Accepting new clients with a 2-3 week wait
1. NYC office
2. NJ office
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Perinatal mental health
Pregnancy, postpartum, and reproductive counseling
Dr. Jacqueline Mesnik is a clinical psychologist with offices in Union Square, NY and Millburn, NJ. She has deep expertise in working with adolescent and young adult clients during times of transition when challenges such as anxiety, depression, and negative body image and disordered eating arise. She also welcomes many women struggling with fertility and new mothers into her practice, and provides compassionate support throughout pregnancy and postpartum.
Dr. Mesnik is passionate about creating an individually tailored treatment plan to fit each client's needs. She practices skill-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness, while also helping clients gain new insight into their underlying beliefs about themselves.
Dr. Mesnik is licensed in both New York and New Jersey, and has worked extensively with adolescents and young adults struggling with anxiety related to family conflicts, peer relationships, and school. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in 2001, completed her postdoctoral fellowship at NYU Counseling Center, and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Adolescent mental health – Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on anxiety related to family conflicts, peer relationships, and school stress
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
Eating disorders – Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Infertility counseling – Understanding infertility interventions and solutions; support during decision-making processes; coping with fertility problems and pregnancy loss
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Perinatal mental health – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Weight management – Healthy approaches to weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight; promoting positive body image
NYU Consolidated Health Plan
NY: $250/session (45min)
NJ: $235/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $200 - $250 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"Building a trusting relationship is the foundation of successful therapy. Regardless of the approach taken, the most important factors in therapy are safety, empathy and connection. I am an integrative therapist taking a developmental approach to understanding current difficulties while emphasizing concrete, practical steps that patients can take while building a greater awareness of their emotional worlds."
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 Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2009 - Present
NYU Counseling Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship in College Mental Health, 2008 - 2009
Postpartum Support International in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Certificate, 2018
Fairleigh Dickinson University, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2008