Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Offers remote video sessions
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Performing artists in transition
Amy Wilder is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an office in the Upper West Side of New York. Having received specialized training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, she is an expert in trauma recovery. Amy works with adults to help them heal from low self-esteem, damaging relationship patterns, and the negative self-beliefs that can result from difficult childhood experiences, such as neglect, domestic violence or sexual abuse, and/or adult traumas such as sexual assault. She takes special care in helping her clients restore their sense of stability and find their inner resilience.
In addition to her expertise in trauma, Amy is passionate about supporting social service professionals through the work they do as well as professional dancers and other performing artists in transitions. Drawing from personal and professional experience, she understands the challenges creative professionals face in navigating career transitions, body image concerns, and the other challenges inherent in the life of a creative/performing arts professional.
Amy utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as mindfulness techniques to holistically treat the body and mind. She is excited to help clients restore their sense of balance and live life more authentically. Her office is located steps away from the 86th Street subway station.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); panic attacks
Mindfulness – Increasing awareness, being present, identifying feelings, learning meditative tools
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or frightening events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing accidents, natural disasters, or sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
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
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Religious issues – Resolving conflicts between personal values, choices, and religion; addressing religious tensions within families; connecting religious traditions and practice with daily living; exploring a new relationship with religion and spirituality
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Spirituality – Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Amy is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $200/session (55min)
Sliding scale: A lower sliding scale of $150 - $200 is offered primarily (though not exclusively) to arts and social service professionals, based on individual situations and slot availability.
Therapist's note: Amy can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“Even resilient people need some help sometimes when dealing with situations and stress that can feel overwhelming. I'm here to walk alongside you and help you rediscover your own resilience, help you gain clarity with life transitions, and offer tools to help you stabilize your relationship with your authentic self.”
Treatment approachesEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private practice, Therapist, 2011 - Present
The Actors Fund, Clinical Social Worker, The Dancers’ Resource & The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, 2009 - 2016
The Interdependence Project Meditation Teacher Training, 2014
The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, Staff Therapist, Trauma Division, 2009-2011
The West Side Federation of Senior & Supportive Housing, Social Worker, 2005 - 2009
The Center for Family Life “Lifelines” Community Arts Project, Social Worker, 2004 - 2005
Hunter College School of Social Work, MSW, 2004
New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, BA, 2001
American Ballet Theatre, Dancer, 1985 - 1998