Simone  LaVerne

Simone LaVerne


Licensed Psychoanalyst, LP Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Not Accepting Online
Chelsea Accepting In-person
Updated July 12, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • LGBTQIA topics
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Simone is a Licensed Psychoanalyst in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan who specializes in working with life transitions, trauma, and anxiety. She values the creativity in her clients, whether it's expressed in a chosen profession in the arts, or in more subtle ways of expressing oneself within relationships. She sees creativity as energy for healing and moving forward.

Simone welcomes into the room her client's lived experience. Many of her clients are navigating life transitions centered around changes in their relationships, their gender identity or sexual orientation, or some other aspect of growth and identity. Simone also works with survivors of trauma. With extensive training in Gestalt therapy, she helps her clients integrate the many different facets of their experiences and identities into a clearer sense of who they are, where life has taken them, and who they want to be.

Simone has an intuitive and flexible style. She is easy to talk to, especially when sharing difficult or personal material. Outside of private practice, she was the 2021 Clinical Director at Identity House, a peer counseling organization that works within the LGBTQIA community. She previously worked as a clinical therapist at Gestalt Associates low-fee Clinic and completed an internship at Streetwork Safe Horizon, working with adolescents, many of them LGTBQIA. She received her LP at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, and her MA in Psychology from The New School. Her office is located near the 1 train at 23rd street and 7th ave. The F, M, A, C, and E trains are all a block away. Simone asks that clients come in person whenever they can, but is open to doing virtual sessions for those who have health issues, live far away, or have some other reason they can't come in.

Message to clients

Whatever you are going through, I can offer you a safe space to work through what you are feeling, whether it be anxiety, fear, sadness, shame, or simple uncertainty. I am an intuitive presence, with a careful ear. I will tell you what it is I'm picking up, and we will work together to figure out what the next step is.


LGBTQIA topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Cigna
  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $150
  • Couples sessions: $225 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note


Chelsea practice
171 West 23rd street, 2C, New York, New York 10011
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 am to 9 pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 10 am to 9 pm
  • Thu 10 am to 9 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New York)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10 am to 9 pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 10 am to 9 pm
  • Thu 10 am to 9 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 11 years

Private Practice, 2019 - Present
Identity House, LGBT Peer Counselor Supervisor and Therapist, 2019 - Present
Identity House, Clinical Director, 2021 - 2022
Gestalt Associates Low-fee Clinic, Clinic Therapist, 2014 - 2018
Streetwork Safe Horizon, Therapist Intern, 2016 - 2017
Developmental and Psychopathology Labs at the New School, Research Assistant, 2011 - 2013
St Vincent's Hospital, Rape Crisis Counselor, 2009 - 2010

Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy Institute, Postgraduate certification as Gestalt therapist and qualifying program for license in psychoanalysis (LP), 2017
New School for Social Research, MA in Psychology, 2013
The Evergreen State College, BA in American Social History, 1997


New York: 001041



Client testimonials

"She was very intuitive. Asked pertinent questions and answered my queries with sensitivity."
- Zencare client • October 2022
"Simone called me right on time and was very friendly."
- Zencare client • October 2020