Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime and weekend appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Artists’ mental health
Jessica Garet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Midtown, Manhattan specializing in a holistic approach to working with creative professionals and trauma survivors. As an arts enthusiast and former vocalist, Jessica has a particular interest in working with creative professionals, helping them to navigate creative blocks and unpredictable work environments and nurture their inner voice. She also sees many folks with a history of sexual abuse and assault, and is passionate about empowering survivors to regain control over their life narrative and feel grounded in the present moment.
Jessica draws upon a variety of treatment modalities, shaping her approach to each individual’s presenting concerns. She invites her clients to bring the wisdom of the body into the session, incorporating mindfulness, breathwork, and somatic experiencing to offer a well-rounded and trauma-informed approach.
Prior to private practice, Jessica gained considerable training and clinical experience in crisis management and working with college students at Pace University and New York University. Jessica continues to enjoy seeing young adults as they navigate challenges of identity and changes in their personal and professional lives. Her office in Midtown is located a short walk from Penn Station.
Artists’ mental health – Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Mindfulness – Increasing awareness, being present, identifying feelings, learning meditative tools
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
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
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
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
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
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
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
NYU Consolidated Health Plan
Initial session: $250/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $200 - $250 is to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Message to clients
"I believe the power of therapy is in its ability to restore self connection that has been interfered with by the world of experiences that have caused one pain. Life’s injuries, our innate instinct for survival, or the way we accommodate ourselves to others demands can be undone through the explorative healing work of therapy.
I believe the healing begins in returning to your wholeness and reclaiming yourself. Injury can appear and impact us in all stages of life and often individuals seek help so as to reorganize themselves during period of transitions. There is a hibernation we seek to awaken from as we look to align ourselves to a new set of circumstances and opportunities.
My work has focused on working with adults of all stages of life who are seeking more fulfillment in their identity and relationships and looking towards what else is possible for their future.
Sometimes we have to ask ourselves what is informing us: our spirit or our wounds?"
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)
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)
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
Pace University, Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Specialist, 2016 - Present
Private Practice, 2007 - Present
New York University, Crisis Response Counselor, 2006 - 2016
New York University, MSW, 2004
Adelphi University, BS, 2000