Rachel  Watson
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Rachel Watson


Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Practice: Balanced Mind Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Updated November 15, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Professional statement

Rachel Watson is a Psychotherapist who specializes in management of Personality Disorders, Complex Trauma and Related Disorders, Anxiety, Depression and Life Transitions. Rachel primarily works with adults ages 18-40. Rachel practices Eclectic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and also practices Psychotherapy informed by concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Rachel uses a variety of techniques to foster post-traumatic growth, assist clients with increasing self-esteem, and assist clients with development of effective coping skills. Rachel will help you uncover and explore root causes of behavioral patterns, and challenge limiting beliefs. Rachel approaches therapy through a trauma-informed lens, and defines her role as both a supporter and accountability partner. Rachel takes a person-centered and collaborative approach.

Rachel additionally has experience working in community mental health care settings, working directly with clients who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence and Addiction. Rachel completed her Master's Degree in Social Work at New York University. Rachel provides therapy solely online at this time, via a secure telehealth platform. Rachel provides teletherapy across New York State, and has flexible scheduling availability.

Message to clients

Beginning therapy can be a challenge, and finding a therapist who is the right fit for you may be an additional challenge. I believe that because every person is different, a variety of treatment approaches are needed to best serve each client. The goal of our intake session is to begin building a strong supportive connection, and zero in on key areas of focus during your experience. My approach with you will be person-centered and individualized based on your needs.

Therapy will be a collaborative experience, and my role is to be a supportive guide who will provide an active listening space, and ask open-ended questions with intent to evoke deeper thought and help you to uncover root causes of current behavioral patterns. I also focus on provision of psychoeducation and coping skill development.

I believe that therapy outcomes are measured by consistent engagement, establishment of tangible goals, and a strong therapeutic connection. My goal is to guide, support, motivate and empower you. My hope is to foster forward movement and post-traumatic growth through our work together.


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

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

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

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Borderline personality disorder - Increasing insight into relational patterns and destructive behaviors; development of coping strategies for uncomfortable emotions or situations; skills for emotional identification and regulation.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past


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


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (53min)
  • Sliding scale: $120 - $150


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 10am-8pm
  • Tue 10am-8pm
  • Wed 10am-8pm
  • Thu 10am-8pm
  • Fri 9am-2pm
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 3 years

New York University, MSW, 2020


New York: 110034