Amy  Bender

Amy Bender

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Master of Social Work, MSW Practice: Resilience Lab Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Flatiron District Waitlist In-person

Please note that at this time, I'm unable to accept Medicare or Medicaid plans.

Updated January 31, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Infertility counseling
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health
  • Relationship issues
  • Women's issues

Professional statement

Amy teaches mental health skills that empower people to live the life they envision for themselves. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Amy takes a person-centered approach to combat negative thoughts-feelings-behaviors, build healthy coping mechanisms, and unlock potential.

In addition to validating and listening to clients, Amy provides directives and and assigns homework, so sessions feel interactive. One of her strengths is looking at the “big picture” of someone’s life, seeing where their behaviors are misaligned with their values, and understanding how that impacts them today. Amy believes realignment is a key component of embodying the true self.

To Amy, miracles happen when people start using mental health tools. By incorporating a few simple life skills, suddenly "all the lights turn green." As clients make better choices, they start to attract good things into their lives. They start to live the life they want to live.


Message to clients

Have you ever thought there was a more authentic version of yourself? Maybe you’ve glimpsed this version in the eyes of someone who loves you—like a grandparent, teacher, or friend. They see only the best in you and you feel strong, confident, and content around them.

Spoiler alert: this can be you all the time!

Due to trauma, stress, or unhelpful conditioning, many of us develop maladaptive coping strategies and negative thought patterns, which keeps us from living authentically. Together, we’ll examine how these thoughts, feelings, and behaviors influence each other so you can replace them with healthier patterns, get unstuck, and build the life you’ve always dreamed about.

We’ll also look at the life you want to live, build skills to reach your goals, and unlock your potential. These tools will help you manage life’s ups and downs and build healthy relationships in all areas of your life.

My vision is for you to feel loved and accepted, find meaningful and rewarding work, and internalize that the good things in life are meant for you. In a world that pulls our focus in so many directions, we’ll create a safe, unconditional place just for you and your north star.


Specialties

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

Infertility counseling - Understanding infertility interventions and solutions; support during decision-making processes; coping with fertility problems and pregnancy loss

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety

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

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Aetna International
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • All Savers Insurance Company
  • Allied Benefit Systems
  • Cigna
  • Golden Rule Insurance Company
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Meritain Health
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
  • Nippon Life Benefits
  • Optum
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Surest (formerly Bind)
  • Trustmark
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Shared Services
  • University of California Berkeley Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet Student)
  • Wellfleet

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $75 - $150
  • Couples sessions: $250 (60min)

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 Closed
  • Tue 10am to 2pm
  • Wed 9am to 6pm
  • Thu 9am to 6pm
  • Fri 9am to 4pm
  • Sat 10am to 1pm
  • Sun 6pm to 8pm

Flatiron District practice
928 Broadway, Suite 500, New York, New York 10010
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11am - 8pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 3 years

Silver Hill Hospital, Residential Counselor, 2021 - 2022

Fordham University, MSW, 2021


Licensure

New York: 116334


Languages

English