Therapists Specializing in Identity Development in New York

Our identity can change and develop throughout life. For many of us, our ideas of who we are and what we believe constantly evolve over the years. Defining your own beliefs, lifestyle, and sense of self can be exciting, but it’s natural to experience some uncertainty or discomfort in the process too. Although identity development is most commonly associated with adolescence, challenges can arise at any time, especially during major life transitions or other times of change.

Therapy can help us better understand ourselves, feel more confident in who we are, and improve our ability to make sense of our world. A therapist might focus on clarifying values to guide your actions through acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) or develop your thoughts and core beliefs through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Some therapists also provide existential therapy, a philosophically-rooted approach that focuses on meaning, freedom, connection, and mortality.

As numerous therapeutic modalities can help with identity development, it can be beneficial to discuss the options with one of the therapists in New York below who specialize in this area. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Kim Franka Maria Meijer

Kim Franka Maria Meijer

Online Sessions, NY

220 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 10001

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

At the heart of my work is my collaboration with others to develop a valued, meaningful life. A life that is lived with integrity, curiosity, joy and meaningful relationships with others and self. There is no life without experiencing pain and loss. As we work together we learn to embrace our suffering as well as fully experience our joy and happiness.

It is my belief that the therapeutic relationship is sacred and instrumental to the healing process. As we work together I cultivate openness, curiosity, and warmth--meeting you where you are. Each individual has the potential to heal and experience freedom. My role is to support and guide this sacred process in a trusting and safe environment. As Rumi said “The wound is the place where the Light enters you”. I will be your ally as we uncover and heal your wounds and blockages, unstick repetitive patterns, set up healthy boundaries, navigate new territories, and realize one’s potential.


Abbe  Horsburgh

Abbe Horsburgh

276 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY, 11968

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $90 - $150 per session

Therapy with me is a place where healing and positive change can happen. If you’re like most people I see, you seek therapy because of a problem. And indeed, the solving of the problem, or coping with it, is the focus of the treatment. But things can be more complex than they seem at first, and coming to talk to someone can be, in a way, the beginning of a journey of exploration. In this journey, I will be by your side and on your side.

If you are a parent, I'll bring the right mix of empathy, advice, understanding and guidance to help you in your job. I am not an early childhood expert (I'm happy to refer you to one) but a family therapist specializing in parenting teens and improving parents' relationships with adult children.

My style is to be engaged, pro-active, creative. Sometimes I look at my therapy as life coaching. Goals are an essential part of the therapy process, and I will help you find the tools to achieve them. It’s common to find yourself at a stage or point in life where things are challenging, and you don’t have the confidence and motivation to move forward in a positive direction. At times like these, I’ll collaborate with you. I want to empower you, and will push you when I think you are ready. Sometimes I’ll push you right out of therapy, and this is a good thing. :)


Jennifer Nicole Nathan

Jennifer Nicole Nathan

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $170 per session

Are you feeling stressed, frustrated, sad or worried? Are you or a family member struggling with relationships or low self-esteem? You are not alone. Stress of the past or present can become overwhelming. Our problems can keep us from experiencing joy, success, fulfillment and connection to loved ones. But I believe no matter how stuck or out of control you may feel, healing and growth are always possible.


Emily  Rubin

Emily Rubin

160 Broadway, New York, NY, 10038

Online Sessions, NY

Insurances: Aetna, Cigna, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO), Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

I believe in the collaborative process of therapy, and work to build a safe, supportive environment for client’s to process their stressors, deeper traumas or insecurities, and explore aspects of future opportunities. I want clients to look forward to sessions without concerns around judgement or right and wrong, and use the space as practice for wherever their journey is going.


Tia  Orraca Jimenez

Tia Orraca Jimenez

Online Sessions, NY

Insurances: Cigna, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO), United Healthcare, FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), United Healthcare Student Health Plan, New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $140 - $150 per session

At our first visit, we’ll discuss your present and past in great detail, including the concerns that prompted you to seek treatment. Based on our conversation, I will offer initial impressions and recommendations for our work together. Together, we will gain a deeper understanding of the ways your mind works, cultivate better coping strategies, recognize areas in your life where you can begin to take back control from habitual behaviors, and start you on a path to better health and functioning, all while exploring the deeper, less conscious influences on your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. You’ll also receive homework, morning practices, and tools to use between sessions to deepen the work and to appease the parts of us that want the process to feel tangible and productive.


Ira  Bindman

Ira Bindman

175 East 96th Street, New York, NY, 10128

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

I offer a nonjudgemental, supportive therapeutic approach that respects your sense of self and helps you examine the challenges you’ve come to deal with and help you find solutions to those issues.


Gina  Della Penna

Gina Della Penna

500 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY, 11530

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 per session

I strive to create a space where you feel heard, understood and supported every week. I invite you to reach out to me so that we can talk about collaborating together to create the change you’re looking for.


Drew Lynn Rabidoux

Drew Lynn Rabidoux

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $300 per session

Relationships are hard. When clients come to me they typically feel frustrated, lost, and that life has not turned out the way they wanted it to. Typically clients wonder what they did wrong to be so unhappy in relationships and think they have bad luck at love. These clients have tried everything and just don't know what else to do. They are ready and motivated to make changes but need someone to help them.

I understand how frustrating and isolating this can be. My clients often find that after working with me, they develop tools to use in the times they are outside of our sessions. They are more aware of patterns that are holding them back and they know when they are engaging in them with more clarity. Many of my clients go on to have more fulfilling relationships and feel more satisfied with their lives.

Married women who see me often feel that they are able to identify where the problems are in their relationship with greater ease. They focus on themselves and find that their marriage automatically flourishes as a result or it becomes more clear the direction they need to take.


Ruann  Ibrahim

Ruann Ibrahim

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $150 per session

Wherever you are in your life’s journey, you don’t have to go through it alone. It can be challenging to understand why we are going through a difficulty in our life, but more importantly, it can be difficult to identify our own needs during these times. As a trained Art Therapist, I utilize talk therapy along with creative self-expression. I work from an intersectional and social justice framework, and as a female therapist of color I am committed to validating personal experiences and intersections of identity including race, ethnicity, and gender. It is my hope to help you connect to your inner self, to find and discover creative resources within you to help you cope and authentically express yourself.


Water & Stone

Water & Stone

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $200 per session

Welcome to Water & Stone!

As the founding director, I (Emery) am looking forward to speaking with you so we can find the best option in offering you support during this time in your life. We specialize in working with women, the lgbtqia+ community, trauma, anxiety, and grief just to mention a few. I personally speak with you during your initial complimentary phone call, so we can discuss what you are looking for and the questions you might have as we find a way to take a step forward that feels confortable to you.

We are a group practice that focuses on a mindfulness based, contemplative approach when it comes to supporting your mental health and wellness. Each professional therapist is adept in both traditional talk therapy and an area of creative arts therapy, so you have options to choose from as we find the right therapist for you.

One of my main goals at Water & Stone is to ensure you are with the person who can best help you with an approach that feels good and supportive. You need to have a good connection with your therapist to get the most out of this experience, so we are flexible and will work with you to help make sure you have the right fit.


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