Cara Spitalewitz, PhD
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Cara Spitalewitz

Psychotherapy, PhD

Cara Spitalewitz is a psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and young adults. Her expertise focuses on a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, relationships, and struggles with identity.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Pediatrics
Relationship Issues
Finances
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$200-260
Sliding Scale
A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
UnitedHealthcare
Oxford Health Plans
Oscar
Out-of-pocket
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“I understand the inherent vulnerability in sharing your thoughts and feelings with another person.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
While I have always felt a deep and empathic connection with other human beings, my path to psychology was a circuitous one. I studied English literature as an undergraduate and spent many years working as a mentor in underserved communities. I decided to become a psychologist because it allows me to combine my interest in stories and narratives with my desire to help and empower others. It’s an honor to be invited into the lives of my clients — being trusted to care for them is a true privilege. It’s also a responsibility that I do not take lightly.
What should someone know about working with you?
I consider myself to be an “active” therapist, which means I will help you or your child develop new strategies and ways of thinking while gently encouraging you to take concrete steps toward meaningful change. I do not use a one-size-fits-all approach and, instead, meet your needs by drawing from my training in various treatments, including CBT and DBT. More than anything, I am warm, open, and approachable. I always strive to foster a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship.
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What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I understand the inherent vulnerability in sharing your thoughts and feelings with another person, not to mention one who you’ve just met. Even the process of finding a therapist can feel overwhelming, especially in New York City where we’re inundated with choice. But if you’ve found your way to this website, you’ve already taken a positive first step. I encourage you to consult with a therapist over the phone and try a few sessions to see if it feels like a good fit.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
While there is still a great deal of stigma around mental health, I have seen a shift toward more openness in recent years. I am particularly interested in questions regarding access to care, including the integration of mental health services with primary care and the expansion of telehealth.
What interests you about working with adolescents?
Adolescence is a time of great social, cognitive, and emotional change in which “who am I?” and “who do I want to be?” become central concerns. I enjoy helping my clients answer these questions by clarifying their beliefs, values, and interests. I believe that developing a strong sense of identity leads to greater personal fulfillment and more stable relationships.
“I believe that developing a strong sense of identity leads to greater personal fulfillment and more stable relationships.”
Interested in speaking with Cara?