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.
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
Risa Mandell is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 31 years
Oak Street Health, Behavioral Health Specialist, 2019 - 2021
Hunter College School of Social Work, MSW, 1990