Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Licensed Massage Therapist, LMT
Registered Dance Therapist, R-DMT
Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT
Accepting new clients for daytime and weekend appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Jennifer Benetato is an integrative, mind-body-spirit oriented therapist in Flatiron, Manhattan. She specializes in trauma resolution and addiction recovery and also sees clients for depression, anxiety, pain management, and chronic illness. She is on the faculty of NYU's Silver School of Social Work and is a teaching assistant at The Upledger Institute for CranioSacral Therapy. Jen tends to see clients who have tried talk therapy in the past but have not reached a satisfactory resolution, and are seeking an integrative, holistic approach to healing.
Jennifer draws from evidence-based treatment approaches and is a trained practitioner in EMDR, Gestalt therapy, Reiki, CranioSacral therapy, and SomatoEmotional Release. Her craniosacral work combines talk therapy with hands-on techniques, designed to release tension in the mind and body. Furthermore, she is the founder of The AMBIKA Method™, a psycho-spiritual approach for personal transformation. In addition to being a a licensed clinical social worker, Jen is also a registered dance/movement therapist, licensed massage therapist, and certified yoga therapist.
Jennifer enjoys working with teenagers, young adults, college and graduate students, adults, and seniors. Her aim is to help clients recover from physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds by recognizing the strength of their minds and intelligence of their bodies. She is also licensed in Hawaii and offers remote video sessions for clients who live there.
Integrative psychotherapy – A holistic approach to psychotherapy that takes into account the wholeness of the individual to tailor treatment approaches used
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Mind-body wellness – A balance of physical, emotional and spiritual health involving changing thought patterns, nourishing the soul and challenging our bodies to impact quality of thought, self-esteem, and belief systems
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
LGBTQ and sexuality topics – Exploring questions related to sexuality and gender identity; coming out or being closeted; relationships; family and cultural challenges
Chronic pain – Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain
Transgender & gender identity topics – Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition
Jennifer is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing session: $275/session (45min)
Initial/ongoing sessions: $350/session (75min)
Therapist's note: Jennifer can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Physical and emotional pain are your brilliant body's way of signaling for help. Listen carefully and she'll show you how to heal. I'll be here to support, guide, and encourage you each step of the way. As an integrative psychotherapist and holistic bodyworker, I challenge clients to move beyond their analytical minds and empower them to awaken to their native intelligence. Blending modern psychology with the timeless wisdom of ancient healing arts, we'll clear the 'issues in your tissues' so you can be free to lead the vital, exuberant life you were put here to live.
I've synthesized my training in dance/movement therapy, massage, yoga, EMDR, gestalt therapy, reiki, meditation, herbal medicine, and more into The AMBIKA Method®, the embodied psycho-spiritual approach to wellness I've spent the past decade developing.
In addition to seeing clients privately, I also teach group therapy, trauma resolution, human behavior, and clinical diagnosis to graduate students in the Silver School of Social Work at NYU, where I received my MSW. I also regularly lecture on mind-body-spirit approaches to emotional health at seminars and conferences.
Committing to self-development is a lifelong process. I'm available for regular weekly sessions, periodic deep dives, personal retreats, mini intensives, and I offer supervision for therapists."
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)
Dance/Movement TherapyDance/movement therapy involves the use of psychotherapeutic dance and movement to improve emotional, social, cognitive, and physical health and well-being. (learn more)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (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)
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 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)
YogaUsing specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. (learn more)
Education and work experience
New York University, Adjunct Faculty, 2016 - Present
Private Practice, 2007 - Present
Collective Primary Care Serving Freelancers' Union, Behavioral Health Specialist, 2012 - 2013
New York University, MSW in Social Work, 2009
The New School, BA in Urban Studies/Affairs, 2003