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Brian Alvarez Psychotherapy, LMHC, CASAC-2

Brian Alvarez is an empathetic provider who understands. His goal is to ensure that you do not go through your challenges alone. Using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and psychoeducation, he treats those with symptoms of anxiety, panic, and depression as well as those struggling with substance abuse, relationships, and career satisfaction.

  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Addiction and Substance Misuse
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Harvard Pilgrim
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
  • Sliding scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I believe that everyone has the right to be happy, but I understand that not everyone has the right tools to be happy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I believe that every single person deserves to be happy. In a continuously changing world, stress and overwhelm can quickly consume one’s mental health and sobriety. My goal is to provide support and knowledge on how to combat uncomfortable and unwanted mental health symptoms in a healthy manner. I believe that everyone has the right to be happy, but I understand that not everyone has the right tools to be happy. I am here to teach you these tools because I believe we all deserve to smile.
What should someone know about working with you?
What you should know about working with me is that I like to challenge my clients. However, being challenged may not happen until I have taken the appropriate amount of time to fully understand who you are and what factors led you to seek mental health services. I like to explore all the different avenues that can potentially be impacting my client's mental health in order to ensure that every aspect is addressed appropriately. With the use of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing techniques, and psychoeducation, I will work with you to resolve any uncomfortable/unwanted/distressing symptoms to help you achieve and maintain happiness.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
The fact of the matter is that the world keeps changing and so does this profession. As a mental health counselor, I am continuously attending training, reading scholarly articles, and speaking with other professionals in order to learn the most recent information and be the most effective therapist I can be.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The most exciting part of the mental health field is how society's view of mental health services has been changing for the better. In the early and even late 1900s, it was not socially acceptable to seek professional help for things like anxiety, depression, or substance abuse. This often prevented people from being open and honest about how they were struggling, which prevented people from getting the help they needed to be comfortable within their own minds and bodies once again. Thankfully, seeking mental health services is now strongly encouraged for anyone and everyone to work toward being the best that they can be.
“I am here to teach you these tools because I believe we all deserve to smile.”
Interested in speaking with Brian?