Monica  Polanco
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Monica Polanco

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Updated January 23, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Cultural adjustment
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Insomnia & sleep issues
  • Stress management

Professional statement

Monica Polanco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides tele-therapy to adults. Many of Monica’s clients are seeking relief from depression, insomnia, challenging relationships or grief.

Monica’s approach is tailored to each client's needs. She uses empathy, attentive listening and well-timed humor to help her clients overcome challenges and discover new facets of themselves. She also incorporates deep breathing practices, guided visualizations and a mind-body approach to enhance her clients’ sense of inner harmony.

Since earning a Master of Social Work degree from New York University, Monica has worked with children and families, Latino immigrants and adults throughout the lifespan. She values social justice and personal growth.


Message to clients

I am passionate about the human spirit -- our drive to think, feel, love, create and express ourselves. As a therapist, I walk beside my clients as they reflect on the twists and turns that make them who they are, discover aspects of themselves and write new chapters in their life story.

I’m motivated to help my clients reach their goals and place that at the center of our work. I am warm, engaging and directive. I believe laughter heals. Occasionally, I might throw in a one-liner.

My clients walk away from our sessions with an enhanced ability to express their emotions, a deeper connection to their bodies and insights about their strengths and goals.

The best part of this work is watching my clients get better. When my clients improve, I hear a song in their voice and see a light in their eyes. (Occasionally, I see a shimmy in their shoulders.)

Finding a therapist you trust is the most important part of therapy. You deserve to feel respected, understood and supported. Let’s discover if I’m the right fit for you. Please call me for a free 15-minute consultation call.


Specialties

Cultural adjustment - Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places

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

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

Insomnia & sleep issues - Exploring ways to improve sleep patterns, develop healthy sleep hygiene, master relaxation techniques, manage stressors, reduce worrying, and address insomnia

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $130 - $200

Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8 am
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 9 am - 2 pm
  • Sun 9 am - 2 pm

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 12 years


New York University , MSW, 2012


Licensure

New York: 084483-01


Languages

English

Spanish