Rebecca Gerstein LCSW, Clinical Social Work in New York City, New York, 10001

Rebecca Gerstein

LCSW

Rebecca Gerstein

LCSW

Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 086680

Offices

302 5th Avenue
Suite #1101
New York, New York 10001

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My Approach to Helping

I describe myself as a warm, empathetic, humorous and attuned therapist who works collaboratively with clients, using elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Inter Familial Systems to understand and reframe the unhelpful messages and stories clients tell themselves.

It is my belief that people get better in the context of relationships. I am a trainee at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and use a relational framework. I work to help people explore and modify their relational patterns to enjoy their lives more.

I work from a holistic, anti-racist and feminist perspective. I consider my client's social, cultural and racial context, and act as an advocate against discrimination and oppression. I also utilize visual tools such as genograms and vulnerability cycles to illuminate the work.

More Info About My Practice

I specialize in grief and loss for individuals in their 20s and 30s. Grief is not linear and something we simply "get over." This desire to prematurely find closure can lead us astray.Our work together will allow you to find meaning in life after loss, while navigating the unique pressures of dating, establishing a career, and maintaining a social life.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

To me therapy is a warm, nonjudgmental environment where people can focus on their personal needs, reflect and grow. Therapy is a place where people can feel listened to, acknowledged and heard without having to censor how they feel for fear of upsetting their family or friends. I believe that talking is cathartic. Therapy also helps people better understand the messages they tell themselves, where these messages came from and how these messages may be impacting your self-esteem and interpersonal relationships. I also believe that therapy allows clients to better understand how they operate in relation to others and how patterns of relating can impact emotional well-being.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I have extensive experience working with clients individually and in groups who have experienced sudden loss. This can be the death of a family member, the mental physical deterioration of a family member loved one, the loss of a job or the loss of a relationship. I have extensive experience working with families, especially in the field of parenting. Additionally, I have worked with clients who struggle with eating disorders, and have been victims of sexual abuse. I have experience working with people who are depressed, anxious or are having difficulties with life transitions.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Depression
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Esteem
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
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