Aurora Center NYC

Accepting new clients for daytime, evening, & weekend appointments in Upper West Side practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Aurora Center NYC is a full-service outpatient treatment center that provides a supportive environment for helping clients at all stages of their eating disorder recovery. At Aurora, clients are guided through a holistic, integrated recovery that includes nutrition counseling and meal support therapy.

Additionally, the providers at Aurora Center NYC help clients navigate a variety of mental health and emotional wellness challenges, including anxiety, depression, issues related to college and graduate school, and relationship concerns.

Along with individual counseling, Aurora Center provides life coaching, couples counseling, family therapy, and both individual and group yoga therapy.

The providers at Aurora Center NYC strive to create an environment where clients feel understood, safe, and nourished on their journey to healing their mind, soul, and body. They look forward to meeting you.

Marissa  Sappho
Marissa Sappho

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Lauren  Wash
Lauren Wash

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Rachel  Szalkiewicz Padilla
Rachel Szalkiewicz Padilla

Master of Science, MS

Shannon  Tomascak
Shannon Tomascak

Master of Science, MS

Erica  Suskin
Erica Suskin

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW

Benjy Epstein
Benjy Epstein

Psychologist, PhD


+ What services does your practice offer?

Aurora Center NYC has one mission: to offer a supportive environment for individualized healing and recovery, mind, soul and body. We are a full service outpatient treatment center, specializing in Eating Disorders and treating all mental health issues. We offer individual and group psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, meal support therapy, FBT/Maudsley, individual and group Yoga Therapy, life coaching, and couple and family therapy.

+ What are your practice's specialties?

The Aurora Center NYC Team has expertise in several areas, including Eating Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Healthcare Professionals, College & Graduate Students, as well as other mood & personality disorders, relationship issues.

+ Why should I choose your practice?

Aurora Center NYC is a team of expert therapists, all of whom are extensively trained in an integrative approach to treatment; we have a strong focus on evidence-based treatment with a strong focus on flexible and responsive care that we adapt to fit the needs of each individual. Aurora represents the chance for renewal and the belief that no matter how dark the day has been before, a new dawn will come. The colors of Aurora Eating Disorder Treatment Center are yellow and gray — yellow to represent the dawn of a new day and a chance to try again, gray to represent the in-between space in which we all must learn to live sometimes. Aurora is designed to be a refuge — a safe space, where each person is treated as an individual, not just a patient, and where whole recovery becomes not only a possibility, but a reality.

+ How does payment work at your practice?

At Aurora Center NYC, fees for treatment services are clear and transparent with no hidden fees or add-on costs. Clients pay us directly for all treatment services rendered, however many of our clients have found that treatment at our New York City eating disorder clinic is often reimbursable by most insurance companies as an out-of-network provider. We offer support and advocacy around insurance reimbursement to ensure that you are able to utilize your benefits to the fullest extent possible, however it is the responsibility of the individual patient and family to pay for all services received. We accept the following forms of payment: cash, check, credit card, debit card, and medical flexible spending account debit cards.

As part of our mission of caring for our community and commitment to healing, we reserve a limited number of slots for individuals experiencing financial hardship and provide reduced fee treatment on an as-needed basis.


Eating Disorders - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

College mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, anxiety, and/or depression

Healthcare professionals' mental health - Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of burnout, hierarchical pressures, and vicarious trauma

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Aurora Center NYC is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $175
  • Initial session: $300 (75-90min)
  • Sessions with Marissa Sappho or Benjy Epstein: $275 (45min)
  • Sessions with Marissa Sappho or Benjy Epstein: $325 (60min)
  • Sessions with Erica Suskin, Lauren Wash, or Kathryn Hansz: $175 (45min)
  • Sessions with Erica Suskin, Lauren Wash, or Kathryn Hansz: $200 (60min)

Therapist's note

The Aurora Center can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Upper West Side practice

200 West 86th Street

Suite 1M

New York, NY 10024


  • Mon 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sun 9:00am-6:00pm



Therapy Groups

Aurora Center NYC
Binge Eating Disorder Group

This 4-week group offers support and strategies for individuals struggling with binge eating disorder during these uncertain times.

Aurora Center NYC
Recovery in Color

Recovery In Color is an online support group providing a safe space for individuals of color to discuss and process their personal experiences with disordered eating and eating disorder treatment.

Aurora Center NYC
COVID-19 College Student Support Group

This weekly online group provides a space for college students to process the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with other peers who are also adjusting to this new normal.

Aurora Center NYC
Yoga Therapy Group

This twice-weekly online yoga therapy group aims to create connection and foster wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aurora Center NYC
Wellness While Sheltering in Place

Wellness While Sheltering Place is an online therapy group designed to support and teach participants skills, tools, tips, techniques, and activities to better cope with the current quarantine conditions imposed by COVID-19.