Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, or evening appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Eating disorders
- Life transitions
Lillian Rishty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Midtown Manhattan with expertise in anxiety, depression, relationships, disordered eating, life transitions, and self-esteem. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in clients of all ages, including generalized anxiety, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Lillian is passionate about helping clients develop anxiety management skills that facilitate productive changes and de-escalate distressing feelings.
Lillian’s style is eclectic and individually tailored to each client. She draws upon elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), in which she has received extensive training, as well as supportive therapy. She particularly enjoys working with young adult clients, providing highly individualized care to people navigating general life stressors in their 20s and 30s.
With an emphasis on trust and comfort, Lillian is committed to building a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients to share their experiences, identify self-limiting behaviors, and overcome challenges to lead more fulfilling lives. Her office is conveniently located a short walk from Herald Square.
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
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Eating disorders – Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
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
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Lillian is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Initial /ongoing sessions: $140/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Lillian can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"With the proper support and guidance, therapy helps you cultivate your strengths, regain control, learn ways to overcome challenges, enrich your life, and take steps toward a more fulfilling future. I can help you identify patterns in your life, gain a clearer understanding of your life experiences, and create positive relationships and productive behavior change. I received my Master's at Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work. In the past I've worked with children, parents and adolescents in schools, pediatric offices and outpatient rehab settings.
My specialty areas include anxiety, depression, life stress, eating disorders, ADHD, and interpersonal and relationship difficulties. I take an active and empathetic approach to psychotherapy by establishing mutually agreed upon therapeutic goals with my clients and providing a comfortable space to explore, discuss, and be heard.
My therapy style is based on the specific needs of each client. If you're looking for support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're simply ready to move in a new direction, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals."
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. (learn more)
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)
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)
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
NYC Therapy Group, 2018 - Present
Douglas Psychotherapy, 2017 - Present
Chinese-American Planning Council, 2017 - 2018
Sephardic Bikur Holim Mental Health Clinic, 2014 - 2018
Henry Hasson, M.D., 2014 - 2017
Evolve JCP Art Therapist, 2015 - 2016
Yeshiva of Flatbush High School, 2013 - 2014
Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work, 2012 - 2014
Yeshiva University Stern College for Women, 2008 - 2012