Merritt Stewart is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 25 years of experience as a practicing therapist in New York City. She specializes in working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression and trauma. One particular area of expertise is working with those who have histories of sexual abuse/assault. She sees those who report having unsatisfying interpersonal (familial, intimate, etc.) relationships, difficulty managing stress and who lack emotional stability.
Clients who visit Merritt often report having unhealthy relationships and repeating patterns of behavior that are not serving them well. They often present with many of the following concerns: sleep and eating disturbances; low self-esteem; addictive behaviors; self-harm; excessive worry/rumination; depressed mood; anxiety/panic attacks; post-traumatic stress.
Merritt’s approach is trauma-informed and psychodynamic, while also grounded in evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She will work with you to identify areas of concern and assess strengths. Her clients report feeling more content and fulfilled in their personal lives and careers. Her warm, compassionate persona ensures a non-judgmental space where clients are able to be authentic and experience tangible growth. Her practice is open to young adults, couples and adults across the lifespan. She frequently works with college and graduate students.
Trauma - Coping and healing after traumatic events, including childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault and/or interpersonal violence (includes: creating safety; identifying triggers; validating and normalizing trauma responses; building and strengthening adaptive coping skills)
Anxiety - Managing excessive worry, fear, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression - Providing support and working toward a more stable mood and affect
College/work - Navigating the transition to schooling or a new job, managing interpersonal conflicts, coping with anxiety and stress
Couples/marital counseling - working on identifying habitual, reactive patterns of engagement, enhancing effective communication, reducing conflict
Parenting - Supporting parents as they adjust to all stages of parenthood
This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:
Years of Experience: 24 years
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Victim Services Program, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Therapist and clinical supervisor, 2008 - 2020
Post Graduate Center for Mental Health, FFS clinician, 2007 - 2009
Child Sexual Abuse Treatment and Prevention Program, KHCC, Therapist, 2002 - 2004
JBFCS, Therapist, 1998 - 2002
Hunter College School of Social Work, MSW, 1997
Tulane University, BA, 1993
New York: 070596