Provide

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adults and young adults.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

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