Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Specialties & expertise
Perinatal mental health
Meira Cohen-Hansford is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greenwich Village, New York with expertise in mindfulness, relationships, anxiety, depression, postpartum mood disorders, and parenting support. Coming from a strong background in trauma work, a particular focus of her practice is in trauma recovery. She takes a collaborative approach to help ground clients and guide them beyond deeply rooted emotional challenges at a comfortable pace. She also has a special interest in perinatal mental health and facilitates a group with expecting and new parents.
Depending on the client’s needs, Meira employs various treatment modalities including psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). Her approach is holistically integrated with elements of mindfulness, breathwork, and meditation.
Meira takes special care in developing an open, supportive relationship with each client, offering action-oriented feedback to promote positive change. Her practice is conveniently located by the 8th Street subway station.
Mindfulness – Bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
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
Perinatal mental health – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Initial/ongoing sessions: $180/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $125 - $180 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Meira can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"You’ve taken the first step toward healing and well-being by seeking out a therapist. Together we will explore your thoughts, feelings and behavior without judgment in order to better understand how to create the changes you want in yourself and in your life. My approach includes traditional talk therapy as well as experiential modalities that help you develop a mind-body connection. I’m also a long time practitioner of mindfulness and yoga and trained to utilize them in our work. I’ve had extensive training and experience working with trauma, as well as anxiety, relationships, postpartum and parenting."
Treatment approachesAccelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) AEDP focuses on the in-depth processing of trauma and emotional difficulties to encourage the formation of new, transformative, positive experiences. AEDP acknowledges the inner strength of each individual by activating the adaptive change process and building a strong emotional relationship with the client. (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)
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)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (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, 2012 - Present
Jewish Board Family Children’s Service, 2008 - 2011
Hunter School of Social Work, 2008