Susan  Blum

Susan Blum

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments (updated November 13, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Quarter-life crisis
  • Trauma
  • Recovery and codependency
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Susan Blum is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose practice is in Manhattan, in close proximity to Chelsea, Midtown, Midtown West, and Koreatown. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as helping clients navigate issues in their personal relationships and careers. Susan also works with clients who are actively concerned, or curious, about personal substance use issues, as well as those who are adult children of alcoholics (ACOA).

In sessions, Susan tailors her approach based on the personality and needs of each client. Though she works predominantly from a psychodynamic framework, she also incorporates elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) when beneficial. This blended approach means she is skilled at not only using genuine compassion to help clients identify and challenge unhelpful patterns, but also at recommending skill-based tactics and tools to spur positive change.

Susan is dedicated to helping each client develop a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of their goals, their values, and themselves. Her office is easily accessible from Penn Station and Herald Square, as well as the 1, 2, 3, A, B, C, D, E, F, M, N, Q, R, and W subway lines.


Message to clients

I believe that the best opportunities for my clients to connect with themselves in new ways arise when I connect with them with empathy, interest, and active engagement. I don't provide "the answers" for my clients. Instead, answers emerge through the work we do together. We’ll build a partnership to help you understand yourself better, accept yourself more, and feel stronger to pursue your life goals and desires.


Specialties

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

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

Quarter-life crisis - Helping individuals learn strategies to overcome school and work-related stress, addressing uncertainties in one's future

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

Recovery and codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect


General expertise


Insurance

Susan Blum is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna

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


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (45min)

Therapist's note

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


Location(s)

Manhattan practice

345 7th Avenue

Suite 1601

New York, NY 10001

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

Work and Education

NYU School of Social Work, Master of Social Work - 2005

NYU School of Social Work, Post-Master’s Certificate in Clinical Approaches to the Addictions - 2006

Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - 2008

Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, Trauma Treatment Program - 2008

The Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, Certificate in Relational Psychotherapy - 2010-2014

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies, Psychotherapy Integration Program, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Analytic Therapists - 2018-2019


Languages

  • English

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