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Vanessa Komisar Psychotherapy, LCSW

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Vanessa Komisar is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with adults and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, mood disorders, and personality disorders. With postgraduate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and other evidence-based therapies, she uses a collaborative and empathic approach to assist her clients.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • 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
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I believe that treatment is not one-size-fits-all and the validation of one’s experiences, through the process of being seen and being heard, are critical components of my work in helping a person realize their potential.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was drawn to the field of psychology as a young adult because I found the complexity of the human mind captivating. My studies, coupled with my personal experience in therapy, inspired me to pursue my master’s degree in social work. As a social worker, I have examined the interconnectedness of biological and environmental factors, which helps me better understand the individual holistically. My clinical training was completed in hospital and agency settings where an emphasis was placed on the mind-body connection and how an individual’s environment impacts their physical health and mental health.
What should someone know about working with you?
Anyone working with me should know that my approach is collaborative and empathic. I believe that treatment is not one-size-fits-all and the validation of one’s experiences, through the process of being seen and being heard, are critical components of my work in helping a person realize their potential. The priority with my clients is to provide nonjudgmental, compassionate, thoughtful, and quality care with a broader level of effort centering on destigmatizing mental health and offering a feminist lens through which to view female issues.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
There are several things that I do to continue learning and growing as a provider. I frequently attend lectures and trainings. Additionally, as part of my efforts to continue to build competencies, I’ve completed postgraduate training in the areas of psychodynamic psychotherapy, transference-focused psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral approaches.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Over the years, I’ve learned how greatly I value insight-oriented, exploratory psychotherapy and how much it shapes the work I do. Although a person may come to therapy hoping to manage distressing symptoms, I believe it is important that the work involves getting to the root of the issue rather than focusing solely on symptom management. This is because building insight can allow a person to access internal conflicts, which often remain out of awareness (and thus out of reach). I have found that awareness often results in the resolution of internal conflicts and symptom relief in a deeper, longer-lasting way.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
One of the things I am most excited about in the field of mental health is that more and more people are becoming open-minded to the idea of going to therapy. It has also been a positive experience to see that therapy can remain accessible to people even during unprecedented times (such as a global pandemic). Through the use of technology and the upsurge in providers offering teletherapy, we can continue to work with people during times where so many individuals are struggling.
“The priority with my clients is to provide nonjudgmental, compassionate, thoughtful, and quality care with a broader level of effort centering on destigmatizing mental health and offering a feminist lens through which to view female issues.”