Carolina  Biernacki
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Carolina Biernacki

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Adult & Child Psychiatrist, MD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Midtown West Accepting In-person
Updated June 5, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • ADHD
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Anxiety
  • Child mental health
  • Stress management
  • Mood disorders

Professional statement

Carolina Biernacki, M.D. is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist based in the Flatiron district in New York City. She sees patients of all ages, most of whom are struggling with mood disorders such as depression, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder; anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, OCD; trauma or loss; ADHD; adjustment difficulties; family, social, professional or relationship stress; and/or overall difficulty functioning. Dr Biernacki's aim is always to work collaboratively with a patient to get a thorough understanding of their symptoms and situation in order to offer a treatment plan that aligns with a patient's needs, wants and expectations.

Dr. Biernacki's approach is patient-centered, culturally-sensitive and comprehensive, taking into account a client's lifestyle, origins, wellness habits and personal preference in addition to their medical and psychiatric history. Dr. Biernacki always provides evidence-based treatment approaches with typical treatment consisting of psychotherapy (see list for various options depending on indication/preference), medication management or both, as well as discussions around optimizing lifestyle and overall wellness.

Dr. Biernacki started as an internist but quickly switched to psychiatry as she found that mental health was an underestimated component of overall health. After completing training in child and adolescent psychiatry at NYPH/Columbia/Cornell, she worked in medically underserved areas and non-profit clinics serving incredibly varied patient populations. She has provided guidance in establishing mental health programs for agencies such as IMG models; has lectured at the Child Mind Institute and professional conferences; and has published 2 chapters in the esteemed psychiatric book A Guide to Treatments That Works, 4th Edition from Oxford Press which reviews the latest research on psychiatric medication and psychosocial treatments. It is with this breadth and depth of experience that Dr. Biernacki approaches each patient to optimize healing and well being.


Message to clients

Despite increased mental health awareness over the years, I know that it can still be difficult to take the steps to seek treatment, let alone show up at a stranger's office and discuss deeply personal issues. I want every client to know that I understand what a challenge this can be, and how important it is for you to feel at ease and truly heard. I work with clients to make the process as smooth as possible and offer both in person and virtual visits as a means to ensure flexible access as well.

I think of mental health as the cornerstone of overall health and therefore aim to work on resiliency and optimizing mental wellness as opposed to simply addressing symptoms. While I provide psychotherapy to most of my patients, I do see many for medication management only and collaborate with external therapists. For children and adolescent patients, I work with school counsellors and teachers - in addition to parents, of course - and can refer for neuropsych testing or review IEPs. I also have a referral network for DBT, group treatments, TMS and ketamine.


Specialties

ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

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

Child mental health - Specialized strategies for common childhood disorders including attention issues, attachment problems, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, autism spectrum diagnoses, and feeding or elimination issues.

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Mood disorders - Clinical depression, persistent depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders that cause disturbances in the client's mood, causing mood swings, restless sleep, and/or elevated mood




Clientele

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

Insurance

Carolina Biernacki is not in-network with any insurances.

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


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $350 (45min)
  • Initial session: $550 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $400 (45min)
  • Family sessions: $400 (45min)
  • Medication management and therapy sessions: $350 (45min)
  • Medication management sessions: $300 (30min)
  • Initial child/adolescent session: $1050 (120min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am - 8pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 9am - 6pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Midtown West practice
220 Fifth Ave, 11th floor, #11, New York, New York 10001
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9am - 6pm
  • Wed 9am - 6pm
  • Thu 9am - 8pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 19 years

Community Healthcare Network, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2015 - 2021
VNSNY, Psychiatrist, 2012 - 2015

NYPH/Columbia/Cornell, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency, 2012
Mount Sinai West, Psychiatry Residency, 2010
Mount Sinai West, Internal Medicine Internship, 2007
PUMS, Doctor of Medicine, 2005
McGill, Bachelor of Science, 2001
College Marie de France, French Baccalaureate, 1998


Licensure

New York: 266969


Languages

English

French

Polish


Client testimonials

"Obviously very professional and very helpful. I’ve already experienced a breakthrough. It’s not only because of Dr. Biernacki but she helped."
- Zencare client • June 2023