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Jo-Ann Parolisi Psychotherapy, LCSW

Jo-Ann Parolisi is a psychotherapist with extensive experience in mental health, substance abuse, trauma, life transitions, and wellness. She works with adults of all ages and cultural diversities. She creates a warm, nonjudgmental, and collaborative space for the safe exploration of self that will foster insight and lead to healing and authentic lasting change.

  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
  • Sliding scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I believe in and know to be true the transformative power of therapy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist could have never been predicted, as my early work started in the world of finance. Life has a way of intercepting plans and it did for me. Hard knocks are part of everyone’s life of course and mine were hard enough to eventually get my full attention. So fast forward, and here I am, a full-fledged, fully-committed, engaged, all-in with both feet therapist who is in love with what I do. I believe in and know to be true the transformative power of therapy. I come to the table with sincerity, empathy, and a gentle directness that will help you find your path toward healing and change.
What should someone know about working with you?
The most important factor in promoting healing and change is the strength and quality of the therapeutic relationship. The wonderful thing about therapy is like all relationships, the therapist and client bring their unique selves and personalities, which become the foundation for an open, genuine, and authentic space for a collaborative journey together. Deciding to seek therapy can be scary and most have considered it for a long time before jumping in, but as difficult as our challenges may be, they provide great potential for growth, change, and healing in my experience. My ideal client is focused on healing and personal growth and has the willingness to let go of negative self-judgments and others’ expectations of who they should be. The therapeutic interventions utilized will vary depending on your needs and tasks outside of the session may be assigned if we feel they can further our progress.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
The simple tenet underlying my worldview is the undeniable value of human life and the belief that everyone is worthy of pursuing whatever is important to them. I believe every person has strengths and uniqueness that provide the foundation for positive and exciting change. Most of us have seen, and perhaps experienced, the destructiveness of negative judgments coming from ourselves and others, untold trauma, fears, and narratives that get in the way of making real and abiding change. My core values pave the road map for therapy and the space I hold for each and every one of the clients I have the honor and privilege of working with.
“I come to the table with sincerity, empathy, and a gentle directness that will help you find your path toward healing and change.”
Interested in speaking with Jo-Ann?