Rachel Light, LCSW, CASAC

Rachel Light

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, CASAC

Not accepting new clients; find available Flatiron therapists here



Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)


Mon: 9:00am-11:00am
Tue: 9:00am-11:00am
Wed: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Thu: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Substance use

  • Relationships

  • Perinatal mental health

  • Existential challenges / crises

Professional statement

Rachel Light is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor in the Flatiron district. She specializes in anxiety, depression, work stress, substance use, and relationships. Having accrued considerable experience in an outpatient addiction clinic, Rachel has deep expertise in supporting individuals with substance use challenges, while also paying close attention to the difficult thoughts and emotions that lie beneath the surface. She works collaboratively with each client to build alternative coping skills and make gentle progress towards recovery.

In her private practice, Rachel utilizes multiple evidence-based therapeutic approaches, tailoring her style to meet the needs of each individual client. She draws from skills-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in order to support clients in making longlasting behavioral changes. She is passionate about creating a warm, non-judgmental environment, conducive to helping uncover the unique strengths of each individual and promote personal growth.

Rachel sees teenagers, young adults, college students, adults, and parents. She also has a special interest in supporting women navigating the transition to parenthood, particularly those experiencing peripartum mood and anxiety challenges. Her office is conveniently accessible by the East 23rd Street and 28th Street subway stations.


Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
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
Perinatal mental health – Anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns specific to childbearing women and their families; Navigating complex emotions and the transition to parenthood during pregnancy and the postpartum period

General expertise

Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging, calorie counting, body image concerns
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)


Rachel is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial/ongoing sessions: $200/session (45min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $150 - $200 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Therapist's note: Rachel can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.

Message to clients

"As a social worker, I believe in the concept of self-efficacy and each individual's potential for personal development. I will bring hope and kindness to each interaction with you, and offer a judgement-free space to help you explore yourself and your life goals."

Treatment approaches

Acceptance 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. (learn more)
Cognitive 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)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (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. (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, 2016 - Present
New York Center for Living, 2015 - Present
Carmichael Psychology, 2013 - 2014
Realization Center, 2009 - 2013

New York University, MSW, 2009
New York University, BA, 2004