Anna Zelig

Anna Zelig

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments



Children (0 - 12)
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Seniors (65+)


Mon: 8:30am-12:30pm
Tue: 5:30pm-9:00pm
Wed: 4:00pm-9:00pm
Thu: 8:30am-12:30pm
Fri: 8:30am-6:00pm 
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Couples counseling

  • Family issues

  • Life transitions

  • Grief and loss

  • Working with children and adolescents

  • Parenting

  • Chronic illness

  • Relationships

Professional statement

Anna Zelig is a licensed clinical social worker on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The majority of her clients are individuals, couples, and families working through relationship challenges or family conflict.

Anna deeply believes that happiness is defined by social support. She is passionate about helping clients navigate how to get enjoyment, satisfaction, and enrichment from their relationships. Anna’s work often involves rebuilding a connection after a rupture and includes working with clients through trauma, loss, divorce, or a medical illness. She also sees clients with anxiety and depression.

In addition to her private practice, Anna is a therapist at Octave. She has over eight years of experience working in a hospital, helping children and families navigate the psychosocial impacts of illness. Anna graduated with her master’s in social work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and completed an extensive post-graduate training program at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Her office is located near the 86th Street Lexington Avenue subway station.


Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Family issues – Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress
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
Working with children and adolescents – Behavioral challenges at school and/or home, academic stress, family and peer conflicts, struggles with identity, depression
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

General expertise

Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
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
Perinatal mental health – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others


Anna is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial/ongoing sessions: $200/session (45min)

  • Couples sessions: $225/session

Sliding scale: Finances should never keep you from getting the support you need. Anna can offer a sliding scale of $125 - $200 to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Therapist's note: Anna can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.

Message to clients

“Healthy relationships in which we feel connected and understood are one of the most important determinants of happiness, but navigating and maintaining these types of relationships can be challenging. From a collaborative and strength-based approach, I work with individuals, couples and families to enrich and deepen their connections to those who matter most. Utilizing my extensive post-graduate training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, I work from a relational approach to strengthen and clarify relationships between couples and family members. I focus on resolving issues related to breakdowns in communication and life transitions including marriage, separation/divorce, illness, loss, pregnancy and the birth of a new child. I believe that through therapy, ruptures can be repaired, and couples and families can navigate tumultuous times with greater ease and grace, leading to greater intimacy and connection.

With compassion and empathy, I practice with the philosophy that people make positive change when they feel empowered, hopeful, and understood by the people closest to them. I look forward to working with you, and helping you find greater meaning and richness in your relationships.”

Treatment approaches

Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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)
Strength-Based TherapyThrough strength-based therapy, the positive aspects of a client's character are highlighted rather than his or her weaknesses. It encourages patients to cultivate their interests, identify their strengths, and build upon them to reach goals and establish resilience. (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)
Narrative TherapyNarrative therapy uses stories to connect an individual to their broader context, by exploring dominant stories and alternative stories; dominant plots and alternative plots; events being linked together over time that have implications for past, present and future actions. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to change their relationship with problems in their lives by rewriting narratives. (learn more)

Education and work experience

Octave, 2019 - Present
Private Practice,
2017 - Present
Mount Sinai Hospital, 2010 - 2019

Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work, MSW, 2009
Washington University in St. Louis, BA, 2008