Sydney Lerner, Therapist in New York, New York — Zencare
Sydney  Lerner

Sydney Lerner

She/Her/Hers

Mental Health Counselor - Limited Permit, MHC-LP Practice: Resilience Lab
New York Accepting Online
Flatiron District Accepting In-person
Updated December 1, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Sydney collaborates with clients who feel unheard, unseen, or unloved to unpack how relational patterns connect to current life struggles or successes. She integrates narrative therapy into her sessions to give clients tools to identify the common themes, characters, and antagonists in their stories. This process allows clients to depersonalize their struggles so they can take back control of their lives.

As part of this process, Sydney helps clients find the correct language to describe their experiences, feelings, and past traumas. Separating thoughts from feelings, facts from opinions, and reframing negative self talk are all things that might come up in session.

Sydney considers herself an open-ended therapist, meaning she provides you the space to connect experiences, thoughts, and patterns stemming back from early childhood to the here and now. Occasionally, she integrates mindfulness practices into sessions to ground clients as difficult thoughts and emotions come up.


Message to clients

Storytelling can bring you out of your world and into another realm. In my practice, I use narrative therapy to more deeply engage with clients as they find their voice, deepen their self awareness, and rewrite unhelpful stories. Together, we can delve into your past, connect patterns to the problems impacting you today, and write a new story empowering you to confront challenges confidently.

Improving relationships is a cornerstone of my practice. Most of our relationship patterns—the good and the bad—are formed in early childhood. By digging into our previous experiences, we can confront unhelpful patterns, cope with challenges, and create healthier connections.

When communication challenges crop up, many of my clients tell themselves they’re the problem, they’re a bad person, or their friends all hate them. Sound familiar? If so, let’s work together to shift that self-talk and re-write your story. I welcome anything and everything into sessions, so come with your dreams, stream of consciousness, and most authentic emotions so we can confront your patterns at the source.


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

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

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

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Aetna International
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • All Savers Insurance Company
  • AllWays Health Partners (formerly Neighborhood Health)
  • Allied Benefit Systems
  • Golden Rule Insurance Company
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Humana
  • Meritain Health
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
  • Optum
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Trustmark
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Shared Services

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $75 - $150

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
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly

Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am - 8pm
  • Tue 10am - 8pm
  • Wed 10am - 8pm
  • Thu 10am - 8pm
  • Fri 10am - 4pm
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Flatiron District practice
928 Broadway, Suite 500, New York, New York 10010
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: <1 year


Northwestern University, MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2022


Licensure

New York: P115150


Languages

English