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Lea Cheen Psychotherapy, LCSW

Lea Cheen is a licensed clinical social worker with experience helping children, adolescents, and adults work through life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, and trauma. She believes that when people are provided with a safe and nonjudgmental space to explore, reflect, and process, incredible growth and healing can take place.

Lea Cheen is a licensed clinical social worker with experience helping children, adolescents, and adults work through life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, and trauma. She believes that when people are provided with a safe and nonjudgm…

Lea Cheen is a licensed clinical social worker with experience helping children, adolescents, and adults work through life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, and trauma. She believes that when people are provided with a safe and nonjudgmental space to explore, reflect, and process, incredible growth and healing can take place.

Specialties
  • 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
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay with a program
  • Optum Live & Work Well (EAP)
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Locations
  • Offers virtual sessions
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“My practice is psychodynamically informed, which focuses on helping people understand the unknown or unconscious motivations behind difficult feelings and behaviors.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker was linear. I have always had a desire to connect with others, and working as a therapist allows me to build connections while empowering people to become the best versions of themselves. I have worked in a variety of settings including elementary and middle schools, residential treatment, and home-based therapy. I also have experience with psychotherapy and teletherapy, providing care to adults, children and families. I have worked with individuals with a wide range of challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, anger and aggression, and stress-related issues. My practice is psychodynamically informed, which focuses on helping people understand the unknown or unconscious motivations behind difficult feelings and behaviors. I believe that therapy provides individuals with a safe place to show up exactly as they are, and to have the opportunity to understand themselves more deeply.
What should someone know about working with you?
My counseling style is warm, interactive, and client-driven. I strongly believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship, and I aim to create a safe, honest, and trusting environment. I treat all people with dignity, respect, kindness, and an open mind, affirming that you are the expert of your own life. All of our work together will be designed to meet your needs and meet you where you are in that moment. I will work with you to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your struggles, and ways to make positive changes.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a firm believer in lifelong learning. This means consistently gaining knowledge through training and courses, but it can also look like gaining knowledge in unforeseen places, such as books, podcasts, social media, articles, and travel. One of my favorite ways to learn is from interactions with others. My clients are constantly teaching me new things, both about humanity and how to be a better therapist. I am currently undergoing additional training at The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, specializing in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Some of my core values include connection, accountability, and social justice. I view the world with acceptance and an open mind, and I believe that everyone has the ability to heal and experience growth. I also believe that everyone has the right to access quality treatment, despite any barriers that may stand in their way.
“I believe that therapy provides individuals with a safe place to show up exactly as they are, and to have the opportunity to understand themselves more deeply.”