Desiree Woehrle, LCSW - Therapy in Brooklyn, NY
Desiree Woehrle, LCSW - Therapy in Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn therapist specializing in adults experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties and life transitions.
 
 

Welcome to the practice of:

Desiree Woehrle, LCSW

Helping overwhelmed adults and emerging-adults challenge negative thinking and take better care of themselves so they can build happier lives personally, professionally and creatively.

 
 
 
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Is anxiety taking over your life? Does it feel like you experience emotions more intensely than others? Have you been in a rut so long that you’re not quite sure where to start? Let’s fix that! Learn to overcome overwhelm and heal emotional wounds so you can become the ideal version of yourself, living life with purpose. Some of my clients have described their progress as, “feeling happy and calm for the first time.” You deserve to feel strong and empowered!

My approach:

I am a licensed Psychotherapist and Clinical Social Worker (she/her/hers) with over a decade of experience in mental health counseling, certified in a variety of therapeutic techniques which we will use to tackle your unique challenges in a way that feels authentic for you. The optimal goal will be holistic wellness achieved through self-compassion and gently confronting unhelpful patterns. Call for a free consultation or go ahead and book an appointment below.


Practice Specialties:

i’m the perfect therapist for you if Any of these are true:

  • You feel anxious a lot of the time and have not found an effective way to deal with it.

  • You feel guilty saying no, disappointing people, even if it prevents you from taking care of yourself.

  • You identify as:

    • a Highly Sensitive Person (not sure? find out here),

    • an Empath (find out more here)

    • an Introvert or Ambivert (find out more here)

  • You have a creative goal but lack the confidence to make it a reality.

  • You work in a helping or healing profession and notice feelings of burnout and/or compassion fatigue.

  • You have or had challenging relationships with your parents, guardians, and other family members, especially during childhood.

  • Someone close to you is or has experienced addiction.

  • You are or have experienced emotional, psychological, financial, physical, sexual or verbal abuse.

  • You are having a difficult time recovering from a divorce or break-up.

  • You feel alone and wonder if you will ever find a meaningful connection with a partner.

  • You want to learn how to do better as an ally to marginalized groups by unpacking your own power and privilege.

  • You are motivated to put the work in, not just looking for a quick fix.

  • You could benefit from having an objective, non-judgmental perspective to process your current circumstances and/or current events (it’s rough out there — its not just you, I promise!).


My Experience:

I have been providing counseling services and directing mental health programs in Brooklyn, NY (born and raised!) for over a decade, most of which have been with adults living with mental health and addiction concerns. I have helped numerous clients cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, co-dependency, life transitions, self-confidence, LGBTQ+ identity and empowerment, sex positivity, body positivity, narcissistic abuse, work and school-related distress and more.

I believe that each of my clients are experts on their unique life experience and deserve a warm unconditional space of acceptance to process their thoughts and feelings. I tailor my work with each person to match the most effective treatment with their personality type and personal preference. Depending on an individual’s treatment goal, I am happy to provide more or less of a directive role in order to organize our time together, develop insights and progress towards desired results.


evidence-based therapeutic modalities Provided:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - EMDR

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - CBT

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy - DBT

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - ACT

  • Mindfulness-Based Therapy

  • Rogerian aka Person-Centered Therapy

  • Holistic Nutrition Counseling and Integrative Medicine

 
 
 

Services Available:

Individual Therapy

Individual counseling will take place in my cozy Park Slope office accessible via many forms of public transportation. I hold office hours Mondays through Thursdays. Day and evening sessions are available for both in-office and web therapy sessions.

 

Web Therapy

I provide virtual therapy through Doxy.Me, a HIPAA compliant, confidential and encrypted video platform. This has been an ideal option for individuals with a busy schedule or living in remote areas of NY and around the world.


Fee Schedule:

15 Minute New Client Consultation - Free

Initial Assessment Session - $150

Continuing Sessions (60 Minutes) - $150

Continuing Sessions (45 Minutes) - $125

Short Session (<20 minutes via phone or web) - $50


payment Options:

Therapy is not a cheap investment, albeit a wise one, especially in the long run. If you have been in the market for a therapist, you’ve probably realized the limited availability, not many in network providers, and rates higher than you might have expected. I understand how frustrating that can be. Finances should not be a barrier to mental health. Healthcare should be available to everyone. If the rates here are not affordable for you, please call (800) NYC-WELL toll free to speak to a representative who can connect you to affordable services in an area near you.

However, like many industries, you get what you pay for. Many clinics have a variety of therapists, but those workers usually have very high caseloads (75+ at times) and do not have the time or energy to fully conceptualize your needs outside of your 30-45 minute session. I’ve been that therapist! It didn’t feel very good for me or my clients. In my private practice, I am happy to provide a more flexible and personalized treatment model in which I am available to my clients in between sessions when needed via phone, text, email or secure video chat.

  1. Private Pay - Private pay may be the best option for you if you do not have insurance or if you would like more control over the frequency, duration and/or style of therapy you receive.

  2. Out of Network Benefits - Out of network benefits are benefits provided for you by your insurance company. This benefit reimburses you a certain percentage of the therapy fee (usually between 20%-80%). Apps and websites like Better (click here) are making this option easier and easier including mobile submissions and direct deposits.

  3. Health Savings Account - You may have an employer-based or individual health savings account that you use to pay for healthcare costs from a designated account which is not taxed. This can be a great way to save costs on not only therapy but other healthcare providers and expenses as well.


Why myself and so many others no longer work with insurance companies directly:

  • The role of managed care companies is to ensure basic health. In mental health, this can be illustrated by thinking of a person who meets the minimum 6 criteria for depression. Once some of those symptoms go away by ventilating ones feelings, learning new coping skills and challenging negative thinking styles, the person is no longer “meeting diagnostic criteria”. The insurance company sees continued treatment as “not medically necessary” in this case because now the person has only 4 or 5 of the symptoms related to the illness. This definition of wellness is usually not the goal of the people I work with. Feeling less depressed may be a part of it, but working on larger life issues and patterns tends to be the bulk of the work once the overwhelming feelings have subsided and the individual is able to stop living in survival mode.

  • For some, having a mental health diagnosis in their medical records is something they would like to avoid. While I am an activist in ending the stigma of mental health, I also understand that a label is not an option for some individuals depending on profession, life circumstances or personal preference. In order to use your insurance benefits even out-of-network, a diagnosis must be in place.

  • Some styles of therapy are not covered by insurance, duration of treatment is usually capped at 50 minutes per week, and sessions per year vary from 10 visits per year to ~40. For many of us, 10 sessions per year is simply not enough and puts undue pressure on both the client and therapist to “get it all done” in too short of a time period. Rushed therapy is not going to change your life.