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Cristina Vaccaro Psychotherapy, LCSW

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Cristina is a psychotherapist whose practice is grounded in modern psychodynamic and relational psychotherapies, through an attachment lens. She works with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, relationships, life transitions and trauma, and offers an integrative approach that includes reflection, insight and connecting with feelings to create awareness and acceptance of self.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • 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
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Out-of-pocket
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I foster an environment where you can listen to your thoughts, engage your feelings, discover your needs, speak your wants, and acknowledge the many parts of self that make up the fabric of who you are.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
A number of years ago, unexpected circumstances (aren’t they always unexpected?) brought me face-to-face with the question, “Does this path I’m on still work for me?” After years in academia and the arts, I realized that my story was changing. I’d always been interested in the conscious and unconscious motivations that drive our behaviors and the psychology that underpins who we are. Walking out of my therapist's office one morning I realized that that was the kind of work I wanted to spend my day doing. And here I am.
What should someone know about working with you?
We all come to therapy in our own way. I foster an environment where you can listen to your thoughts, engage your feelings, discover your needs, speak your wants, and acknowledge the many parts of self that make up the fabric of who you are. Together, we’ll explore patterns of thought and relating that have been with you from your beginning, explore how they have informed and impacted your present, and ask if they still make sense for your future. You may not always know what to say and I may not always know what to say. But together, I believe, we will say something important.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I’m a lover of learning, and am usually engaged with three books at one time. In addition to reading widely on both classic and contemporary approaches to therapy, I am actively engaged in professional development across disciplines to deepen my understanding of current practice theories and techniques. My work is further informed by readings in philosophy, the arts, science, and social commentary.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The increased awareness of neurobiology and the architecture of the brain fascinate me, particularly in the field of trauma work. I believe it helps bridge our thoughtful selves and our feeling selves in a way that makes space for and honors both.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I had my therapist’s phone number for two years before I made the call. As a runner, I know that the hardest part of any run is putting on your shoes. Put on your shoes.
“Together, we’ll explore patterns of thought and relating that have been with you from your beginning, explore how they have informed and impacted your present, and ask if they still make sense for your future.”