Shani  Gardner

Shani Gardner

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Practice: Resilience Lab
New York Accepting Online
Chelsea Not Accepting In-person
Updated December 1, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Racism-related struggles
  • Grief
  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Shani is a Licensed Social Worker providing psychotherapy in Manhattan. She was born and raised in New York City, but has spent the last 10 years in Philadelphia, PA. During her time there, Shani centered her clinical work in addressing the cycle of violence that is so prevalent in the city.

Shani worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a research assistant, implementing an anti-bullying intervention throughout elementary schools in Philadelphia. Through her work and personal experiences, Shani realized that the cycle of violence that disproportionately impacted people of color was deeply rooted in generational trauma and systemic racism. This realization inspired her to dedicate her career to mitigating the toxic impact of racism and discrimination by providing quality mental health care to youth and adults of color impacted by these struggles.

Shani grounds her work in social justice, taking into account how our social positions in society are rooted in systemic oppression, which influences our experiences, mental health and relationships.

After receiving her MSW, Shani worked as a Psychotherapist providing trauma focused therapy and supportive grief counseling. Within this role, she has worked with a diverse population of clients, including children, teens, adults and families. She specializes in working with clients experiencing anxiety, grief, trauma, depression, self esteem issues, racism-related struggles, and life transitions. She is a trauma informed, anti-oppressive, relationally oriented, identity affirming therapist with an eclectic therapeutic style. She uses many interventions to best support clients’ individual needs. She has experience implementing cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, mindfulness, narrative and motivational interviewing techniques.

Due to the tremendous amount of pain, loss and emotional distress caused by current events, more people are seeking mental health services to cope. At Resilience Lab, her priority is to provide quality, supportive therapy services to anyone experiencing emotional distress. She is based in the Chelsea location, but she is only available for virtual telehealth sessions at this time.


Message to clients

Life has a way of breaking us down. Oftentimes, our past traumas, discrimination, anxiety and depression have a way of convincing us that we are weak, not good enough or that there is something wrong with us. Therapy can be a place to freely talk about how life stressors have impacted you and discover ways to cope with those stressors.

My goal as a therapist is to help you discover and enhance your strengths, while encouraging you to use them to your advantage. You are the expert in your own life and happiness; my job is to help you uncover what that means for you.

I am passionate about providing a warm, non judgmental, empathetic space for you to safely explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviors in a way that encourages growth, healing and improved quality of life. I can offer a new perspective, help build insight and find tools to help you move throughout the world.

During our time together, you will be the one leading, and I will be alongside you, providing encouragement and support through the process.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Racism-related struggles - Exploring topics of race and culture as they pertain to one's personal challenges and lived experiences

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

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Families
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • United Healthcare
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $150
  • Initial consultation: $0 (15min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week

Location(s)

Chelsea practice
116 West 23rd Street, 5th Floor, New York, New York 10011
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Resilience Lab, Clinician, 2020 - Present
Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia, Adult & Adolescent Therapist, 2019 - 2020
Hall Mercer Community Mental Health, Clinical Social Work Intern, 2018 - 2019
Mastery Charter School, School Social Work Intern, 2017 - 2018
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Research Assistant and Facilitator, 2014 - 2017

University of Pennsylvania, MSW, 2019
Temple University, BA in Psychology, 2014


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"Shani really listened to what I had to say and made me feel comfortable."
- Zencare client • November 2020
"She listened, was very understanding, and I liked her philosophy of care."
- Zencare client • October 2020
"Shani made me feel comfortable."
- Zencare client • July 2020