Hi! I’m Mia (she/her). I am a psychotherapist and certified mindfulness teacher who works with adolescents and adults, with a specialty in (pre-)college/grad students and young adults. My background is in teaching, research, the performing arts, and technology, which informs my current work. I have a creative approach and enjoy being challenged to think outside of the box! I completed my 200-hour mindfulness meditation teacher training at The Interdependence Project in NYC and my MSW at New York University. I also hold a PhD in musicology from Cornell University and have over a decade of experience working in Higher Education.
Kintsugi, n. The Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, so when it is put back together the result is even more beautiful than the original.
I am based at a practice in Westchester, NY—Ilana Rosenberg, Ph.D. & Associates—but currently seeing all clients through teletherapy. If you are located in other parts of NY state, I am happy to continue with teletherapy after the option of in-person services resumes.
I believe that therapy has the power to help us feel less alone and change the way we view ourselves. If you’ve ever felt like there’s something wrong with you, that the things you struggle with are somehow “easier” for others, or that you’ll only be ok if you do X, Y, & Z, I might be a good fit for you.
I am a compassionate, open-minded, & non-judgmental therapist with a warm presence & sense of humor. I work from an anti-racist, feminist, and LGBTQ-affirming lens—whatever your identity, you are welcome here. I primarily use AEDP and polyvagal theory-informed therapy, and also draw upon my training in DBT, trauma-sensitive mindfulness, and nonviolent communication (NVC). In short, I have a creative, strengths-based, & relational approach—my aim is to help you see yourself in a more expansive way and address blocks that are preventing you from from accessing hope and happiness. Above all, I believe in listening deeply to my clients’ needs—I have great respect for anyone who tries therapy and will always ask “what’s working here?” and “what’s not?”
I see clients across the lifespan, with a particular focus on young adults. In addition to issues relating to college/grad school and emerging adulthood, my specialities include anxiety, depression, college/adult ADHD, grief, relationship challenges, and life/career transitions.
Sometimes clients benefit from supplemental services—when appropriate (and if you are open to this), I collaborate with yoga teachers, accupuncturists, nutritionists and functional medicine doctors, psychiatrists, EMDR providers, somatic experiencing therapists, and other bodywork specialists.
I am a certified mindfulness teacher and integrate practices into therapy sessions if my clients are interested in exploring this approach. Many people share that they’re interested in mindfulness, but are skeptical of whether meditation will work for them or have had a negative experience. I am trained in trauma-sensitive practices and am committed to helping individuals figure out what approach works for them. I have a particular focus on compassion and relational practices.
I draw upon a decade of experience working in Higher Education to help high schoolers prepare for college, college/grad students navigate this period of life, and young adults adjust to the post-college transition. Common issues include academic/dissertation/work stress and relationship challenges—whether with peers/romantic partners or family members (increasingly during covid!)
I am a Safe & Sound Protocol provider—SSP is a brief auditory intervention that is designed to initiate and access a physiological state conducive to well-being, positive engagement with others, and growth in learning and therapy. SSP is appropriate for a a variety of issues in both children and adults, including anxiety, ADHD, sensory sensitivities, and trauma symptoms such as misophonia. I find it can be a useful complement to talk therapy.
While I am not an in-network provider for any insurance plans, I provide monthly superbills, so you can take advantage of out-of-network benefits. My fees range from $175-250 for a 45-minute session and I offer a small number of sliding-scale spots for students and young adults.
What are out-of-network benefits?
Insurance companies often cover a percentage of the cost of services with therapists/doctors etc. that aren’t directly affiliated with them. I recommend you call your insurance company and ask if you have out-of-network benefits and how much they will pay for “50 minute individual psychotherapy with an out-of-network provider.” They will let you know what % of my rate they will cover and what % you’ll have to pay. (E.g. Cornell’s Aetna plan requires students to pay 30% for out-of-network mental health services, so it’ll work out at $57/session or less if you have a sliding scale spot). You’ll also want to ask what your “deductible is” (i.e. the amount you have to spend each year before your benefits kick in).
What is a superbill?
You’ll pay me my full amount for our sessions, then at the end of the month I’ll give you a “superbill” detailing how much you’ve paid. You submit this to your insurance company (you can use the insurance company’s portal or the Reimbursify app) and they will send you a check for whatever percentage they said they’d cover.
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