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Diane Botta Psychotherapy, LCSW

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Diane Botta is a creative and compassionate problem-solver who will work with you to identify the root causes of your current concerns and choose interventions to help you see results. A graduate of Columbia University, she has extensive high-level training, paired with an honest, down-to-earth, and direct manner. Diane uses an interdisciplinary approach built on narrative therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), with special attention placed on exploring personal expectations, values, and family dynamics.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Depression
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Religion and Spirituality
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Harvard Pilgrim
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Locations
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  • New York
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“As a thinker as well as a feeler, I enjoy challenging my clients to think about situations differently.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
I have had an interest in the connection between mind and body since childhood, something that, combined with years of training in dance, led to an understanding that the two always work together. Growing up in New York City, I often observed straphangers on the subway and noted how differently people held themselves. While an undergraduate at Columbia University, I began to reflect more on the forces that go into shaping a person, including influences from family, culture, society, media, etc. I believe that we cannot truly understand a person’s habits, choices, and patterns of thinking unless we understand where they are situated. A personal battle with chronic pain that lasted several years deepened my understanding of how emotion can shape and find expression in the body. This ultimately sent me down the path of becoming a therapist.
What should someone know about working with you?
As a thinker as well as a feeler, I enjoy challenging my clients to think about situations differently. I am deliberate about asking questions in sessions that will open up deeper layers of conversation and provide opportunities to challenge your perspective. As a practitioner of yoga and mindfulness for over 10 years, I am also a big proponent of mindfulness meditation and find that it is an excellent adjunct to psychotherapy. In our work together, I will seek to explore your upbringing, family dynamics, values, social and family pressures, expectations, and philosophy of work and life. I work well with creatives, entrepreneurs, immigrants and first-generation Americans, adolescents, parents, and individuals facing challenges related to self-image, work and career, family, and religion/spirituality.
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What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am currently enrolled in a certificate program for psychedelic-assisted therapies and research, the first of its kind. I believe that psychedelic therapies hold great promise for the treatment of depression, addiction, and eating disorders, and I am excited to see how research impacts legislation regarding the therapeutic availability of these substances in the coming years.
How do your own core values shape your approach to care?
As a New York City native and the product of a Puerto Rican and Italian-American Roman Catholic household, I possess a unique level of cultural understanding. My childhood neighbors spoke Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, and Korean. I loved being surrounded by the sounds of so many different languages. While I grew up in Brooklyn, most of my childhood summers were spent in rural Northwestern Puerto Rico, where I was immersed in a way of life that was rich in wisdom and tradition and intimately connected to the rhythms and cycles of nature. I view this work as a vocation. I thrive when getting to the root of an issue and assisting clients to see themselves and others differently. My goal and purpose are to assist in shifting thought patterns that are not helpful and provide hope and a new outlook for my clients.
“I work well with creatives, entrepreneurs, immigrants and first-generation Americans, adolescents, parents, and individuals facing challenges related to self-image, work and career, family, and religion/spirituality.”