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Frieda Oelbaum Psychotherapy, LCSW

Frieda Oelbaum is a social worker who thinks of herself as your personal trainer. Rather than working on physical strength, she will help you to rediscover and exercise your emotional strengths, heal your emotional pain, and work on improving relationships. Her extensive experience has allowed her to help many people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

Frieda Oelbaum is a social worker who thinks of herself as your personal trainer. Rather than working on physical strength, she will help you to rediscover and exercise your emotional strengths, heal your emotional pain, and work on improving relati…

Frieda Oelbaum is a social worker who thinks of herself as your personal trainer. Rather than working on physical strength, she will help you to rediscover and exercise your emotional strengths, heal your emotional pain, and work on improving relationships. Her extensive experience has allowed her to help many people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • Chronic Illness, Pain and Sleep Disorders
  • Weight Loss
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

    including BlueCard Network access

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  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay with a program
  • Optum Live & Work Well (EAP)
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.
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
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Profile
“Our work together is an ongoing conversation and partnership between us, with the purpose of helping you with any area of your life that is presenting an obstacle to greater happiness and satisfaction.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I've always wanted to have a career in the field of psychology. When I was in the 5th grade, my classmates set up a consulting schedule for me so that I would have the time to listen to and give advice to my friends. My high school yearbook saw my future as a celebrity therapist. I diverted from this path for a variety of reasons, attaining a degree in computer science and working for a while in that field. Eventually, I was fortunate to be able to pursue my original dream and return to school for my MSW. The past 18 years have been amazing and extremely fulfilling. I've worked in an inpatient setting, at an outpatient mental health clinic, and as a high school social worker in addition to private practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
My job is to provide a safe, confidential, nonjudgmental, and supportive environment. I will work as your guide, with no prior ideas as to what you should do or how you should feel. Our work together is an ongoing conversation and partnership between us, with the purpose of helping you with any area of your life that is presenting an obstacle to greater happiness and satisfaction. Therapy may involve tracking your moods, writing about your thoughts and feelings, or trying out new ways of dealing with situations that have caused you distress in the past. I'm happy to have a 15-20-minute phone consultation with you. You are welcome to ask any questions about my practice or me. There is, of course, no fee or any obligation after this call. If we decide to go forward, the first 2-3 sessions will be based on gathering information about you, your history, and the reasons that you are seeking help.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I did four years of study post-MSW in various areas of social work, including research, policy, and, of course, clinical issues. I conducted a qualitative study that examined identity change in adolescents expelled from high school. This gave me the chance to interview people with varied experiences and learn about their lives pre-expulsion and post-expulsion. I was awed by the strength that many of the interviewees displayed in very difficult situations. This bolstered my belief that people can grow and thrive even when faced with very challenging and life-changing events. I apply this knowledge daily in my practice. Through the trust and confidence that develops with my clients, I strive to encourage resilience, hope, and productive ways to go forward.
“Through the trust and confidence that develops with my clients, I strive to encourage resilience, hope, and productive ways to go forward.”
Next available 12/15