Lydia Jane Thompson
She/Her/HersLicensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Lydia Thompson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who lives and practices in NYC. After attending Kenyon College, Lydia graduated from the Columbia University School of Social Work in 2012. Prior to entering private practice, Lydia worked in a variety of NYC community mental health settings providing clinical services in addition to doing administrative work.
Lydia began her career supporting domestic violence survivors at a non-profit organization called STEPS to End Family Violence. She then moved on to work as a mental health clinician at Rikers Island where she worked with multiple populations including teenage boys charged with felonies and adult men and women who had been found unfit to stand trial due to severe and persistent mental illness. From there she worked in outpatient psychiatry at Bronx Lebanon Hospital providing psychotherapy to a population of individuals in the community. She then returned to the correctional health space in an administrative capacity to oversee a program which operated out of Manhattan and Brooklyn Central Bookings and provided services to individuals shortly after their arrest.
Lydia has an entirely virtual practice and is licensed in NY, NJ, FL, and CA. Lydia's treatment approach focuses primarily on creating a partnership. Her intake process consists of getting a sense of a client's prior treatment history with an emphasis on whatever the client views as the most pressing need. Within the context of a relational and person-centered approach, Lydia will employ more targeted CBT and DBT-based interventions as needed. Lydia also enjoys integrating mindfulness tools into treatment whenever possible. Lydia will make a point of learning about your additional self care tools outside of therapy so that a holistic treatment plan can be created that addresses your needs both in and out of session.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
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
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Work stress - Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging relationships with coworkers and bosses
Years of Experience: 10 years
Private Practice, Psychotherapist, 2020 - Present
NYC Health + Hospitals , Assistant Director, 2018 - 2021
BronxCare Health System, Social Worker, 2017 - 2018
NYC Health + Hospitals, Correctional Counselor, 2014 - 2016
STEPS to End Family Violence, Senior Counselor, 2012 - 2014
Columbia University School of Social Work, Master of Science in Social Work, 2012
Kenyon College, Bachelor of Arts, 2008
New York: 085905
New Jersey: 44SC05971600