Rita  Mercante

Rita Mercante

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Not accepting new clients in Midtown practice (updated April 13, 2020)

Not accepting new clients in Garden City practice (updated April 13, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Mindfulness
  • Anger management

Professional statement

Rita Mercante is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Midtown East, Manhattan with expertise in mood and anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and borderline personality disorder (BPD). She works closely with her clients to help them develop sustainable coping skills, de-escalate distressing emotions, and become more mindful of the present moment. She is passionate about supporting clients as they manage the emotional impact of navigating major life transitions.

Rita is committed to empowering her clients to overcome self-doubt while cultivating compassion for themselves. Her approach is skills- and evidence-based, rooted in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Rita welcomes young adults, adults, and parents to her practice, where she is excited to help them explore their emotions and work toward practical goals. Her office is located two blocks from the Lexington Avenue 53rd Street subway station.

Message to clients

Coming in for therapy is giving yourself a priceless gift. Sitting in the presence of someone you can trust, in a safe, nonjudgmental environment can help to uncover many aspects of yourself that may be interfering with living your best life. Being able to share your deepest though and feelings will allow healing, recovery and growth.


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 through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Bipolar disorder - Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine

Personality disorders - Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges

Mindfulness - Bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment

Anger management - Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Initial session: $150 (60min)


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Midtown practice

280 Madison Avenue

Suite 1204

New York, NY 10016

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 1:30pm-9:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Garden City practice

520 Franklin Avenue

Suite 210

Garden City, NY 11530

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 1:30pm-9:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 8:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2010 - Present

Zucker Hillside Hospital-Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Department, Psychotherapist and DBT Therapist, 2001 - Present

Adelphi University Derner Institute of Advamced Psychological Studies, MA, Mental Health Counseling


  • English

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