Shahar Lion, LMSW
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Shahar Lion

Psychotherapy, LMSW

Shahar Lion is a therapist based in New York City. Her unique approach pulls from years of experience in clinical psychotherapy, movement analysis, mindfulness, yoga, and visual art. Shahar’s expertise includes anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ issues, relationships, and trauma. She treats people from all walks of life, cultures, and identities.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Relationship Issues
Trauma & PTSD
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Finances
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$140-200
Sliding Scale
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Cigna
Humana
Out-of-pocket
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“With collaboration, trust, and commitment, we will slow down and carefully unpack your actions, thoughts, and behaviors—and identify the changes you would like to make to improve your life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’ve always been curious about and keen on listening to people’s stories. My journey started in mindfulness training over 20 years ago—and I was a mindfulness educator and a yoga instructor for years before becoming a therapist. Appreciating the connection between the mind and body motivated me to get certification in movement analysis, which increased my interest in non-verbal communication as it relates to emotions. I was ready to pursue my clinical education after witnessing the benefits of the mind-body relationship. I completed my master’s degree in clinical social work at New York University almost a decade ago. My post-graduate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy in a psychoanalytic institute enhanced my skills in clinical settings and expertise in anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues.
What should someone know about working with you?
With collaboration, trust, and commitment, we will slow down and carefully unpack your actions, thoughts, and behaviors—and identify the changes you would like to make to improve your life. We will explore the connection between your past experiences and the issues that brought you to therapy. Curiosity, creativity, and patience are key in our work together. We will discover new paths for you, while understanding the meaning behind your thoughts and feelings. We will gain clarity and reframe current behaviors to help you build the insight and strength to thrive. Transformation happens when one feels heard, safe, and understood by a knowledgeable, compassionate therapist. It takes courage and readiness to make a change. Through my holistic lens, I will help you make a meaningful shift.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I believe that an interdisciplinary approach is essential to clients’ and therapists’ work. If my client and I decide that integrating other professionals or methods could be beneficial, we will include them in our treatment plan. I collaborate with primary care physicians, psychiatrists, and other professionals who share a holistic approach to treatment. Weekly peer supervision with my colleagues is essential to keeping my work effective. As therapists, expanding our views through different lenses is important to ensure successful outcomes.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I understand your hesitation. Starting therapy requires courage, strength, and trust. Finding a therapist who is right for you is not an easy task. I encourage you to interview therapists and see with whom you feel safest—and who you feel comfortable talking to on your path to change. I offer a free initial consultation to help you decide. You will be able to feel how it is to work with me for a full session with no obligations. Therapy is an investment that can be life-changing. It’s all in your hands—you have the option to live a healthier life with the support that you choose. It’s an empowering process.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited to see that mindfulness practices have become popular and used by many therapists these days. I believe that awareness of the mind-body connection is key in treating anxiety, depression, and trauma. I started my training in mindfulness in the ‘90s and I appreciate all the research-based work that has been done in recent years. It shows evidence of the powerful connection between the mind and the body. Bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present through mindfulness helps to develop a sense of control, which is important during times of instability.
“Bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present through mindfulness helps to develop a sense of control, which is important during times of instability.”
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