Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Tue: 9:00am-5:00pm (Chelsea)
Wed: 9:00am-5:00pm (Williamsburg)
Fri: 9:00am-5:00pm (Chelsea)
Specialties & expertise
College mental health
Star Sawyer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Chelsea and Williamsburg neighborhoods of New York City. For the past decade, she has worked with students and young professionals navigating a range of challenges including work and school-related stress and anxiety, adjusting to a new environment, relationships and dating, self-esteem, and family conflicts.
Star gently guides each client in developing a greater understanding of themselves and increasing their capacity to fully engage in the world. She primarily uses relational and insight-oriented techniques, helping clients to better recognize their relationship patterns and the experiences that influence their self-knowledge. Star also draws upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other behavioral approaches to support clients in developing coping and emotional self-regulation skills.
Star's style is warm, direct and supportive. She received her Master's in Social Work from New York University in 2007 and completed training at the Ackerman Institute, enabling her to work effectively with clients who have complicated family histories. She welcomes adults of all ages and backgrounds into her practice.
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
College mental health – Support navigating work and school-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of changes in relationship and location
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Family issues – Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress
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
Academic issues – Addressing underperformance in coursework, school avoidance, and procrastination
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Women's mental health – Counseling for challenges women face including infertility, career management, women's health, parenting, and postpartum depression
Star is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $200 (60min)
Ongoing sessions: $150/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"Whether this is your first time looking for a therapist, or you have been in therapy before, finding the right fit is important. My style is engaging, warm and supportive. I look to provide a safe space for you to express yourself, while also implementing the right amount of collaboration and intervention to help you make the changes you are looking for."
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)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (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)
Strength-Based TherapyThrough strength-based therapy, the positive aspects of a client's character are highlighted rather than his or her weaknesses. It encourages patients to cultivate their interests, identify their strengths, and build upon them to reach goals and establish resilience. (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, 2017 - Present
Catholic Charities, 2016 - 2017
Good Shepherd Services, 2007 - 2013
New York University, MSW, 2007
Mount Holyoke College, BA, 1998