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Eric Mascara Psychotherapy, LCSW

Eric Mascara is a psychotherapist working with adults facing diverse obstacles, including anxiety, depression, grief, living with HIV/AIDS, and navigating sexuality and gender identity. Through a psychodynamic approach, he supports clients in their journeys of fully understanding their challenges and accompanies them in gaining tools to create the changes they are seeking.

Specialties
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Men’s Mental Health
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $80-140
Licensed in
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  • Illinois
  • New York
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“My work has been primarily with queer communities who are facing a variety of concerns.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist began when I myself entered therapy to cope with a major loss. I quickly realized the power of having a non-biased person help me explore all parts of myself. Through this experience, I began to understand how our pasts inform our present behaviors. By finding a deeper understanding of my whole self, I was able to make concrete shifts and alleviate my anxiety and depression symptoms. The positive impact of therapy on my life made me excited to share a role in other people's therapeutic journeys.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am compassionate and engaged and consider myself a teammate on your journey. I believe everyone has strengths that they can use as foundations for creating change. Working with me will involve both developing a deeper understanding of your whole self and identifying solutions to take concrete steps toward life changes. My work has been primarily with queer communities who are facing a variety of concerns. I am knowledgeable and affirming around LGBTQIA+ identities and relationships and have extensive experience working with men who are processing HIV/AIDS diagnoses.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe everyone has the fundamental right to feel seen and validated by their therapist. I am conscious of my privileges and identities as a white, cisgender man and how they might impact the therapeutic relationship. As a clinical social worker by training, I believe that we cannot separate ourselves from the environments in which we live. In therapy, this means that our work will also take into consideration how systems outside of your individual control impact your mental health.
“I am knowledgeable and affirming around LGBTQIA+ identities and relationships and have extensive experience working with men who are processing HIV/AIDS diagnoses.”
Interested in speaking with Eric?