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Alena Gerst
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
New York

In-network with

Aetna, Cigna, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Oscar Health, Oxford, and United Healthcare

Specializes in

Family Issues

About Me

Some people believe seeking the support of a therapist means they are weak. I believe the people with whom I work in psychotherapy are some of the healthiest people I know. Sometimes when you feel stuck, or like you are not where you want to be, you can benefit from talking to a trusted professional in a confidential environment. If you are feeling unsure of what direction to take next in life, or you are struggling with a personal, professional, health, or family issue, we can work together to help you to uncover your truest desires, and realize them.

I became a psychotherapist and therapeutic yoga instructor (two separate services) because I was inspired after having enlisted the help of mind/body practitioners during my times of growth and transformation. Whether you choose psychotherapy or therapeutic yoga instruction, I aim to help you discover your own core beliefs that are holding you back.

I am also a certified in LifeForce Yoga® practitioner Level 1 for anxiety and depression. For those interested, we can incorporate evidence-based breathing techniques into our psychotherapy or yoga therapy sessions which have been shown to be effective in treating anxiety and depressive symptoms.

Insurance carriers Alena accepts

BlueCross BlueShield

More about Alena

Masters in Social Work at Columbia University
License type: LCSW
Gender: Female
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Languages: English
Works with: Adults


16 Madison Square West 12th floor
New York, NY 10010