Mercedes Sensel, LCSW
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Mercedes Sensel

Psychotherapy, LCSW

Mercedes Sensel specializes in working with clients suffering from chronic mental health disorders. She employs cognitive behavioral, dialectic behavior, and motivational interviewing techniques. Mercedes provides care in both English and Spanish and holds degrees from Columbia University and NYU, as well as a certificate from New York State’s Evidence-Based Practice in Mental Health program.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Bipolar
Schizophrenia & Psychotic Disorders
Finances
$ $ $ $ $
$140-200
UnitedHealthcare
Oxford Health Plans
Oscar
Out-of-pocket
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Provider
Profile
“I believe therapy can help people recognize and even discover their strengths, ultimately helping them find their own solutions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have an innate desire to help others. I’ve always wanted to improve the lives of those around me. In my years of practice, I have seen how hard it is for people to ask and sometimes even accept help. Not only that, but the fear and the stigma of mental health can sometimes act like the biggest barrier. I believe that it is important to have an unbiased perspective that can guide you towards the right path. I believe therapy can help people recognize and even discover their strengths, ultimately helping them find their own solutions.
What should someone know about working with you?
It is a known fact that the strongest predictor of success in therapy and treatment is the therapeutic relationship. Our work begins by building a strong bond, exploring your expectations, conducting a comprehensive assessment, and creating a mutually agreed-upon plan to help you achieve your goals. Our semi-structured sessions provide space to explore, process, and discover ways to overcome obstacles in your life. The ultimate goal is to foster and internalize the techniques and healthy habits that promote growth, success, and the ability to overcome future challenges on your own. Therapy is a partnership and we will set goals together, but you will decide where we go. I am here to accompany and guide you in your journey.
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How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
If you are receiving services from other providers, I’d like to collaborate with them. Open communication is beneficial to all parties. But collaboration isn’t limited to professional services. If you want someone else involved in your treatment, like a family member, friend, or significant other, then collaboration is equally vital. In my years of practice, I have learned that working with other providers is key to understanding fresh and insightful perspectives. I have also learned that working with families is crucial to understanding how your situation affects those around you, arming me with the information I need to guide you most effectively.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Just try it. Come talk to me. We can have two or three sessions and see how it feels. Therapy requires personal investment and an open mind. If you feel like talking to someone can help, don't let the fear of the unknown and the stigma influence your decisions. Society often gives a side-eye to mental health, but it is just as important to your overall wellness as any kind of physical medical treatment. The goal of therapy is not to solve your problems, but to help you understand your feelings, where those feelings are coming from, how they are affecting your life, and how to cope with them in a healthier way.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
When I chose this career, I never thought I would practice through telehealth. I’m a social work supervisor for a major mental health agency in New York and have found that I can now provide services and run our program virtually. This has opened my eyes to the power of telehealth. I quickly realized that it can eliminate some of the everyday hassles, like commute time, parking, and other hurdles both patients and providers face. It allows clients to get help from the comfort of their homes while allowing therapists to provide high-quality treatment.
“Therapy is a partnership and we will set goals together, but you will decide where we go.”
Interested in speaking with Mercedes?