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Melissa Stanger(She/her/hers)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
New York

In-network with

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield New York (formerly Empire), Oscar Health, Oxford, and United Healthcare

Specializes in

Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, LGBTQIA+, and Relationship Issues

Great to meet you!

*Not currently taking new clients*

I’m Melissa (she/her), a New York-based licensed clinical social worker. I provide counseling to adults and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, gender/sexuality identity issues, and trauma; I also have significant experience working with people who grew up with narcissistic or emotionally unavailable parents, and helping them heal from these experiences.

A bit about my approach to therapy

I’m here to help you make sense of the most important and significant pieces of your life so we can incorporate them into the narrative of who you are. My approach is validating yet challenging, warm yet accountable. Therapy is hard work but it can also be joyful, vulnerable, and exciting. Most importantly, it’s about creating a relationship with my clients that is honest, affirming, and reciprocal.

What you can expect from our first session

Over time, my clients and I identify patterns in their lives that may or may not be serving them. Often these patterns started in early childhood and continue into adulthood, showing up in ways that we may not have previously realized. Together we look for ways in which to address those patterns, whether by changing them, or learning to accept them. From awareness comes accountability, and therein lies growth.

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Insurance carriers Melissa accepts


More about Melissa

MSW (Master of Social Work) at Hunter College, School of Social Work
License type: LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
Gender: Cisgender Female
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Languages: English
Works with: Adolescents, Adults, and Seniors
More specialties: Family Issues, Stress, and Trauma
Modalities: Experiential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Attachment-based, Psychodynamic, Trauma Focused, Psychoanalytic, and Relational


352 7th Avenue Suite 701
NEW YORK, NY 10001