Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Offers remote video sessions
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Women’s life transitions
Loss and grief
Marital issues (pre, current, post)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Jennifer Abcug is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in Lincoln Square, Manhattan. Her expertise is working with women during times of transition, such as life during and after college, relationship goals, and pregnancy and parenthood. She also specializes in loss and grief and sees clients struggling with issues around chronic illnesses.
Jennifer has a fierce interest in helping women find their voice and takes an integrative approach to treatment, utilizing elements of both skills-based and insight-oriented therapies. Recognizing that raising one’s awareness is the first step toward change, she focuses on each client’s individual narrative as a way to assist them in identifying both adaptive and maladaptive patterns through which they approach transition.
Jennifer is excited to help clients access their innate resiliency in order to move forward during challenging times. Her practice is a convenient 5 minute walk from Lincoln Center.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Communication – Assistance with being more effective in relationships with their partners, their families and their co-workers. Using more effective methods of communication to convey their needs and respond to others in all types of situations
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
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
Women’s issues – Finding one's voice as a woman; letting go of shame; self-care and healing
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Divorce and separation – Questioning or feeling unsatisfied in your relationship; contemplation and navigation of separation; addressing issues of power, voice, and communication challenges
Premarital counseling – Providing a safe and neutral environment for couples to explore expectations and prepare for the rewards and challenges of marriage
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
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
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Jennifer is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $150 (45min)
Ongoing sessions: $150/session (50min)
Therapist's note: Jennifer can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company and submit claims if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“I’m so glad you’re here. This is often the most challenging step so give yourself some love for showing up. We already have something in common—our humanity. Let’s start there, with no judgments and an open heart. Everyone has a story and I’m interested in hearing yours.”
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences.
Cognitive 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)
Existential 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)
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)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (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, 2011 - Present
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1998 - 2005, 2009 - 2011
New York University, MSW, 1998
Brandeis University, BA, 1993