Mary Breen

Mary Breen

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments


 

Clientele

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Parents

Hours

Mon: 8:30am-7:00pm
Tue: 8:30am-7:00pm
Wed: 8:30am-7:00pm
Thu: 8:30am-7:00pm
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Loss and grief

  • Trauma

  • Emerging adult transitions

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Anxiety

  • Integrative Psychotherapy

  • Existential challenges

  • Family planning

  • Perinatal mental health


Professional statement

Mary Breen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chelsea, New York specializing in anxiety disorders including OCD, grief and loss, trauma, integrated mind-body therapy, perinatal mental health, and college mental health. The focus of her practice is in supporting adults in their 20s and 30s as they navigate formative life transitions, dating and relationship concerns, and career ambitions. She is passionate about guiding clients through this challenging period and helping them find the resilience to confidently lead their lives with purpose and passion.

Having had intensive clinical training and experience with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and perinatal grief and loss, Mary is an expert in helping women manage their emotional wellbeing around fertility concerns, during pregnancy and postpartum, and throughout the adjustment to parenthood. She is also highly skilled in working with individuals navigating trauma recovery, including survivors of sexual assault.

Mary takes a warm, interactive approach to therapy, collaboratively engaging with her clients to form a therapeutic partnership. Being certified in a variety of complementary therapeutic practices, she highlights the importance of the mind-body connection by integrating meditation, breathwork, and restorative yoga to help clients reduce stress and feel more attuned to sensations in the body. Her office in Chelsea is located nearby the 23rd Street subway station. Mary also offers remote services to English speakers living or working outside of the United States.


Specialties

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
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Emerging adult transitions – Challenges facing individuals in their 20s and 30s, including college students, graduate students, young professionals
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder); obsessive compulsive disorder
Mood disorders – Depression, dysthymia (mild depression), bipolar disorder, hormone-related mood issues, i.e. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and postpartum depression, adjustment disorder with depression
Integrative psychotherapy – A holistic approach to psychotherapy that takes into account the wholeness of the individual to tailor treatment approaches used

General expertise

Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
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
Infertility counseling – Understanding infertility interventions and solutions; support during decision-making processes; coping with fertility problems and pregnancy loss
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Perinatal mental health – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
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


Insurances

  • Consolidated Health Plans (CHP)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial/ongoing sessions: $250/session (50min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale is to be determined on a case by case basis 


Message to clients

"Therapy is a refuge for you to work through conflict, unpack painful experiences, and ultimately gain a more compassionate understanding of yourself. It is a way of discovering truth and layers of meaning together with someone who offers support, respect, and an unbiased perspective. I am a licensed psychotherapist with over a decade of experience guiding men and women towards more productive, balanced, and meaningful lives."


Treatment approaches

Acceptance 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)
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD. In ERP, the client confronts the thoughts, images, objects, and situations that makes the client anxious; then makes a choice not to act upon a compulsive behavior. With ERP a person has to make the commitment to not give in and do the compulsive behavior until they notice a drop in their anxiety. (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)
Pranayama YogaUsing specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. (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, 2016 - Present
Pace University Director of Office for Sexual Assault Education & Prevention,  2015 - 2016
New York University Counseling & Wellness Services, Crisis Response Counselor/Therapist, 2010 - 2014
Planned Parenthood of NYC, Social Worker, Sex Educator, HIV/STI Counselor, 2008 - 2011
Puerto Rican Family Institute, Therapist, 2008 - 2010

New York University, MSW 2008
University of Wisconsin, English, 2002


Languages

English


Client testimonials

Mary was very helpful and friendly. I look forward to meeting with her in person!
— Client (2018)