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Shira Kessler Psychotherapy, LCSW, PhD

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Shira Kessler specializes in complex trauma, attachment, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders and works with ages 18-30. She spent years researching emerging adulthood development and the challenges common at this stage. Her goal is to help individuals free themselves from their circular struggles, set a solid foundation for the future, and live the life they want.

  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Self-Harm and Suicidal Feelings
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Harvard Pilgrim
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I love working with people, specifically young adults ages 18-30 and their families.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I love working with people, specifically young adults ages 18-30 and their families. I help them find themselves, sort through their lives, remove familiar blockages, and learn to live the life they have always dreamed of. Above all, I want my clients to feel satisfied with who they are and comfortable in their own skin. The reason I love working with this age group is because I feel it is the foundation of adulthood. I invested many years researching and helping those in this stage figure out how to make the most of this time period. I was really curious about how people mature and grow up and I wanted to help that process transition smoothly. One thing I know for sure is that if you get the base right, you are setting yourself up for a healthier and more fulfilled future. The best thing is that you have the choice now to reflect on yourself and your childhood and learn foundational lifeskills, ultimately creating a great future for yourself.
What should someone know about working with you?
If you are reading this, you probably have hit a bump in your life and are trying to find the right person to help you out. You might be successful and accomplished in many areas of your life and look okay on the outside. However, inside something doesn’t feel right. You might be searching for a safe space to be yourself or to gain support for something you are going through now or in the past. You might also be experiencing uncomfortable symptoms that scare you and you need tools and techniques to manage them. Often, people will come to me feeling trapped in their relationships, unhappy with themselves, running in circles in many areas of their lives, and wanting to feel satisfied. No matter how hard they try, they find themselves hitting a wall. I help these motivated people explore their patterns, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors so they can gain more control, confidence and feel unstuck.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
After getting my master’s degree and doing numerous postgraduate trainings and training therapists, I went back to school for a PhD because I felt an obligation to help people in the most advanced and updated ways. Since the mental health field is constantly evolving, I am committed to learning and always staying updated on the newest research, interventions, and theories. Since each person goes through their own struggles and difficulties, it is important that I stay well-rounded and informed in all areas.This helps me guide therapists in my role as a clinical director and guide clients in my private practice. I am a straightforward, directive therapist and I believe therapy is a mutual endeavor where each client has to contribute an equal part in doing the work. I know that reaching out to a therapist is a big step and I am committed to giving you the highest quality of care that best suits your needs.
What is the next step?
If you are ready to do the work, you will find things out about yourself that you never knew existed. Therapy is an investment in your future relationships, yourself, and your family dynamics. The potential for growth and change in therapy is enormous. Emerging adulthood is the best stage to make big changes in your life, and therapy can help set up the foundation to your life in a healthy way!
“I help them find themselves, sort through their lives, remove familiar blockages, and learn to live the life they have always dreamed of.”