Where to start when you’re looking for a social anxiety therapist in NYC


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There are times when self-medicating is the appropriate, if not reasonable decision—like when you’re dealing with a hormonal acne break out or a sore throat. Other times, however, whatever you’re dealing with requires a bonafide expert to help you deal and not a fall down the internet rabbit hole.

Treatment for mental health conditions counts as one such situation. Sure, you can try and cope with the fear of being watched or judged by others on your own. Ultimately, though, you might discover that this isn’t an issue you can deal with alone (and that’s more than okay).

Should you live in New York City and decide to seek out a therapist that can help you navigate and hopefully manage your social anxiety, these are some of the experts that are top rated and reviewed (via cross-referencing through ZocDoc and Psychology Today).

Find a social anxiety therapist in New York City below.

Where to start when you're looking for a social anxiety therapist in NYC
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1.Stephanie Vanden Bos, LCSW

If you think you’re dealing with social anxiety that is either triggered by or accompanied by other issues including anxiety, depression, addiction, or confusion about your sexuality, Stephanie Vanden Bos’ practice is a good place to start since she has experience with all of the aforementioned issues. She also does individual therapy and couples therapy sessions.

156 Fifth Ave., No. 1223, New York, NY 10010; (646) 661-0259

2. Sabina Tyrk, LCSW

Sabina Tyrk uses a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy to deal with social anxiety as well as a range of other issues such as anxiety, mood disorders, and familial conflicts. Therapy can get expensive, but Tyrk not only accepts insurance, she also has a sliding scale payment system.

26 Court St., Suite 1412, Brooklyn, New York 11242; (917) 790-0571

3. Heather Lortie, LCSW

If you’re wary of being prescribed medications to aid you in dealing with your social anxiety and any other related mental health ailments, Heather Lortie could be the therapist for you. Her practice uses a holistic and evidence-based approach and favors finding other solutions in lieu of medications.

594 Broadway, 907, New York, NY 10012; (212) 792-6058

4. Megan Murphy, LMHC

Megan Murphy started out as a dancer before finding her way to psychology and meditation. Her approach to mental health care includes positive psychology as well as Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness, and meditation.

Expansive Therapy, 225 Broadway, Suite 3009, New York, NY 10007; (212) 655-9817

5. Berenice Rosales, LMHC

If you’d feel more comfortable speaking in Spanish, Berenice Rosales is a bilingual psychotherapist. She can accommodate one-on-one sessions as well as group sessions should that be something that could be potentially helpful

115 Broadway, Suite. 1800, New York, New York 10006; (347) 997-1330

6. Betsy Hallerman, LCSW

Betsy Hallerman is a psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience of “talk therapy” dealing with all issues relating to anxiety, depression, and relationships. Hallerman is an out of network provider but emphasizes her willingness to help you fill out your insurance form and find a rate that you can work with.

80 East 11th St., Suite 338, New York, NY 10003; (212) 979 5815

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