Rachel  Schwartz

Rachel Schwartz

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT

Accepting new clients for morning, evening, & weekend appointments in Williamsburg practice (updated December 06, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction (for self or others)
  • Codependency
  • Life Transitions
  • Psychotherapy
  • Relationships

Professional statement

Rachel Schwartz is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Music Therapist, and Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor in Brooklyn, NY who has a decade of experience in this field. Her specialties are in treating addiction (your own or in your struggle with the addiction of a loved one), psychiatric issues, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma, and issues of codependency.

Rachel has post-graduate advanced training in the Diane Austin Vocal Psychotherapy method Vocal Psychotherapy and Depth Psychology that uses the techniques of Vocal Holding™, Free Associative Singing™ and Psychodramatic Singing. She offers verbal psychotherapy and utilizes music therapy and the creative arts as a tool to assist you in your process. She has found that music helps clients access their subconscious thoughts and feelings more easily.

Rachel works both psychodynamically and psychoanalytically by helping clients gain a better understanding of who they are and how their symptoms have manifested. She and her clients also explore what triggers their anxiety, depression, and/or psychiatric issues, so that they are able to develop tools to help prepare for these triggering situations. Having run meditation groups in the past, she likes to incorporate mindfulness practices when appropriate to help clients learn how pain manifests in the body.

When working with clients an addiction, Rachel utilizes Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness and meditation practices, and music improvisation to help them find more adaptive ways to find relief. She also implements lyric analysis as well to help clients gain insight into themselves and what is at the root of the substance use issues.

Rachel’s unique treatment approach helps clients learn how to articulate their thoughts and access their most inner thoughts, even the subconscious ones. In addition to private practice, she has extensive experience working at inpatient programs. Her office in Williamsburg is located a few blocks from the Marcy Avenue subway station. She looks forward to meeting you.


Message to clients

Most of my professional work has been helping clients in acute mental health crises. I also offer clinical supervision. Call for a free consultation.


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

Addiction (for self or others) - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation.

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

Psychotherapy - Utilizing collaborative conversation to deepen awareness and understanding of one's thinking and behavior

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


General expertise


Insurance

Rachel Schwartz 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: $150 (50min)
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)

Therapist's note

Rachel 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

Williamsburg practice

141 South 5th Street

Office West #4

Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hours
  • Mon 7:15pm -8:05pm
  • Tue 8:00am-10:00am & 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Wed 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Thu 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Fri 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Sun 9:00am-12:00pm

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2019 - Present

Mount Sinai Hospital, 2010 - Present

Private Practice, 2014 - 2015

LCAT Manager MSH, 2013 - 2015

Interfaith Hospital, 2009 - 2010

NYU, 2010

Tulane University, 2007


Languages

  • English

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