Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Juris Doctor, JD
Accepting new clients for morning and daytime appointments
Specialties & expertise
Unhealthy relationship patterns
Mimi Spiro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a certified psychoanalyst in Greenwich Village, NY, specializing in working through relationship challenges, such as unhealthy patterns in intimate, family, friendship and/or work relationships, difficulty attaching or remaining attached in relationships, feeling unsatisfied in one’s relationships, and communication breakdowns. She helps to identify how one’s past relational experiences may inform present expectations and choices in current relationships. She also works with issues of self-esteem, shame and perfectionism that may keep people from finding their own voice to make choices that feel authentic for them. She believes that part of healing often involves managing one’s own inner critic and changing old narratives, while also harnessing the strengths that have helped through difficult times.
Mimi treats individuals and couples who are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed through many life transitions, including career changes, marriage, divorce, fertility issues, pregnancy, and postpartum anxiety and depression. She particularly specializes in healing from a split where there has been infidelity, deception or emotional abuse. She also treats trauma from sexual assault, incest and abuse.
In addition to four years of rigorous psychoanalytic training at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies Training Institute, she is also a former lawyer and a trained divorce mediator. Outside of her private practice, she is a program codirector and teacher at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies Training Institute where she also serves on the training committee.
Recognizing the complexity and uniqueness of each individual, she takes a tailored approach to each person she sees, bringing empathy, humor and a nonjudgmental stance to her sessions as well.
Divorce – Navigating challenges of divorce, particularly when there has been infidelity, deception, or abuse
Trauma – Including dealing with sexual assault/abuse, childhood trauma (past incest, physical or emotional abuse or neglect), and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Grief counseling – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing he emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Infertility counseling – Experience working with infertility and pregnancy loss, including the emotional impact of undergoing fertility medication
LGBTQ and sexuality topics – Exploring questions related to sexuality and gender identity; coming out or being closeted; relationships; family and cultural challenges
Perinatal mental health – Anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns specific to childbearing women and their families, including: peripartum and postpartum depression and anxiety; and, navigating complex emotions, the shift in identity and the transition to parenthood during pregnancy and the postpartum period
Mimi is not in-network with any insurance.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing individual sessions: $250/session (45min)
Initial/ongoing couples sessions: $300/session (60min)
Therapist's note: Mimi can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I do my best to make the room safe and I bring empathy, humor and a non-judgmental attitude to explore whatever issues you bring to me. I believe that the complexity of being human cannot be reduced to a cluster of symptoms or a diagnosis, so treatment should be tailored to your individual needs. With that in mind, I work collaboratively with you to meet the treatment goals that we set together."
Treatment approachesRelational PsychoanalysisRelational psychoanalysis is a branch of psychoanalytic therapy, rooted in expand their ability to connect with others while moving beyond negative, self-impeding thoughts about relationships. (learn more)
Intersubjective Self PsychologyIntersubjective self psychology highlights the role that empathy has in the therapeutic role between therapist and client. It stresses the importance that empathy has in uncovering the client's challenges to move beyond obstacles toward healing. (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)
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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2002 - Present
National Institute for the Psychotherapies Training Institute, Co-Director, License Qualifying Program, Faculty and Training Committee Member, 2015 Present
Public Non-Profit and Private Legal Sectors, Attorney and Litigator, 1995 - 2000
National Institute for the Psychotherapies Training Institute, Certificate in Psychoanalysis, 2006
New York University School of Social Work, MSW, 2002
New York Peace Institute, Divorce Mediation Training, 2016
New York University School of Law, JD, 1995
Brandeis University, BA, 1991