Shira  Lahav

Shira Lahav

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT Licensed Psychoanalyst, LP Registered Drama Therapist, RDT
Murray Hill Accepting In-person
Updated October 20, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Couples counseling
  • Perinatal mental health

Professional statement

Shira Hon-Lahav is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist practicing in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. Shira’s background is in drama therapy, and she sees clients of all ages. Shira describes her approach as dynamic, and she frequently includes components of psychoanalysis and relational therapy, combining her clinical skills in both talk therapy and creative therapy. Her specialties include working with clients on public speaking anxiety, and her style is comforting and non-judgmental.

Shira studied theater for many years, and integrates this background into her therapeutic work. Using a psychodynamic approach, Shira works with her clients to uncover the source of their anxiety and to encourage their reflection and self-awareness. In addition to her work with individuals, Shira is passionate about working with couples and families.

Shira graduated with a Master of Arts in Drama Therapy from New York University and completed advanced training in Psychoanalytic Therapy from the Institute of Expressive Analysis (IEA). Outside of her private practice, she is the founder of Therapeutic Alliance and co-founder of Embodied Minds, where she coaches clients on public speaking and facilitates workshops on overcoming stage fright and public speaking anxiety.

Message to clients

Therapy is the process of uncovering the multiplayers that make you who you are. In sessions you learn to understand your patterns of behavior, feelings and motivations.


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

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

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Perinatal mental health - Coping with persistent feelings of sadness, exhaustion, and/or being overwhelmed after the birth of a child; developing strategies for more positive thought patterns and behaviors


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents


  • DavidShield

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $250
  • Sliding scale: $180 - $250

Therapist's note

Shira can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Murray Hill practice
240 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private practice, 10+ years