Helen  Bird

Helen Bird

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments (updated September 22, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Substance use recovery
  • Trauma
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Helen Bird is a holistically oriented Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greenwich Village, New York City. She specializes in trauma recovery, including recovery from sexual abuse and assault, substance use and addictions, anxiety, depression, and binge eating disorder. She has a deep understanding of 12-step programs, and is dedicated to supporting individuals through the recovery process. She has been in private practice for over 25 years.

Helen's work is guided by the understanding that each person has their own deep inner perfection of being. Clients may have lost touch with this, or feel they cannot access it enough to let the best parts of us run their lives; Helen is trained to guide clients back to this wonderful part of them, and in helping them regain it, along with their truth and joy. She offers a safe, authentic relationship, and a warm, sensitive, and engaged style of therapy.

Helen is enthusiastic about using humanistic psychotherapies and integrating mind, body, and spirit to work with clients as a whole person, not a diagnosis. Her eclectic treatment approach focuses on finding one’s truth and happiness and using the best intervention to help her clients. She combines Gestalt therapy, Internal Family Systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic therapy in her practice.

Helen received her Masters in Social Work from NYU, where she trained in developmental and ego psychology, and attended Hampshire and Hunter Colleges as an undergraduate where she focused on creative writing, comparative religion, and psychology.


Message to clients

People seeking therapy are often feeling frightened, alone and in great emotional turmoil and pain.
It is my priority to be present with sensitivity, empathy, and respect for who you are.
I use a synthesis of humanistic psychotherapies, body/mind/spirit interrelation, and grounding in classical theories. I will work with you as a whole person, not a diagnosis.
The right fit with a therapist is crucial to success of the therapy. Please come in for a free consultation.


Specialties

Substance use recovery - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

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

Codependency - Support around understanding and connecting with one's own feelings, wants, and voice; detaching from the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of others

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

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

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress


General expertise


Insurance


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $165 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $80 - $165
  • Initial session: $165 (60min)

Therapist's note

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


Location(s)

412 6th Avenue

Suite 403

New York, NY 10011

Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1993 - Present

Fifth Avenue Center for Psychotherapy and Counseling, Psychotherapist, 2000 - 2002

Catholic Charities Woodside Mental Health Clinic, Clinical Social Worker/Supervisor, 1998 - 2000

Teachers College, Columbia University, Practicum Instructor/Supervisor, 1997 - 2000

Community Counseling and Mediation, Senior Clinical Social Worker/Supervisor, 1993 - 1998

Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy Clinic, Psychotherapist/Clinical Fellowship, 1993 - 1997

Brooklyn Psychiatric Centers, Clinical Social Work Intern, 1992 - 1993

Elmhurst Hospital Outpatient Mental Hygiene Clinic, Psychiatric MSW Intern, 1991 - 1992

Red Cross, 9/11 Mental Health Volunteer, 2001 - 2002

Cabrini Hospice, Hospice Volunteer, 1989 - 1991

New York University School of Social Work, MSW, 1992

Hunter College, BA, 1989

Center for Self Leadership, Training in Internal Family Systems, 2004 - 2005

Ackerman Family Institute & the Children’s Advocacy Center, Training: Children & Trauma, 1996 - 1997

Columbia University, Seminar in Field Instruction, 1994 - 1995

Gestalt Associates For Psychotherapy, Clinical Fellowship in Gestalt Therapy, 1992 - 1996

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Training: Trauma, 1995

NY Open Center & Institute of Core Energetics, Integrative Therapy Training (Jungian, Freudian, NLP, Psychosynthesis, and Gestalt), 1988 - 1992

Has studied with:

R.D. Laing, Schizophrenia

Elizabeth Kubler Ross, Death and Dying

Stephen Levine, Death and Dying

Alexander Lowen, Bioenergetic Therapy

John Pierrakos, Core Energetic Therapy.


Languages

  • English

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