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More About Me & My Approach


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and am licensed in both New Jersey & New York.  I recieved my Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island and my Masters of Social Work with a focus in Advanced Clinical Practice from Columbia University School of Social Work.   At a young age, I knew my passion was to help people. I always wanted to be the support or listening ear that people needed.   This ultimately lead me to a career as a psychotherapist.  I have years of experience working at outpatient mental health clinics in the Bronx and in Harlem.  In addition, I have spent several years working for a prominent cancer support organization, providing individual counseling and facilitating support groups for cancer patients, caregivers, and those that have lost someone to cancer.  I specialize in working with young adults, adults, life transitions, general mental health, cancer patients, caregivers, bereavement, loss of a pet and pet related stressors. I have extensive experience as an oncology social worker and also have a certification as a Certified Grief Informed Professional (CGP).  


​My approach combines psychodynamic therapy, talk therapy, solution focused therapy, and strengths based perspective.  I believe it is important for us to talk about your prior and current experiences and how they impact your thoughts, feelings and behaviors today. Once you understand who you really are, you can make those positive changes to help you achieve your life goals.​  Coming to therapy can be a scary, overwhelming, and often intimidating experience.  I am here to make it a safe, comfortable, and worthwhile experience for you. We will set attainable goals and work together in achieving them.  I always provide a non-judgmental space so you can be your authentic self.  I will provide you the space you need so you can be as open as possible with your thoughts and feelings. It is important to have that external outlet apart from your family and friends, to help gain another perspective, so you can be the best version of yourself you can be. 

Teddy Shapiro, ESA


Meet Teddy, our beloved furry friend and unofficial team member at our therapy practice. Teddy isn't your typical therapy dog – he's an Emotional Support Animal who faces his own struggles with anxiety. However, his presence is a soothing, silent strength in our sessions. You might catch glimpses of Teddy in the background, a comforting presence during your therapeutic journey. While he may not offer words of wisdom, his gentle, non-judgmental support can be just what you need to navigate the ups and downs of life.  Teddy's here to show that even in our struggles, we can be a source of comfort and support to one another.

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