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.
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
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Private Practice, 2019 - Present
National Institute for the Psychotherapies, 2015 - 2021
Jewish Board, 2016 - 2018
Public and Private Legal Practice, 2002 - 2014
National Institute for the Psychotherapies, Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Comprehensive Psychotherapy, 2021
New York University, MSW, 2015
University of Southern California, JD, 2002
Vassar College, AB, 1991