Dara Cerv profile picture

Dara Cerv Psychotherapy, LMSW

Not Taking New Clients

Dara Cerv’s therapeutic approach begins with warmth and an acknowledgment of how difficult and humorous it is to be human. She is interested in blended practices and trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy. She believes every person deserves to explore their authentic self in a nonjudgmental space to better understand how they want to be with others outside of that space.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $80-140
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Licensed in
Therapy licenses aren't like driver's licenses — each state has its own set of rules. To offer care, a provider needs to be licensed in the state you're located in when sessions are happening.
  • New York
mic icon
Provider
Profile
“I am comfortable holding space for a person to use their session how they wish, whether that means more traditional talk therapy or devising some goal-oriented assignments together.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist was influenced by years of administrative and managerial work in retail, restaurants, and yoga studios. The connection I felt to people was often stronger than the boundaries of these jobs, which led me to the field of muscular therapy and eventually to social work. I wanted to form deeper and more meaningful supportive bonds and share in the wealth of exploring a person’s roots. A 16-year practice in yoga has taught me how to slow down and accept the pleasures and the frustrations of a moment. I have worked for several years with adults over the age of 60 and have completed training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and palliative and end-of-life care. I find it especially rewarding to explore life transitions, aging, grief, and how early life relationships inform current ones.
What should someone know about working with you?
When I begin working with someone, I want to know what brought them to therapy at this time in their life, their past experience with therapy (or what they imagine therapy looks like if they don’t have any experience), and how they want to shape their time with me. I am comfortable holding space for a person to use their session how they wish, whether that means more traditional talk therapy or devising some goal-oriented assignments together. I have practiced mostly in the psychodynamic vein, but have knowledge of CBT and am willing to blend modalities. I like working with clients who are interested in their inner lives as well as how they interact with the world around them, specifically in relationships with others, and those who are curious about how the therapeutic relationship can mirror this very thing.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
To continue growing as a provider, I take part in continuing education modules or workshops and read as much as possible about the modalities that I wish to practice. I have a long-held interest in mindfulness practice and internal family systems, and I seek out educational opportunities on an ongoing basis. Having a clinical supervisor has provided me with a support system when I have questions or concerns about the work, and I continue to seek out peer connections for this same reason.
“I have a long-held interest in mindfulness practice and internal family systems, and I seek out educational opportunities on an ongoing basis.”