Ida Hammer, LCSW
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Ida Hammer

Psychotherapy, LCSW

Ida Hammer is an LGBTQ-affirming online therapist experienced in working with women, LGBQ, and transgender and gender nonbinary people. She takes a compassion-focused approach to helping people overcome issues related to anxiety, depression, shame, and low self-worth. Ida is especially interested in supporting the needs and wellbeing of activists and caring professionals.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Anxiety and Panic Disorders
Depression
Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
LGBTQIA+
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Finances
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$200-260
Sliding Scale
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Licensed in
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New York
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“As a lesbian and transgender woman, I understand the value in seeing a therapist with a shared identity.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a lifelong feminist activist, I have worked to promote the rights and wellbeing of women, LGBQ people, and TGNB people. As a lesbian and transgender woman, I understand the value in seeing a therapist with a shared identity. I also know firsthand that being a social justice advocate is hard work that can take a toll. It was my own experience as a community journalist and organizer that led me to become a therapist.
What should someone know about working with you?
Personal transformation is possible and you can work toward the type of person you want to be and the life you want to live. My compassion-focused approach to therapy will assist you in taking the steps needed to make your desired change a reality. No matter how long you have been struggling with unwanted thoughts, feelings, or behaviors, there are practical skills, tools, and exercises that can help free you from the unwanted patterns and allow you to replace those distressing tendencies with healthier ways of being.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Compassion, healing, and liberation are core values of my practice. I believe you are more than your struggles or worst experiences and caring for your wellbeing goes beyond a focus on mental illness and trauma. The challenges you are experiencing that are causing you distress are not your fault and your care and wellbeing are worth the personal investment in your healing and liberation.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Research in neuroscience and social, developmental, and evolutionary psychology shows us that experiencing compassion for ourselves, providing compassion to others, and receiving compassion from others all work to enhance our overall wellness. These science-based insights into understanding how our minds and bodies develop and work within the context of our social environment and relationships inform my biopsychosocial approach to addressing the problems causing you distress.
“No matter how long you have been struggling with unwanted thoughts, feelings, or behaviors, there are practical skills, tools, and exercises that can help free you from the unwanted patterns and allow you to replace those distressing tendencies with healthier ways of being.”
Interested in speaking with Ida?