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Aida Valerio Psychotherapy, LCSW

Aida Valerio Lerner is a bilingual and bicultural therapist with a focus on adolescents and families. When working with individuals and families, she thinks about how systems impact race, racism, and gender identity.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Women’s Mental Health (Pregnancy, Infertility and Post-Partum)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    <$80
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Out-of-pocket
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I believe that an efficient social worker provides individuals and families with effective mental health treatment while supporting the client to thrive in all facets of their life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I made the decision to become a social worker during my undergraduate years at the University of Massachusetts. After becoming aware of the challenges faced by low-income communities, I felt a calling to become involved in work within the community that I was from in New York City to help support positive outcomes for children and families. This decision was inspired by my childhood experiences as a Latina growing up in New York City. As a bilingual and bicultural social worker, it became very important for me to learn as much as I possibly could and somehow work within the community to change the stigma surrounding mental health treatment. I am interested in the field of social work and determined in my continued professional development.
What should someone know about working with you?
Social workers have the flexibility to work in different settings with the particular goal of helping the client achieve their best self. In order to get the client to do this, it is the responsibility of the social worker to establish a relationship with the client, assess their challenges and the factors that are preventing their success, and problem-solve via a continuum of resources. I believe that an efficient social worker provides individuals and families with effective mental health treatment while supporting the client to thrive in all facets of their life. A good therapist is also an advocate for the client and a source of support and guidance for them. My style of work is flexible; I believe in tailoring the work to individual clients.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am a bilingual and bicultural therapist and when I work with individuals or families, I think about how systems impact race, racism, and gender identity. I believe in the self of the therapist and in allowing space for a client's identities to be heard. I am a huge believer in mental health treatment, especially in communities where there is a large disparity in mental health. My passion is bringing quality and affordable mental health services to communities that otherwise are unable to afford such services.
“A good therapist is also an advocate for the client and a source of support and guidance for them.”
Interested in speaking with Aida?