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Sarai Batchelder Psychotherapy, PhD

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Sarai Batchelder provides individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy to adults. She specializes in resolving long-term depression, calming anxiety, and helping people find meaning in their lives and live more in line with their values and ideals. She has experience working with clients from all ethnic backgrounds and age groups.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Personality Disorders
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • Medicare
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Harvard Pilgrim
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $200-260
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“Having experienced depression and anxiety and having been in therapy myself gives me an insider's perspective on the process of therapy and healing and how hard that can be, which is a perspective that not all therapists have.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Psychotherapy was my first career (after bartending and waitressing my way through graduate school.) I have always been curious about people and what they are thinking and feeling and why they do what they do, which makes me a natural at trying to understand and empathize with other people. Having experienced depression and anxiety and having been in therapy myself gives me an insider's perspective on the process of therapy and healing and how hard that can be, which is a perspective that not all therapists have. I've spent some years researching how psychotherapy works, which also adds to my unique perspective. Specialized postdoctoral training in psychoanalytic (intersubjective) psychotherapy adds to my expertise in listening and responding to people trying to heal themselves and improve their lives. I continue to learn all the time from my clients about what is helpful (and what is not).
What should someone know about working with you?
I like to think of my style as thoughtful and empathic; I envision therapy as a cumulative process of getting to know you, how things affect you, and how you react to and feel about the world around you, which allows us to understand what is getting in your way and how you can move forward toward a better life. I spend a lot of my time in the early weeks listening and trying to "get” you, helping you become more active (talking more) as I get familiar with who you are and what things mean to you.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
It is vital to my work to keep learning and evolving, which happens in three primary ways. I read new books and articles and listen to podcasts and webinars that continually provide new insights into psychology and therapy. I am also in supervision with a more experienced clinician and reviewing cases and discussing sessions with her helps to increase my empathy and find my blind spots (things I hadn't yet noticed myself). Finally, and most importantly, I learn from my clients. I have a deep conviction that I am fallible as a therapist and that means that I could be wrong in my perceptions, ideas, or interpretations. As a result, I continually need to be open to other perspectives and ideas (most critically, my client's!). It is important to update and fine-tune my understanding to see if I have misconstrued something or even made a mistake or wrong turn. This process of correcting and being corrected leads to many positive changes for my clients and myself.
“I like to think of my style as thoughtful and empathic; I envision therapy as a cumulative process of getting to know you, how things affect you, and how you react to and feel about the world around you, which allows us to understand what is getting in your way and how you can move forward toward a better life.”