Maya McKenzie, Therapist in New York, New York — Zencare
Maya  McKenzie
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Maya McKenzie

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Practice: Resilience Lab
New York Waitlist Online
Flatiron District Waitlist In-person
Updated July 20, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Body image
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Maya believes that everyone is looking to increase their joy and decrease their suffering, and that therapy can be valuable in working towards these goals. She works with her clients to identify patterns in their life that used to keep them safe, but no longer do, and create new ways of approaching the challenges clients may face in their lives. Maya is a strong ally for her clients who can not just hold space for difficult and complex feelings, but also be present with clients who are navigating that space. Her hope is that her clients feel like she is in the passenger seat next to them on their journey of growth.

As a provider, Maya is always willing to expand her knowledge and bring together different therapeutic techniques based on clients’ needs and interests. While she mainly takes a psychodynamic approach to therapy, she also has training in DBT, compassion-based mindfulness, and art therapy. Utilizing a diverse range of therapeutic techniques allows her to better meet her clients where they are, helping them to develop and utilize the tools that will best fit their needs.

Maya’s work is grounded in a social justice-oriented and anti-oppressive lens. She strives to be critical of the ways that the field of social work has enforced inequality, and approaches her therapeutic relationships with humility and a willingness to learn from and with her clients. She is especially focused on supporting LGBTQ+ people, polyamorous/ENM people, and other marginalized communities in their journey to increase their joy. Fat liberation is embedded in her practice, and she strives to remove anti-fat bias from the therapeutic relationship.

Maya is currently taking new clients remotely, and hopes to begin in-person sessions when safely possible. Her office is located at 928 Broadway in Manhattan.


Message to clients

I believe everyone is looking to increase their joy and decrease their suffering, and therapy can be valuable in working towards these goals. In our work together, we will identify patterns in your life that used to keep you safe, but no longer do, and create new ways of approaching the challenges you may face in your life. I see myself as a strong ally for my clients who can not just hold space for difficult and complex feelings, but also be present with you in that space. My hope is that you will feel like I am in the passenger seat next to you on your journey of growth.

My work is grounded in a social justice-oriented and anti-oppressive lens. I strive to be critical of the ways that the field of social work has enforced inequality, and approach my therapeutic relationships with humility and a willingness to learn from and with my clients. As a provider, I am always willing to expand my knowledge and bring together different therapeutic techniques based on your needs and interests. I am especially focused on supporting LGBTQ+ people, polyamorous/ENM people, and other marginalized communities in their journey to increase their joy. Fat liberation is embedded in my practice, and I strive to remove anti-fat bias from the therapeutic relationship.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Body image - Development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more positive self-talk and self-perception.

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

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

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




Clientele

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

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Aetna International
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • All Savers Insurance Company
  • AllWays Health Partners (formerly Neighborhood Health)
  • Allied Benefit Systems
  • Golden Rule Insurance Company
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Humana
  • Meritain Health
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
  • Optum
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Trustmark
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Shared Services

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $150

Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Flatiron District practice
928 Broadway, Fifth Floor, New York, New York 11010
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 3 years

Resilience Lab, Psychotherapist, 2022 - Present
Ascend Public Charter Schools, School Social Worker, 2019 - 2022

New York University Silver School of Social Work, MSW, 2019
Columbia University, BA, 2017


Licensure

New York: 107481


Languages

English