Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics
Transgender & gender identity topics
Aram Jibilian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chelsea, NY who has expertise in working with clients during times of change, when questions about who they are and what they really want may emerge. He specializes in working with career changers, people experiencing uncertainty in their relationships, as well as individuals questioning their gender identity or navigating a gender transition.
Aram Jibilian works with both individuals and couples, and enjoys helping clients process how life changes and maladaptive coping mechanisms such as eating or substance challenges impact their relationships. He utilizes an insight-oriented approach to increase self-awareness and strengthen healthy connections while decreasing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and relationship conflict.
Aram is dedicated to anti-oppressive and a client-centered healing approach, and provides a safe and accepting space for clients of all gender, sexual, and cultural identities into his practice. His goal is to help clients better understand themselves and their relationship patterns, while empowering them with the strategies to work towards the future they desire.
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 through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Sexual compulsion – Coping with overwhelming sexual urges and impulses, such as excessive sexual fantasies or masturbation; developing alternative ways to reduce stress and alleviate suffering
Relationship conflicts – Exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Transgender & gender identity topics – Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition
Academic issues – Addressing underperformance in coursework, school avoidance, and procrastination
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Compulsive behaviors – Coping with overwhelming urges and impulses, such as hair pulling or skin picking; developing alternative ways to reduce stress and alleviate suffering
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Substance use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Aram is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing individual sessions: $175/session (45min)
Initial/ongoing couples sessions: $225/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $150-$175 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Aram can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"My first goal in working with individuals and couples is to provide a non-judgmental, accepting and affirming space. Through our unique therapeutic alliance, you will develop awareness around the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that have perhaps made life feel unmanageable. We will develop strategies based on various modalities which have proven to be successful in bringing positive change. Together we will create a picture of what a meaningful life looks like for you and we will work together to manifest it into reality."
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (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)
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, 2017 - Present
Jewish Board Family and Community Services, 2016 - Present
Brooklyn Learning Center, 2016 - 2017
Covanant House, 2014 - 2016
White Institute, IPPP Certification, 2018
Hunter College, Masters of Social Work, 2013
New York University, Master of Arts, 2000
University of California, Los Angeles, BA, 1995