Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for daytime, evening, and weekend appointments
Offers teletherapy to clients living in NY and MA
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Monica White is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who offers teletherapy to clients living in NY or MA and specializes in working with college/graduate students and young professionals in these areas: anxiety, stress management, career counseling, communication challenges, relationships, and self-esteem. She also does coaching-based work with clients using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques. She really enjoys helping individuals improve their quality of life by learning how to be their authentic selves through building their self-esteem, building social skills, etc. Many of her clients are high functioning but do not know how to approach the world of mental health and are working through specific challenges.
Monica utilizes an eclectic treatment approach that takes into account an individual’s needs and goals. She provides validation and does a lot of skill building that teaches clients how to create boundaries and how to be more assertive. Through the use of ACT, Monica’s clients learn that decision-making should not by how others are making them feel but through their values. For example, if someone’s value is for stability, they want to make choices related to that. Her sessions are collaborative and interactive, and she does role-playing exercises when appropriate to help her clients gain a better understanding of how their choices impact the quality of their relationships.
As a trained yoga teacher and founder of an active tennis group, Monica frequently incorporates grounding and mindfulness-based techniques to teach her clients exercises they can utilize for self-care and increased awareness. She also helps her clients find ways to have control over the joy and gratitude they encounter on a day-to-day basis. For clients who need more support, Monica has a strong network of providers she can refer them to.
Monica is friendly and warm, and she strives to create a space where clients can learn how to utilize their voice to live the life they deserve. She wants each of her clients to leave feeling more empowered to take control of their lives. She looks forward to meeting you.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Communication issues – Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships with partners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Intimacy challenges – Difficulty building and maintaining close interpersonal relationships, avoiding feelings of vulnerability within one's close relationships
Sports psychology – Navigating mental roadblocks to physical goals; optimizing personal and team performances
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Initial/ongoing sessions: $120/session (60min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $106 - $120 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: If you receive health insurance through another company, you may have “out-of-network mental health" benefits that cover some percentage of the cost. Monica can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company. Payment is due at the time of the session, and she will give you a monthly bill to submit to your insurance company, who will then send you a check directly.
Message to clients
“It’s healthy to want to have a career and life that you love. I'll help you find your own personal brand of values to make choices and decisions that will help you accomplish your major life goals. We can look at the experiences in your life that are causing you to feel indecisive and stuck. And together, we will create a realistic plan of action that feels right for you.”
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.
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Cognitive processing therapy is a type of trauma-focused psychotherapy that seeks to challenge and modify individuals' beliefs related to trauma. It helps individuals identify upsetting thoughts and empowers them with skills to address their thoughts in a healthier way. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (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.
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.
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2018 - Present