Simone  LaVerne

Simone LaVerne

Licensed Psychoanalyst, LP

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, evening, daytime, & weekend appointments in Upper West Side practice (updated April 01, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • LGBTQIA topics
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Sexual harassment & assault
  • Gender identity & transgender health
  • Anxiety

Professional statement

Simone is a Licensed Psychoanalyst on the Upper West Side of Manhattan who specializes in working with members of the LGBTQIA community, gender identity, Gestalt Therapy, life transitions, relationships, mood disorders, and sexual trauma. She sees adults across the lifespan. She also loves working with people who are creative, including actors, writers, and/or are trying to balance making money and pursuing their passion.

Simone meets her clients where they are and normalizes their experience(s). Many of her clients are navigating who they are attracted to and shifting dynamics with people in their lives. She helps her clients find acceptance and build self-esteem and confidence. With extensive training in Gestalt Therapy, she focuses on a client’s needs and what is going on in their life at the current moment.

Simone has an easygoing, patient, and flexible style, which makes her easy to talk to, especially when sharing on difficult and personal subjects. Outside of private practice, she is an LGBT peer counselor supervisor and therapist at Identity House. She previously worked as a clinical therapist at Gestalt Associates Low-fee Clinic and completed an internship at Streetwork Safe Horizon. She received her LP at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy Institute and her MA from New School for Social Research. Her office is conveniently located near the 72nd. Street-Broadway subway station.

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

Sexual harassment & assault - Caring support along the pathway to safety, wellbeing, and healing for survivors of sexual abuse and assault

Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition

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

General expertise


Simone LaVerne is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $80 - $200

Therapist's note

Simone's clients pay on a scale set to accommodate what they can afford.

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Upper West Side practice

140 West 71st Street

New York, NY 10023

  • Mon 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tue 9:30am-7:30pm
  • Wed 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:30am-7:30pm
  • Fri 9:30am-6:00pm
  • Sat 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Sun 10:00am-5:00pm

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2019 - Present
Identity House, LGBT Peer Counselor Supervisor and Therapist, 2019 - Present
Gestalt Associates Low-fee Clinic, Clinic Therapist, 2014 - 2018
Streetwork Safe Horizon, Therapist Intern, 2016 - 2017
Developmental and Psychopathology Labs at 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), 2013 - 2017
New School for Social Research, MA Psychology, 2013
The Evergreen State College, BA in American Social History, 1997


  • English

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