Rachel  Magida

Rachel Magida

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Master of Public Health, MPH

Accepting new clients for daytime & afternoon appointments in Prospect Heights practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Accepting new clients for daytime & afternoon appointments in Midtown West practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Pregnancy & postpartum mental health
  • Mindfulness
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Relationships
  • Executive functioning skills training

Professional statement

Rachel Magida is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with offices in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza and Manhattan’s Columbus Circle. She works with adults who have found themselves at a crossroads, facing change at work, home, or in their sense of self. Many of her clients are in their 20s and 30s, seeking independence from their family of origin, or considering starting a family of their own. Rachel works closely with each individual to strengthen their inner voice and build the confidence to successfully navigate a new stage of life.

Rachel uses an integrative approach, helping clients build the coping strategies to address anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges while exploring the underlying root causes. Drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness practice, Rachel also works with her clients to develop an individualized self-care plan that might include exercise, sleep hygiene, and looking at the role of substances in their lives.

Uniquely, Rachel uses hypnotherapy to help clients tap into their internal strengths and overcome issues including smoking cessation, phobias, sleep problems, and general anxiety. She also offers executive functioning skills training to help clients organize their lives and increase motivation. She empowers her clients to achieve their short- and long-term goals, and they often report an increased sense of self-worth and improved relationships.

With over a decade of experience, Rachel helps her clients regain control of their lives and feel confident in taking on new challenges and roles. Her Manhattan office is easily accessible by the 1/2/A/B/C/D train from Columbus Circle, and her Brooklyn office is located steps from the 2/3 train at Grand Army Plaza. She looks forward to meeting you.

Message to clients

For many people, the decision to seek therapy is made during a stressful time such as a breakup or life transition. Although painful at the moment, this difficult time can serve as a motivator, leading to lasting change and greater life satisfaction. I specialize in emerging adults, adolescents, and perinatal issues. I provide a safe, authentic, and non-judgmental space to help you work through stress and develop new coping strategies. In therapy we will explore your current and past relationships to promote insight and positive change. We will also focus on practical skills and cognitive/behavioral techniques to address symptoms. I also utilize hypnotherapy to deepen the treatment and achieve goals. My style is interactive and I give feedback (when wanted). My goal is to help you have a greater sense of agency in your life.


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

Pregnancy & postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety

Mindfulness - Using techniques like breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and manage day-to-day stress

Hypnotherapy - A trance-like state that helps people to more open to accepting suggestions and addressing issues like overeating, smoking, weight loss and management, fear of flying, athletic performance, sleep challenges, public speaking, and pain management

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Executive functioning skills training - Helping people increase their motivation, attention, planning, and organizational skills; providing concrete, practical strategies so people can achieve goals both at home and in the workplace.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)


Rachel Magida is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (45min)

Therapist's note

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Prospect Heights practice

34 Plaza Street East

Brooklyn, NY 11238


  • Mon 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Tue 12:30pm-8:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Midtown West practice

330 West 58th Street

Suite 502,

New York, NY 10019


  • Mon 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Tue 12:30pm-8:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2011 - Present

Mount Sinai Hospital's Adolescent Health Center, 2007 - 2011

Columbia University School of Social Work and Mailman School of Public Health, 2004 - 2007

Mount Sinai Hospital's Adolescent Health Center, 2002 - 2004