Rachel Lessard,LCSWR

Rachel Lessard,LCSWR

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 084928
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • Crime Victim Compensation
  • Empire Plan
  • Give an Hour - which provides free mental health services for military veterans and family members
  • Humana
  • Humana Military
  • Medicare
  • Mental Health Consultants
  • Military OneSource
  • NYSHIP Empire Plan
  • Optum
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • Optum Health
  • Out of Network Provider
  • Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
  • The Empire Plan (government plan)
  • Tricare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • ValueOptions
  • Veterans Choice
  • Victim Compensation Program / Victims of Crime
Fees: Out of Network costs vary depending on insurance. If you are interested in private pay, My rates range from $80-$350 depending on the type of session or Evaluation needed.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


Garden City, New York 11530
Smithtown, New York 11787

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My Approach to Helping

My approach to healing is completely tailored to the individual. I draw from various trainings and life experiences both personal and professional and I make sure that you are both aware of and comfortable with the plan. I am an active participant in your therapy and I enjoy providing feedback and suggestions as we work through your process. If you are looking for the strong silent type of therapist, I am definitely not her.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Have you ever experienced an event that completely changed your view of the world? Do you feel afraid, alone and unsure of where to turn? Are you experiencing intrusive thoughts, when you least expect it or even nightmares? Trauma has lasting physical and emotional effects that can leave you tired, jumpy, anxious, feeling ashamed, exposed, insecure and wondering who you can trust. Do you find yourself wondering why you haven't found the love you want in your relationships? Do you believe no matter what you say or do for your significant other, it's never the "right thing" or "good enough"?
Together we can explore your experiences in order to help you feel safe and secure again. In my office, with or without your loved one, we can develop new styles of communication that can create the relationship you have always wanted.
I am a big believer in brief therapy tailored to your specific wants and needs. I look forward to meeting you and helping you have the experiences you have been craving!

My Role as a Therapist

My role as a therapist is akin to a conductor on a train. You and I are faced with several dark tunnels. You tell me which tunnel you would like to explore and I drive the train. At any point you decide you want to try a different tunnel, we turn around together and try again.

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Individuals, Couples, Veterans, Survivors of Trauma, Bariatric Psych Evals.

    We have both Liberal and Conservative friendly clinicians.

    We have clinicians who specialize in all ages including 0-5, PCIT Work

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Professional Sports
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • First Responders
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Parenting
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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