Lisa  Ruesch

Lisa Ruesch

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Juris Doctor, JD

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait for morning, daytime, & afternoon appointments (updated June 11, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Eating disorders
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships

Professional statement

Lisa Ruesch is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who practices in the Flatiron District and Brooklyn Heights.  She has worked with adults, adolescents, and children of all races, ages, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identifications addressing issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma (including childhood abuse/trauma), addiction, chronic illness, eating disorders, and interpersonal conflict. She also has experience counseling individuals who are navigating personal and professional transitions.

Lisa’s practice draws upon the analytic rigor and diligence that she used in her previous career as an attorney. Her advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy allows her to work in a way that suits each client best.

When working with clients with a history of trauma, Lisa spends time developing trust and rapport, helping clients to feel comfortable and safe. Lisa also ensures clients have coping strategies in place in case they become overwhelmed during a session. She has a deep understanding of the recurrence of patterns in traumatic relationships and is attentive to the ways these patterns can reappear in the therapeutic relationship.

Among Lisa’s goals is to offer her clients a safe space that allows them to explore their many parts. She wants them to leave feeling more empowered to live the life they desire. Lisa received post-graduate training at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and her MSW from New York University.

Message to clients

As a licensed clinical social worker who practices psychotherapy with warmth and curiosity, I help clients reflect, heal, build on their strengths, and enact positive change. I work collaboratively with clients in an open, safe environment that allows them to give voice to and explore their many parts. Over the course of treatment, they often discover new ways of relating to others and to themselves. I look forward to working with you.


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

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

Eating disorders - Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends

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

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

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Initial session: $250 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (60min)


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Flatiron District practice

71 West 23rd Street

14th Floor

New York, NY 10010

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am-8:30pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 9:00am-8:30pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Brooklyn Heights practice

26 Court Street

Suite 611

Brooklyn, NY 11242

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

Chelsea practice

138 West 25th Street

6th Floor

New York, NY 10001

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2019-Present
Jewish Board, 2016-2018
National Institute for the Psychotherapies, 2015-Present
New York University, MSW, 2015
Public and Private Legal Practice, 2002-2014
University of Southern California, JD, 2002
Vassar College, AB, 1991


  • English