Risa Mandell, Therapist in Pennsylvania — Zencare
Risa M Mandell
Zencare Vetted

Risa M Mandell


Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Pennsylvania Accepting Online
Updated September 2, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Creative blocks & writer's block
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Parenting
  • Clinical supervision

Professional statement

Risa Mandell is a licensed clinical social worker in Pennsylvania, working exclusively online. 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.

Risa's listens closely to her client and to the themes that course through their speech. She works with her client's concerns regarding their relationship to their thoughts, to their feelings, to their body and to the people in their life. Risa understands the overarching goals of psychotherapy are to loosen unwanted, ossified patterns, which results in a widened sphere of psychological and behavioral choice and to transform recalcitrant wounds into compassion for yourself and all beings.

Outside of professional practice, Risa practices zazen, engages with ecocentric communities, composts avidly, volunteers at a wildlife rehab center, befriends our planet and picks up recyclable litter to toss in a bin that goes heaven knows where.

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.

It takes courage to begin a psychotherapy journey; I'll help you to feel safe as we collaboratively engage in this journey. Are you in your 20s or 30s and trying to figure out your direction? Perhaps you're trying to sort things out, feel stuck, are going through a life transition or are challenged by your child's behavior; I'm a trained play therapist and can help you to strengthen your relationship with your child.

Let’s consult at first to decide whether to work together. We can talk about and adjust my fee as needed.


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

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

Clinical supervision - Offering professional supervision services for clinicians


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • 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

  • Individual 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-5pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 32 years

Oak Street Health, Behavioral Health Specialist, 2019 - 2021

National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, matriculated, 1995
Hunter College School of Social Work, MSW, 1990


Pennsylvania: CW015751