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Sophia Tsesmelis Piccolino Psychotherapy, LCSW

Sophia Tsesmelis Piccolino is a clinical social worker with nearly two decades of experience treating individuals, couples, and families in the areas of cancer, chronic illness, trauma, grief, and loss. She is a board-certified oncology social worker who practices from a strengths-based approach centered on meaning, purpose, and the impact of trauma and suffering on our lives.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I maintain a relational approach with a focus on meaning while uncovering and understanding your story.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From a young age, I can remember the feeling of wanting to help others and finding that people came to me seeking support and a listening ear. Becoming a therapist has never felt like choosing a profession but more like stepping into a role that I was meant to have. It is a tribute to the strong commitment to family and community that my Greek immigrant parents instilled in me.
What should someone know about working with you?
As a clinical social worker, my goal is to provide a safe and compassionate space for therapy. I maintain a relational approach with a focus on meaning while uncovering and understanding your story. In my many years of experience in oncology care in a healthcare setting, my work has afforded me the opportunity to support individuals, couples, families, and loved ones through life threatening or life-limiting illness, trauma, grief, loss, existential distress, and the search for meaning in the face of adversity. In life, there is suffering for us all in different ways and we can perhaps find meaning in the pain, purpose in the loss, and comfort through the journey. My clinical focus areas are depression, anxiety, cancer and chronic illness, trauma, relational issues, grief, and loss.
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How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Perhaps the greatest way I can articulate my commitment to the helping profession is through the unique Greek word “Philotimo” (of which there is no other language translation). In short, it encompasses compassion, empathy, love for one another, community support, support for the betterment of those around us, and the humility and honor of helping humanity. Clinical therapy is personal; I hope to be a partner in your journey in uncovering why therapy is right for you at this moment in time.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
Helping support clients through their cancer journey has significantly informed my work and my personal journey. It has led me to my current doctoral studies at NYU where I am pursuing my DSW. My study focus is the impact of suffering and trauma on clients and clinicians and the roles of compassion and resilience through the therapeutic relationship.
“In my many years of experience in oncology care in a healthcare setting, my work has afforded me the opportunity to support individuals, couples, families, and loved ones through life threatening or life-limiting illness, trauma, grief, loss, existential distress, and the search for meaning in the face of adversity.”
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