Serena Wasserman

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Serena Wasserman

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Charlotte Andrews, LBS, LPC, CESP, ACS, JD

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

My Approach to Helping

Life transitions, loss, relationships, failure, rejection, breakups, isolation, family conflict, low self-esteem, shame, and anxiety can make you feel trapped in a cycle of pain. When faced with adversity, it's easy to feel like you have no control over your circumstances or the way that you feel. You may feel stuck in old patterns of thinking, feeling, or behaving, but are unsure of how to change. I offer a warm and supportive environment while helping you discover that you do in fact have the power to feel differently. As your sense of agency grows, so does your ability to make choices that lead you to a life of joy and fulfillment.

As a clinician who practices Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), together we discover your power to change what's in your control while emphasizing that our interpretations of events strongly contribute to painful feelings. We work together to learn how to identify, examine, challenge, and alter unhelpful beliefs and behaviors so you can develop the freedom to choose the way you want to think, feel, and behave. While different problems require different strategies for help, I tend to take an active, directive, and present-focused approach to therapy. I also emphasize the vital role that homework plays in helping you apply the insights gained in therapy to your everyday life, so that you can find relief from painful emotions as quickly as possible.

Congratulations on taking the first step of reaching out for help! You can schedule a free 30 minute consultation by contacting me via phone or email. I usually respond within 2 hours. I am currently conducting all sessions via telehealth.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

I believe the purpose of therapy is to improve your mood as quickly as possible, and to develop the skills you need so that you don't need me anymore! To that end, we not only explore the nature of the circumstances, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are contributing to your distress, but we collaboratively develop the skills you need to become your own therapist. Through REBT, you come to learn that you have the ability take charge of your emotions, rather than allowing your emotions to take charge of you. Reclaiming responsibility over your emotions is no easy task. Part of my job as a therapist is to convey the time and effort required to achieve true and lasting change. I see it as a great honor and privilege to supportively guide you through this journey - as I believe you will find that the reward waiting for you on the other side is worth the effort.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I have experience working with adolescents and adults of all ages. My specialties include social anxiety, anxiety, depression, relationship issues (particularly breakups), low self-esteem, life transitions, anger management, and helping people heal from challenging family of origin dynamics.

Industries & Communities Served

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

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Parent Work
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)

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