Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Tue: 8:00am-2:00pm; 5:00pm-8:30pm
Wed: 7:30am-11:30am; 1:00pm-8:30pm
Thu: 8:00am-10:00am; 1:00pm-8:30pm
Specialties & expertise
Social and emotional isolation
Body image and eating concerns
Meris Powell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greenwich Village who works with individuals and couples, helping clients develop a sense of worth and purpose while coping with uncertainty, change, and loss. She is a flexible thinker who brings humor and curiosity to her work. Meris has particular expertise in relationship issues, workplace challenges, various types of anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar disorder. Clients often come to Meris’s office when they feel they are not achieving their full potential in relationships or their careers.
Meris also helps clients find ways to deal with social situations, including pressures to drink and use drugs.
Meris is an active, collaborative therapist. Her treatment approaches include insight-oriented therapy, supportive therapy, psychoeducation and some cognitive behavioral techniques. These approaches effectively engage and inform individuals and couples as they grapple with short-term and longer-term issues.
Meris is the co-editor of From the Heart: Men and Women Write Their Private Thoughts About Their Married Lives, Henry Holt and Company, 1994. She is also a contributor to diagnostic and depression research.
Relationships – Recognizing patterns, improving satisfaction, putting your needs into words, improving your listening and negotiating skills -- with friends, families, colleagues and bosses and partners. Setting goals, dealing with intimacy, family planning, infertility and infidelity; assessing separation or breakup options
Identity – Digging into the unique context of one's race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, family and cultural background to achieve self-understanding; getting to know who you are now and why, getting clearer about who you want to be
Anxiety – Social anxiety, obsessive thinking, generalized anxiety, panic. Skills, including meditation and mindfulness, to regulate emotions, shift attention, deal with negative feelings, modulate your physical response
Procrastination – Identifying stressors and ties to perfectionism, structuring and managing time, learning self-management habits
Career – Setting and managing career goals so they accord with your values and talents; recognizing your talents; executive coaching with targeted support around important meetings and events
Social and emotional isolation – Exploring issues related to isolating and escaping, whether in the past or in the present; diagnosing and managing depression
Body image and eating concerns – Using psychodynamics and psychoeducation to help clients become aware of how unconscious biases may undermine the best intentions; supporting the development of healthy habits
Academic issues – Adjusting to college or graduate school, academic requirements and lifestyle, structuring time, getting sufficient sleep, making deadlines
Bipolar disorders – Learning about symptoms, getting to know one’s not-manicky and not-depressed self, learning ways to stabilize mood, reduce mood swings
Depression – Dealing with symptoms and ways of thinking that get in the way of feeling motivated and satisfied; learning to create and follow routines, including improving sleep; getting comfortable with going out
Couples counseling – Helping partners see themselves as well as each other more clearly; providing feedback on how partners talk with each other; improving listening and negotiating skills with couples of all gender and sexual identities
Existential challenges / crises – Supporting interest in and curiosity about the meanings of existence; finding one’s own path and one's own voice
Parenting – Helping parents and parents-to-be understand and support their children while coping with their own issues and expectations as they arise
Weight management – Looking at weight management as an aspect of wellness, fitness and planning strategies.
Career counseling – Helping to identify strengths, areas of expertise and passion during a job transition or search
Meris is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $250 (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Meris can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Most of us are used to keeping our thoughts and feelings to ourselves, but talk therapy works. Talk therapy can help you change the way you think and feel about your life. It can provide structure and meaning, reduce anxiety, raise mood, lead to self-awareness and improve relationships. Let's talk."
Treatment approachesInsight-oriented therapy
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, nearly 20 years
Research, 1999 - 2009
New York University, MSW
University of California Los Angeles, MA,
Vassar College, BA