Accepting new clients with a 2-3 week wait
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Dr. Rebeca Gonzalez-Scherman is a licensed clinical psychologist in Chelsea, New York, specializing in trauma, anxiety, and depression. She works with adults, adolescents, and couples as they navigate times of transition and change that may lead to uncertainty in relationships, career, and identity.
Dr. Scherman uses an integrative approach, drawing upon her expertise in insight-oriented and trauma-informed care. She works collaboratively with clients to understand both the immediate concerns that bring them to therapy, and the deeper, underlying beliefs that inform their thought and relationship patterns.
Dr. Scherman encourages clients to bring an open mind into the therapy room. An open mind allows clients to pay close attention to the connection between mind and body resulting in a better understanding of self and becoming more present in their daily lives. She offers sessions in both English and Spanish at her Chelsea office, conveniently located near 23rd street subway lines and crosstown bus.
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Dissociation/depersonalization – Coping with and changing the feeling of numbness or being disconnected from yourself, your feelings, your body, or even other people so that you can be more present in your life
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Identity – Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of race, culture, gender, and sexuality
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Perinatal mental health – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Race and cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, class, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origin and in the context of self-experience, relationships, and the world-at-large
Sexual and Gender Identity –Exploring sexual and gender identity issues including LGBTQ+ and trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities
Self harm – Building skills and supports to cope with emotional pain, suffering, and numbness; increasing positive meaningful life experiences
Dr. Scherman is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $300 (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $250 - $300 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Dr. Scherman can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"Finding the right person to talk to about what’s going on for you is key to feeling better. Sometimes, you don’t even realize how much it helps until you get to experience having a space just for yourself with a trained person who will help you understand yourself. It’s couargeous to reach out and it’s the most helpful thing you can do for yourself."
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)
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)
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)
Education and work experience
Clinica Hispana, Yale School of Medicine, Lecturer, 2016 - Present
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), Faculty, 2015 - Present
Private Practice, 2002 - Present
New York University - Psychoanalytic Training, 2013 - Present