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Whitney Taussig, LCSW

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Hey! I am so glad you are here. My name is Whitney (but you can call me Whit), and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been practicing for almost a decade. Throughout my years of practice I have worked with families, children, teens and adults. I specialize in anxiety, depression, PTSD, self-esteem, peer relationships, major life transitions and coping skills. I pride myself on my eclectic style of counseling as I believe each client is unique and deserves an individualized approach to their case (one size does not fit all). In my practice I utilize art, deep breathing, body movement and guided meditation to create a unique therapeutic experience and help my clients achieve their goals. My client centered approach aims at connecting clients to their unique strengths while helping them discover the best versions of themselves. My main objective is to enable people to live fuller, happier and more satisfying lives. I am dedicated to working with individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Maintaining a safe and judgment free environment for my clients is paramount. I believe that the relationship between the client and the therapist is important and that this relationship, if built on trust and respect, can be the vehicle for long lasting change and wellness

About Whitney's practice

Availability

Availability

Weekdays After 5pm

Weekdays 9am - 5pm

Weekdays Before 9am

Fee

Fee

$$

Sliding scale

Style

Style

Directive

Reflective

Body-based

Method

Method

In-person available: No

Virtual available: Yes

Expertise

Expertise

Vulnerability

Life Transitions

Sexual Abuse

Gender Identity

Quarter-Life Crisis

Self-Reflection

Self-Esteem

Trauma

Insurance

Insurance

Aetna

State

State

NY

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Get to Know Whitney

"Whitney has been amazing to work with. She doesn’t talk down on you or speak in huge therapist words, she speaks to you like a friend (with way better credentials lol) she remembers the things that you say and really guides you into being a healthier human. When I first started therapy it was hard to relate to other therapists, I never had that problem with Whitney. She’s helped me with my anxiety and has helped me slow down and look at the bigger picture."

Ben, Client

"Whitney truly is great. She helped me through the day to day and was instrumental in my healing through a difficult time. She is great at giving insight and outside perspective and doesn't shy away from saying when something isn't healthy or she doesn't approve. But won't prevent or shame."

Mandy, Client

"When my young daughter was struggling adjusting to a new school and a big move across the country, Whitney helped teach her coping skills and relaxation techniques. These tools have proven to be invaluable during her stressful life moments. "

Nicole, Client

"I was always embarrassed about going to see a therapist until I went to see Whitney. She made me feel comfortable enough to open up and discuss issues that I normally would not even share with the closest people in my life. Her unbiased and non judgmental approach is what makes her sessions so comforting. Im forever grateful for her services."

Jim E, Client

" Erin. A Struggling with anxiety has been a lifelong battle for me. Whitney’s calm and inviting demeanor, coupled with her logical approach to self-care has helped me tremendously in my day to day. She is truly a difference maker and I am forever grateful for her help."

Erin A, Client

Is there ever a time when you would encourage me to leave or graduate? Or how do I know when it's time to end or move on, or time to stay and explore more?

There are some situations where a person would benefit from long term therapy work. Since every case is different its hard to say when a client can "graduate". I think therapy begins to tapper off when the client has processed and worked through the issues that brought them in. I also believe therapy has served its purpose when the client feels as though they have enough coping skills and understanding to function well ona day to day basis. In my practice, my clients are encouraged to come and go as it feels comfortable for them.

Where did you work before going into private practice?

I worked as a therapist and a supervising social worker at a non-profit agency helping women and children who came from backgrounds of domestic violence and sex trafficking

How will our relationship be different than relationships I have with friends/loved ones?

The therapist/client relationship is unique. There is a bond of trust and respect that is formed. A therapist who is able to provide genuine care and empathy towards their client, can help their client feel heard and not judged. This is different then other relationships because the client has no responsibility to take care of the therapist ... its the therapist job to be there for the client in a safe judgement free way, leaving their own beliefs at the door. This is how I run my practice and engage with my clients.

What led you to become a mental healthcare practitioner?

Life is not easy. I have had my own obstacles that I have had to contend with and heal from, through the course of therapy. Thats why I know first hand, that therapy has the ability to change someones life and promote everlasting wellness.

Are there any philosophies or values that inform your work that I should know about?

I believe that one size does NOT fit all when it comes to therapy. I believe that therapy works best when the client and the worker have a strong relationship and the worker is able to personalize the therapeutic approach to fit the clients needs and goals.

From your perspective, what is therapy?

Therapy is a place where you can meet with an educated neutral party to get tips, to understand yourself better and to talk to about issues in your daily life. These issues can include but are not limited too, trauma, childhood memories, mental health issues, coping skills for daily living, and just to get the support you may need during a hard time.