Risa M Mandell
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Risa M Mandell

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Pennsylvania Accepting Online
Updated November 12, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Creative blocks & writer's block
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Aging related concerns
  • Child mental health
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Parenting

Professional statement

Risa Mandell is a licensed clinical social worker who works with people across the lifespan. Her internship at New York State Psychiatric Institute in the summer between her first and second year of Hunter’s MSW program determined the direction of her career. She’s had scads of post-graduate education and continues to be an active learner demonstrated by her current enrollment in Dan Siegel’s Comprehensive Interpersonal Neurobiology course.

Risa's approach is primarily psychodynamic and holistic, that is from the inside-out and the outside-in, listening to how your story's construction is playing out in your life as well as addressing self-care and wellness.

Risa understands the overarching goals of psychotherapy as offering structural change from ossified habituated patterns, widening the sphere of psychological and behavioral choice and transforming recalcitrant wounds into compassion for one's self and others.

Outside of professional practice, Risa picks up recyclables every two feet to toss in a bin that goes heaven knows where, is an avid composter, friend of animals and our planet.

Message to clients

Hello and Welcome to my practice.

We all need to feel physically and emotionally safe at all times to flourish; this is especially important in the psychotherapeutic setting. I’m a safety first person in my life and in my practice.

Depending where you’re at, we could start with self-care: sleep, nutrition, activity or managing stress.

If you’re not feeling listened to or understood by me - Tell me. We talk about this like any other topic. Impasses and ruptures in our relationship are most useful for growth as issues become alive in the therapy. Sometimes we need to feel worse before we feel better - this is part of the working through process; painful wounds arise - dissolve - arise again - dissolve again . . . the only way out is through. During rough patches, I’ll remind you to practice self-compassion, demonstrated by your consistent self-care.

This is serious work - which doesn’t mean it can’t be playful - serious play - to reap the benefit, it's in your best interest to be in a quiet, private space where the likelihood of interruption is minimized.

Let’s consult at first to decide whether to work together -

Looking forward!


Creative blocks & writer's block - Setting goals and creating road maps to move beyond perfectionism, procrastination, and self-doubt; building self-awareness and skills to accomplish goals and fuel creativity

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

Aging related concerns - Coping with memory loss, loss of independence, and other physical and/or mental impacts of aging. May include support for family or caregivers and resource planning for changes in living situation.

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

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Risa Mandell 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: $175 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $75 - $175
  • Initial session: $200 (60min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly


Online Sessions (Pennsylvania)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-5pm
  • Tue 9am-5pm
  • Wed 9am-5pm
  • Thu 9am-1pm, 3pm-5pm
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 31 years

Oak Street Health, Behavioral Health Specialist, 2019 - 2021

Hunter College School of Social Work, MSW, 1990


Pennsylvania: CW015751