Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Betsy Spanbock is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Union Square, New York. Her practice focuses on both helping clients confront daily challenges such as anxiety, depression, work stress, and life transitions, as well as taking a close look at how early experiences contribute to underlying relationship patterns and self-understanding. Her goal is to help clients learn to recognize and let go of patterns that no longer serve them in living out of the version of themselves they desire to be.
Betsy completed her Master's studies in England, granting her unique insight into the experience of international students, ex-pats, and other individuals who feel caught between two worlds.
Betsy welcomes individuals from all backgrounds into her practice, and provides a safe space to discuss issues surrounding identity and oppression. She is excited to work with individuals who are ready to take a deep dive into their inner world. Her office is conveniently located two blocks from the Union Square subway station.
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
Cross-cultural counseling – Addressing similarities and differences in thinking and behavior across different cultural and ethnic groups; tailoring therapy to one's culture and background
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Work stress – Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging relationships with coworkers and bosses
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
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
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
Personality disorders – Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges
Race and cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Weight management – Healthy approaches to weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight; promoting positive body image
Betsy is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $100 (50min)
Ongoing sessions: $250/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $125 - $250 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"The aim of psychoanalytic psychotherapy is to help the individual find ways of living more fully and joyfully. We all have obstacles to living the lives we want - some external and many due to internal blocks and fears. Through coming to know your mind and its workings better, it is possible to modify and quiet those unhelpful messages we carry with us.
I consider our project to be a collaborative one in which the consulting room becomes a safe space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, memories, wishes and worries in order to become more flexible, self-aware and loving of yourself. I offer a range of services from psychoanalysis through to coaching on specific issues.
In addition to the ordinary problems of living, I have particular interests in cultural transition, identity issues, women’s experience, and life stage transition."
Treatment approachesExistential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (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, 2006 - Present
Clinics in London and New York, Psychotherapy Provider, 1997 - 2002
Contemporary Freudian Society, Certificate in Psychoanalysis, 2008
NYU, MSW, 2006
City University - London UK, MA in Psychotherapy and Counseling, 2003