Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for morning appointments
Offers remote video sessions
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Therapist’s note: Ruschelle can refer you to other providers in her practice who are available after 5pm.
Specialties & expertise
Ruschelle Khanna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and founder of the group practice Ruschelle Khanna and Associates in Downtown and Midtown Manhattan. With over twenty years of clinical experience, Ruschelle works with busy executives, entrepreneurs and creative individuals to live their best lives. She is passionate about helping clients from all backgrounds work towards mental and physical wellness.
Ruschelle's sessions are interactive, creative, and goal-oriented. She utilizes a combination of skill-based and experiential therapies, including hypnotherapy, dance yoga and Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping), to help clients manage overwhelming emotions and reconnect to their inner mind and body.
Ruschelle's commitment to providing Lyme-literate therapy offers unique insight into the challenge of navigating a complex medical system and illness, as well as the toll it can take on relationships, daily functioning, and sense of self. She is dedicated to helping clients regain balance and connection, and reinvest in the life they want to lead.
Compassionate and insightful, Ruschelle strives to create an individualized treatment plan for each client. In addition to her downtown office, Ruschelle also offers the convenience of remote video sessions. She graduated from Columbia University with a Master's in Social Work.
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 through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Lyme disease – Dealing with a diagnosis of Lyme disease, adjusting to a new normal, impact on family, advocacy with medical team, creating a safe space to process feelings
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
Work stress – Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging relationships with coworkers and bosses
Anger management – Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
Bipolar disorder – Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
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
Personality disorders – Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges
Race and cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Caregiver stress – Feeling overwhelmed, isolated and tired related to caring for a loved one. Difficulty relaxing, poor sleep, losing interest in activities you used to enjoy.
Compulsive behavior – Includes nail biting and hair pulling/trichotillomania (recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out body hair)
Divorce – Navigating challenges of divorce, particularly when there has been infidelity, deception, or abuse
Family issues – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Medical professionals' mental health – Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of burnout, hierarchical pressures, and vicarious trauma
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated'
Perinatal mental health – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Ruschelle is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $250 (50min)
Ongoing sessions: $200/session (50min)
Sliding scale: Ruschelle does not offer a sliding scale, but other clinicians at her group practice, Ruschelle Khanna and Associates, do.
Therapist's note: Ruschelle can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“The relationship between you and your therapist is the most important indicator of success. Contact me today to see if we are a good fit.”
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. (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)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
HypnotherapyHypnotherapy is guided hypnosis, or a trance-like state of focus and concentration achieved with the help of a clinical hypnotherapist.
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (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 Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (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)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Sensorimotor TherapySensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered approach that aims to treat the somatic symptoms of unresolved trauma. Traumatic experiences may become trapped deep within the body, and therapists trained in this modality can help an individual begin to heal by helping that person re-experience, in a safe environment, the physical sensations associated with a traumatic event. (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)
YogaUsing specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Ruschelle Khanna & Associates, Founder
Fibromyalgia Summit, Founder
Institute for Family Health
Columbia University, MSW
New York University, SIFI Certification