Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Chronic illness
- Existential challenges / crises
Dr. Rachel Bilgrei is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in the village in Manhattan specializing in anxiety, chronic illness, depression, existential crises, relationships, and trauma. She sees a diverse range of patients from young adults to seniors, with a special interest in young adults in their 20s and 30s. Dr. Bilgrei supports young professionals who are looking to develop more meaningful, fulfilling relationships, navigate formative life transitions (graduating, entering the work force), develop their personal identity, and invest in their overall wellbeing and quality of life.
Dr. Bilgrei draws from a psychoanalytic philosophy and incorporates elements of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness practices, and supportive therapy. She takes a mind-body approach, using techniques to enhance the mind’s positive impact on the body.
Dr. Bilgrei received her PsyD from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and her Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from New York University. Before starting her own private practice, she worked as a Senior Psychologist at The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Medical Center, where she gained extensive clinical experience helping clients manage chronic pain, brain injuries, vestibular disorders, and trauma.
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
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
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Pain management – Managing pain at work, e.g. Carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
LGBTQ and sexuality topics – Exploring questions related to sexuality and gender identity; coming out or being closeted; relationships; family and cultural challenges
Dr. Bilgrei is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Initial/ongoing sessions: $240/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Dr. Bilgrei can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"It can be hard to ask for help, especially when you feel sad or anxious, lonely or struggling in a relationship, confused, overwhelmed, or insecure. Commonly, these feelings interfere with life, with accomplishing career goals or being satisfied in relationships. Maybe you have trouble motivating, or you're preoccupied with worry, or you're withdrawing from social activities that you normally enjoy. Perhaps you find yourself stuck, repeating the same old patterns, never achieving what you really want. Feelings are an inevitable part of human existence. But you don't need to be suffering.
I can help. I can help you feel less anxious and more confident. I can help you re-evaluate how you think and how that influences what you feel and how you behave. I can help you break down the barriers to achieving your goals.
I work collaboratively to increase your understanding and acceptance of who you are. We will explore how past experiences shape and influence the present, with the goal of creating a bright and hopeful future. Using a mind-body approach, I will help you manage your fears, anxieties, anger and sadness."
Treatment approachesCognitive 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)
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)
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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2002 - Present
National Institute for the Psychotherapies, Clinical Supervisor, 2016 - Present
Rusk Institute for Rehabitation Medicine, Senior Psychologist & Clinical Instructor, 2001 - 2009
New York University, Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, 2015
Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, PsyD, 2001
Washington University, BA 1996