Erica Gardner-Schuster, Therapist in New York — Zencare
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Erica Gardner-Schuster

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Master of Arts (MA) - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Psychologist, PhD
New York Accepting Online

I lead therapy groups for life transitions, relationships, dating, breakups/divorce, identity, loneliness, trust, codependency, work, anxiety, depression & trauma. I look forward to hearing from you!

Updated November 9, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Perfectionism
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
  • Social anxiety
  • Life purpose & meaning
  • Loneliness

Professional statement

Dr. Erica Gardner-Schuster is a clinical Psychologist and group therapist located in New York, NY. Dr. Gardner-Schuster enjoys supporting clients through transitional stages, including the natural life transitions that occur in a person's twenties, thirties and forties.

Many of her clients seek grouop therapy services to boost their self-esteem and confidence. Others want to grow their resilience and learn how to better cope with disappointments, frustrations or difficulties in their lives. Dr. Gardner-Schuster also helps clients with relationship issues such as conflict, toxic patterns, codependency, trauma or feelings of unfulfillment. Clients learn how to cope effectively when they feel overwhelmed by attending to their emotions, bodies and narratives, and by being intentional about routines. Dr. Gardner-Schuster has particular expertise in relationships, social anxiety, empowerment, women's issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, perfectionism and existential/spiritual crises.

Dr. Gardner-Schuster works from an integrative framework to facilitate personal growth and to help individuals cultivate more fulfilling relationships and lives. She has extensive training in psychodynamic, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and more. Dr. Gardner-Schuster is an anti-racist therapist. Dr. Gardner-Schuster believes that moments of crisis and crossroads in life - when faced with courage, honesty and compassion - provide unique moments for healing and transformation.

Dr. Gardner-Schuster has a PhD in Psychology. She trained at Columbia University, Harvard University, The New School for Social Research, NYU-Bellevue and McLean Hospital. She has served as President of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, Instructor of Group Therapy at The New School, and Associate Editor for GROUP journal.

Dr. Gardner-Schuster offers group teletherapy (sometimes combined with individual therapy) and consultation. She welcomes your reaching out to talk more with her about how Group Therapy can help you heal and experience more connection and meaning.


Message to clients

Do you long for greater love and purpose in your life? Do you feel lonely? Stuck in your struggles? Group Therapy can help you find deeper meaning and connection through the practice of authenticity: "letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are" (Brené Brown). By helping you bring your full authentic self into connection, Group can help you transcend loneliness to find more fulfilling relationships. Group can help you lean into your life with more courage, compassion and vulnerability. Group can support your unique journey as you find your way home to where you belong, and to the relationships that sustain you.

Beginning a Therapy Group means joining a supportive therapeutic community where you can practice emotional honesty and relational mindfulness. My groups integrate specialized attachment, trauma and liberation psychology training, and draw from relational, psychodynamic, existential and spiritual traditions. Group Psychotherapy offers a social laboratory to learn more about how you impact others and how others impact you in the "here and now".

You are not alone. I invite you to reach out to talk about how Group can help you find the connection and belonging you deserve. Group can accompany you on your journey as you heal wounds, find where you belong, and cultivate authentic relationships that bring more meaning, joy and love to your life.

Are you ready to realize your vision for relationships that nurture and enliven you? If so, I look forward to hearing from you.


Specialties

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

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

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Social anxiety - Helping clients increase confidence and ability to interact with others amidst fear of being judged, worry about embarrassment, or concern about offending others

Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits

Loneliness - Developing an understanding of one’s loneliness, including its origins and how it impacts daily life; decreasing the occurrence of loneliness by addressing barriers to social connection and practicing coping skills




Clientele

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

Insurance

  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (25min)
  • Sliding scale: $75 - $175
  • Group sessions: $125 (75min)
  • Group Sessions (Sliding Scale): $75 (60min)
  • Individual Sessions (Sliding Scale): $125 (20min)

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
  • Credit Card
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
Therapist's note

I aim to provide high quality, affordable group therapy, including by offering sliding scale/reduced fees. Please contact me to discuss more.


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 7 am - 7 pm
  • Wed 7 am - 8 pm
  • Thu 7 am - 6 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

The New School, Faculty, Counselor, 2010 - Present
Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, President, Associate Editor of GROUP journal, Board of Directors, 2018 - Present
Madison Park Psychological Services, Psychologist, 2018 - 2020
Bellevue Hospital, Psychologist, 2017 - 2018
Massachusetts General Hospital, Clinical Research Coordinator, 2006 - 2009
McLean Hospital, Mental Health Counselor, 2007 - 2008
Germaine Lawrence, Mental Health Counselor, 2005 - 2007
Columbia University, Counselor, 2000 - 2004

The New School for Social Research, Clinical Psychology, 2018
The New School for Social Research, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Counseling, 2016
Harvard University, Health Sciences, 2010
Columbia University, Psychology, 2004


Licensure

New York: 024130


Languages

English


Therapy Groups

Erica  Gardner-Schuster
20s/30s/40s Therapy Group

A safe, empowering space for 20s/30s/40s to support each other and create lives of greater purpose, courage & love. Members foster more fulfilling relationships through "here and now" interpersonal process, emotional honesty and relational mindfulness.

Erica  Gardner-Schuster
20s/30s Therapy Group

A safe, empowering space for 20s/30s to support each other in creating lives of greater purpose, courage and love. Members foster more fulfilling relationships through "here and now" interpersonal process, emotional honesty and relational mindfulness.

Erica  Gardner-Schuster
20s/30s Women's Therapy Group

A safe, empowering space for women to support each other in creating lives of greater purpose, courage and love. Members foster more fulfilling relationships through "here and now" interpersonal process, emotional honesty and relational mindfulness.

Erica  Gardner-Schuster
Women's Therapy Group

A safe, empowering space for women to support each other in creating lives of greater purpose, courage and love. Members foster more fulfilling relationships through "here and now" interpersonal process, emotional honesty and relational mindfulness.

Erica  Gardner-Schuster
Life Transitions & Relationships Therapy Group

A safe, empowering space of support, motivation & courage. Members create a new chapter in the life they want to live. Members foster more fulfilling relationships through "here and now" interpersonal process, emotional honesty & relational mindfulness.