Dr. Michelle Casarella is a clinical psychologist with an office in Hawthorne, New York (Westchester County). For your convenience, she also offers in home sessions or online therapy. Her specialties include early motherhood, perinatal mental health, anxiety and the unique stressors entrepreneurs face. Dr. Casarella especially enjoys working with mothers seeking additional support for the challenges and stressors of raising young children.
Dr. Casarella helps mothers as they adjust to parenthood, and all the transitions and new demands that accompany it – demands stemming from both external and internal factors. She understands that parenthood entails major, fundamental shifts, and she works with clients to navigate and find balance in the midst of such a major adaptation.
Dr. Casarella takes an approach that is practical and skills-based, blending Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) in order to effect immediate change and also make a natural, organic progression. Additionally, she incorporates mindfulness strategies, which she finds helpful for soothing anxiety for mothers who feel that they are constantly “on.”
As a mother herself, Dr. Casarella understands the pressure and guilt that moms at any stage are subjected to, and looks forward to helping her clients learn to manage such feelings of overwhelm in order to find inner peace and stay present with their family.
Maternal/perinatal mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Transition to motherhood - Working with women as they adjust to new motherhood; cultivating self-care and stress management
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present
Entrepreneurs - Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health
Forensic psychology - Understanding and managing triggers and motivations related to criminal activity; evaluation of one’s mental competence, criminal responsibility, competency to stand trial, risk-assessment; testifying as an expert witness
Michelle Casarella is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:
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Private Practice, 2018 - Present
New York City Police, Department Psychologist, 2015 - 2018
California School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, 2015