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Hillary Chernow Psychotherapy, LCSW

Hillary Chernow is an individual, couples, and family therapist with a compassionate, interactive style. Her focus is on helping clients improve relationships, develop self-awareness, and embody their full, authentic selves. Her approach is informed by her training at the Ackerman Institute in couples and family therapy and extensive experience with mindfulness and meditation.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Marriage and Partnerships
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
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I love the fact that the therapeutic space is one in which we can skip the small talk and dive right into talking about our fears, our struggles, and our deepest aspirations; it allows us to be our complete, messy, and genuine selves.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My lifelong fascination with people and narratives began with a passion for literature; great writing allows one to inhabit another person’s world and see what they see, know what they know, and feel what they feel. My passion for therapy emerges from that same insatiable curiosity and desire to understand clients’ unique stories, from the language they use, the meaning they have made of their experiences, and the related beliefs that guide the way they move through the world to what they believe is possible in their lives. I love the fact that the therapeutic space is one in which we can skip the small talk and dive right into talking about our fears, our struggles, and our deepest aspirations; it allows us to be our complete, messy, and genuine selves.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that therapy shouldn’t just be about relieving suffering but also about exploring ways to create more happiness, meaning, and connection in our lives. I practice deep listening, ensuring that clients feel fully seen and accepted while also gently challenging and helping them expand their perspectives in order to facilitate growth and change. Having experienced the transformative power of mindfulness practices in my own life, I know them to be invaluable resources that allow us to access and heal experiences and emotions that live in the body (and can’t be reached through thinking or talking). I see it as a kind of superpower we’re honing together; we’re developing the ability to stay grounded in the face of life’s inevitable ups and downs and understand ourselves and others from a more neutral, open place. All of this helps pave the way toward being the person we aspire to be and creating the life we want.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Through my years of working with court-involved teenagers and their families, I discovered the vital importance of understanding and taking into account the many layers of context that inform our personal and relational struggles. Though the system blames and penalizes individuals, none of us develop or exist in a vacuum. I hold a social justice lens, being mindful of the ways in which power and oppression operate and live in our bodies, in our relationships, and in our society and shape our vision of what feels possible in our lives and relationships.
“I believe that therapy shouldn’t just be about relieving suffering but also about exploring ways to create more happiness, meaning, and connection in our lives.”
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