Melissa Hefferan, LCSW

“While it’s such an individualized process, to me, therapy is a place to be honest and open in order to grow into the best possible version of oneself. I believe we are all looking for connection and happiness, the path is different for each of us; my goal as a therapist is to foster understanding towards cultivating the life that makes you your best and happiest self.”


Training & Logistics


Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Fordham University Master’s in Social Work

Techniques trained in: REBT, Mindfulness Meditation


Location: 96 West Houston Street, Room 102, New York
Trains nearby: ACE, 123, BDFM, NQRW
Frequency options: Weekly, Biweekly

Exchange: $195/session

Financial need: Please book a free phone consultation to learn more and explore my sliding scale options together.

Payment Options: Venmo, PayPal, Cash, Check


I have experience working with weight loss, end of life/bereavement and chronic illness through my work at Weill Cornell.  Otherwise, the bulk of my private practice has been with lovely men and women working through a myriad of issues that cause them distress—I have found there is always a way to find some peace through a therapeutic relationship.

I work with people on a wide range of issues. The following are a few of my specialties (this list is not all-inclusive):

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Bereavement

  • Coping with chronic illness

If I have never been to therapy before, what should I expect? How do I know if I should go, and how do I start? 

I would say this is a very exciting time, because therapy can lead you towards better awareness and understanding—even if you’re not sure you’re ready.  Just the thought that you may want to work to change something in your life represents exercising control.  It’s incredibly empowering to realize that we all have more control than we may have thought. Cultivating happiness is within your means, and I believe therapy is a wonderful tool to drive that change.  

You should go to therapy if you’re feeling lost, broken, off, stuck—all of these words mean the same thing to me: you want to see some change. No one in life is immune to feeling such a way. Everyone has a private struggle, unearthing yours is where to begin.  

Therapy takes effort and resources, but if you look at it as an investment for lasting happiness and the ability to build tools to help navigate the harder times in life; it suddenly all feels worth the work. 


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