Michelle  Casarella

Michelle Casarella

Psychologist, PsyD

Accepting new clients for evening & daytime appointments in Hawthorne practice (updated November 07, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Maternal/perinatal mental health
  • Transition to motherhood
  • Anxiety
  • Mindfulness
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Forensic psychology

Professional statement

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.


Message to clients

Becoming a mom changes your entire world instantaneously. You love your kids so much it hurts & at the same time you’re trying to navigate the person you are now. You have many other roles (partner, employee, etc.) to fulfill, as well as carrying the mental load of the family (doctors' appointments, soccer practice, packing the diaper bag, etc.). There is so much to do, it's no wonder modern moms are stressed! You find yourself experiencing mom guilt, overwhelm, anxiety, questioning yourself & feeling like you're always failing in some way. Things may look good on the outside, but you're struggling on the inside & need support.

Imagine what it would feel like to better manage the mom guilt, anxiety and feelings of constant overwhelm. You would have more patience, more time to do things that fulfill you, and more happiness in your home. You want to be a happier mom who is both at peace with herself and present with her family. Therapy can help with all the things of #momlife.

I want to give you the support you DESERVE while navigating motherhood. As a woman and a mom, I get it. As a psychologist, I can help. My services accommodate your busy mom life: therapy in my office, concierge therapy at YOUR home or office and online therapy. Schedule your complimentary phone consult to find out how I can help and if we'd be a good fit. If it doesn't feel like a good fit, I'm happy to help you find someone else. 


Specialties

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


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $155 (50min)

Therapist's note

Dr. Casarella can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Hawthorne practice

7 Skyline Drive

Suite 350

Hawthorne, NY 10532

Hours
  • Mon By appointment
  • Tue By appointment
  • Wed By appointment
  • Thu By appointment
  • Fri By appointment
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2018-Present
New York City Police, Department Psychologist, 2015-2018
California School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, 2015


Languages

  • English

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