Nathaniel  Smith

Nathaniel Smith

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for afternoon & daytime appointments in Pleasantville practice (updated May 20, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Group therapy
  • Child therapy
  • Anger management
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Nathaniel Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who welcomes couples, families, and individual clients across the lifespan to his practice in New York. He often works with clients for such issues as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and anger management.

Nathaniel has advanced training in adult group psychotherapy, which he uses either independently of – or in conjunction – with individual therapy. Group has been shown to be just as effective or more effective than individual therapy in most situations; an individual therapist can tell you that you are not alone in facing difficulties, but group members can ground you in the experience of it. Learning the manner in which different members see you opens up new possibilities for the way you view yourself. Listening to other group members can create a sense of permission to say what you might otherwise be uncomfortable to say alone in an individual session. The differing dynamics of group therapy can access issues that aren’t reached as effectively in individual therapy. When undertaken at the same time they can often enhance the work being done in the other format. This can a be a very effective approach for sticky issues that don’t seem to progress well enough in individual therapy.

In his work with children and teens, Nathaniel integrates play and talk therapy with parent and family meetings as indicated. Less verbal kids or teens (aged 4 and older) discover a wide range of toys and activities in his office, facilitating the language of play in communicating their struggles. Parents receive guidance on the important emotional talk or play themes emerging in sessions while often learning to utilize behavioral or parenting strategies that can support their child. Family sessions are implemented with families more inclined to work together on problems or to help ease the pressure of focus on one family member, among other uses. Problems with attention, socialization, trauma, divorce, oppositional or aggressive behavior, substance abuse and academic performance are among the many typical problems addressed in his practice.

Child and adult play is sometimes referred to as a “transitional space” – a place where problems can be sorted through more freely outside of the pressures of reality. Central to Nathaniel's approach to adult individual, group, or couples psychotherapy is an effort to build such an atmosphere of shared creative exploration. Adults and couples with whom he works grow in accepting a wider range of their thoughts, feelings and experiences. In so doing, they put more of them into the words that become the vehicles for self-understanding, growth and healing.

Nathaniel's office is located in downtown Pleasantville, NY immediately across from the Jacob Burns Film center. It is convenient to access from the train as well as the Saw Mill and Taconic Parkways. He looks forward to speaking to explore the possibility of working together!


Message to clients

With over 20 years of clinical experience helping children, adults and families, I bring a thoughtful, sensitive, accepting and thorough approach to the work. I treat a wide range of psychological issues through individual, family and adult group psychotherapy. Is your relationship with yourself or important people around you diminished by problematic thoughts, feelings or behaviors? Are you or your child having difficulty reaching goals in work, school, family or other significant areas of your life? I have been effective working with people of differing ages and backgrounds on issues such as depression, anger management, anxiety, relationships, transitions, behavior problems, mood disorders and many others.
What are the unique life circumstances that you or your child have faced? Are their important parts of you that have not been sufficiently seen, heard or respected? I engage my clients in a mutual process of inquiry so as to improve self-understanding, self-esteem and satisfaction with life. I have advanced training in treating adults with early trauma and losses and with the unique techniques, such as play therapy, necessary for effective child psychotherapy. Please feel free to contact me so that we can explore the possibility or our working together.


Specialties

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

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

Group therapy - Healing, processing, and skill-building in a supportive small group environment

Child therapy - Specialized strategies for common childhood disorders including attention issues, attachment problems, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, autism spectrum diagnoses, and feeding or elimination issues

Anger management - Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect


General expertise


Insurance

Nathaniel Smith is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Cigna
  • Medicare


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (45min)
  • Initial session: $0 (45min)
  • Group sessions: $45 (90min)

Therapist's note

Nathaniel offers a complimentary first session.

Nathaniel 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

Pleasantville practice

351 Manville Road

Suite 101

Pleasantville, NY 10570

Hours
  • Mon 12:00pm-8:30pm
  • Tue 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-8:30pm
  • Thu 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 11:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2015 - Present
Riverdale Mental Health Center, 2006 - 2015
Employee Assistance Resource Services, 2000 -2004
Syosset Counseling Center, 1999 - 2000
Center for Group Studies Group Training Program, 2010 - Present
William Alanson White Institute, Child Treatment Program, 2006 -2009
Catholic University, MSW, 1994
Brown University, BA, 1994


Languages

  • English

Therapy Groups

Nathaniel  Smith
Mixed Issue Psychodynamic Process Group

This ongoing weekly process group for adults is a place for members to work on personal challenges of various origin while receiving support and feedback from the group setting.

Nathaniel  Smith
Thursday Therapy Group

This weekly process group for adults helps members cope with a wide variety of challenges through group support and guidance.

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