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         Welcome to Dr. Yuko's Practice:
A Compassionate Psychologist in NYC for Anxiety and Relationship Issues 

In New York City, life's pressures are relentless. You strive for success but often feel not quite good enough. In relationships, you give your heart, yet feel utterly drained, receiving very little in return. 

Transforming Anxiety: Guidance from a New York City Psychologist

Feeling not good enough, despite hard work and achievements, is common in NYC. We'll dive into these feelings. Together, we'll unravel the underlying emotions beneath your anxiety, self-doubts, and pressures. It's more than coping; it's about transforming anxiety into strength and resilience.


Read more about Anxiety Therapy in NYC HERE.

Heal Your Relationships with a Psychologist in NYC


Relationships with partners, friends, colleagues, or family should uplift you. Feeling drained or lost in one-sided, over-helping relationship patterns? Let's work on balance and self-alignment. It's about healthier connections with others, and most importantly, with yourself!


Read more about Relationship Therapy in NYC, click HERE

Meet Dr. Yuko: Your Compassionate Psychologist in NYC

I'm Yuko, a clinical psychologist in NYC, helping people like you with anxiety and relationship issues. Together, we'll turn your anxiety into strength and reshape your relationship patterns into sources of joy. 

My Approach: Holistic, Mind-Body AEDP Psychotherapy

With over 15 years in the field, my approach involves body-mind, emotion and relationship focused psychotherapy called AEDP. We'll explore your emotions and relationship patterns for deep, long-lasting holistic healing.

A Warm, Gentle, and Effective Journey

Clients often describe their therapy experience with me as comforting, empowering, and surprisingly filled with moments of laughter. I'll be right there with you as we work towards a life of greater authenticity, self-compassion, and joy!

What Therapy Involves:

  • Initial session: The path to healing and growth begins from the very first moment we connect. Our initial session is not a factual review of your history; it's a live, working session from the start. In our initial session, we'll start by focusing on the present moment, embracing the here and now.

  • Regular Sessions: Engage in focused 45 or 60-minute sessions, typically scheduled weekly. This consistency is key to maintaining momentum towards your goals.

  • Active Engagement: As your therapist, I combine warmth with an active stance, going beyond passive listening. I actively guide you to work on specific targets, whether it's a particular emotion that's difficult to stay with or a relational experience involving yourself and/or others. Simply reporting events often does not lead to change. 🙂

  • Experience Heals: In therapy, you're encouraged to fully engage with your emotions and bodily sensations. This experiential approach is a powerful healing tool that fosters new, transformative experiences.

  • Relationship Heals: The therapeutic relationship between us is crucial. You know you; I know therapy. Together, we work as a team, using our relationship to understand and heal your patterns in relationships.

You'll Graduate from Therapy When…

  • Emotional Mastery: You treat your emotions as if they're your good friends, rather than pushing them away.

  • Self-Love: You have a solid sense of self-love, embracing yourself with kindness and compassion.

  • Healthy Boundaries: You can easily set boundaries without guilt or second thoughts.

  • Fulfilling Relationships: You create and nurture relationships that are mutually enriching, satisfying, and enlivening.

  • Self-Alignment: You achieve alignment with all aspects of yourself. You live a more integrated and authentic life.

  • Inner Peace: You feel inherently good enough and at peace with yourself, free from shame or guilt. You no longer battle inside, wondering if you are good enough.

Start Your New Chapter with a Compassionate Psychologist in NYC

If you're navigating anxiety and relationship issues in NYC and seeking deeper fulfillment in your relationships, let's explore if we're a good fit!


Schedule a free consultation with me today and embark on a journey to a life that's more aligned, authentic, and joyously yours! 😄

If you're interested in learning more about my practice and how we can work together, please visit the Appointment/Fee page.

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  • What is the average cost for a session with mental health professionals in NYC?
    The cost of mental health services in New York City can vary depending on the type of professional you choose. On average, sessions with a psychiatrist tend to be the highest, averaging around $400 per session. Psychologists typically charge an average of $250 per session, followed by social workers at $200 per session, and mental health counselors at approximately $150 per session. It's essential to keep in mind that these are "average" figures, and individual rates may vary based on the therapist's experience, location within the city, and specific services offered. Additionally, therapists who undergo intensive post-graduation training, are certified in a particular model of therapy as therapist, supervisor, trainer, or faculty, tend to charge more. Many therapists also offer sliding scale fees or accept insurance, so it's a good idea to inquire about payment options during your initial consultation.
  • What's the difference between psychiatrist and psychologist?
    Psychologists and psychiatrists are both mental health professionals, but they have different approaches to treatment and qualifications. Psychologists typically hold a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in psychology and focus on providing talk therapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, and groups. They often use various therapeutic techniques to help clients manage and overcome emotional and psychological issues. On the other hand, psychiatrists are medical doctors (M.D. or D.O.) who specialize in mental health. They can prescribe medication and offer a range of medical treatments for mental health conditions. While some psychiatrists also provide therapy, their primary role is often medication management. In summary, the main distinction lies in their approach: psychologists primarily provide therapy and counseling, while psychiatrists are medical professionals who can prescribe medication and offer a broader range of medical treatments for mental health conditions. Depending on your specific needs, you may choose one or both types of professionals to address your mental health concerns.
  • What's the difference between therapy and counseling?
    Counseling and therapy are two terms often used interchangeably, but they do have distinct differences. Both are forms of mental health support, but they vary in their focus, duration, and goals. Counseling is typically a shorter-term process that aims to address specific issues or immediate concerns. It often focuses on practical problem-solving, skill-building, and coping strategies. Counseling is well-suited for individuals dealing with specific life challenges, such as relationship issues, grief, or career transitions. It tends to be more solution-focused and goal-oriented. Therapy, on the other hand, is a broader and more comprehensive approach to addressing emotional and psychological issues. It can be long-term and explores the deeper underlying causes of emotional distress or mental health conditions. Therapy delves into the past, patterns of behavior, and thought processes to promote self-awareness, healing, and personal growth. It's beneficial for individuals with complex or chronic mental health concerns like depression, anxiety disorders, or trauma. In summary, counseling is often shorter-term and solution-focused, while therapy is a more in-depth and long-term exploration of underlying issues. The choice between counseling and therapy depends on your specific needs and goals, and a mental health professional can help determine which approach is most appropriate for you!
  • Do you take my insurance?
    Yes and no. While I am not an 'in-network provider,' if your insurance plan offers out-of-network benefits, typically associated with PPO plans, you can submit superbills for reimbursement. In order for you to find out your reimbursement rates, it's best to refer to your insurance booklet or information in your portal, or call them directly. When you call, you can inquire about the reimbursement rates for the CPT code 90834 (45 minutes) or 90837 (60 minutes). Here are some helpful questions to ask when you call your insurance company: Do I have out-of-network benefits for psychotherapy? Do I have a deductible? How much is it? What percentage of my bill will be covered after my deductible is met? What is the insurance company’s usual and customary fee for CPT codes 90834 (45 minutes session) or 90837 (60 minutes session)? Helpful Tips for Potential Patients: Verify if your insurance plan includes out-of-network mental health coverage. Keep your insurance booklet or online portal information handy for reference. When calling your insurance company, be prepared to ask about specific CPT codes, as cited above, for accurate rate information. As of January 16, 2024, I have opted out of Medicare and will no longer accept Medicare or Medigap insurance, so Medicare beneficiaries will need to consider this when seeking services. If you are looking for a therapist who is in-network with your insurance, you can utilize healthcare-focused search platforms like ZocDoc, Headway, or Alma ( These platforms can help you find in-network therapists who accept your insurance and provide services that match your needs.
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