I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a trained Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
with 28 years of clinical experience. First licensed in the State of New York and now in the
State of Maine I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse population in each of
Having first been a dancer, aerialist and choreographer my private practice reflects an emphasis
on the client's capacity to be open minded and to find creative solutions to problems.
In the many years of my practice working with individuals and couples I have dealt with a
wide range of concerns such as depression, anxiety, marital relational problems, family of
origin issues, sexual, emotional and physical abuse, food and drug addiction, personality and mood disorders, and developmental life changes.
My specialty is working with severe trauma. I have worked with clients who have experienced
emotional, sexual and physical abuse in early childhood resulting in poor self esteem and
relational issues in adulthood. Also prevalent has been my work with Veterans suffering from
traumatic events (PTSD) and adjustments to civilian life. I have been a staunch advocate for Veterans assisting them in receiving their due benefits.
As an artist I am especially suited to work with visual and performing artists and have been successful
in helping artists who struggle to balance their need to create art while providing for the necessities of daily living.
Subsequent to the pandemic my practice has expanded to work with those clients suffering from
depression and anxiety related to those issues that arise from the pandemic; isolation, kids and partners being at home; schools being closed, loss of a job, the death of a loved one and the overwhelming sense of disconnection from extended family and friends.
I am told by my clients that I create a safe place where they feel comfortable to share their
innermost fears and concerns. My purpose as a therapist is to be a nonjudgemental listener to provide empathy, compassion and understanding in the therapeutic engagement.
Using different treatment modalities depending on the needs and goals of the client we
move together to meet those goals and to create a better sense of well being.
You've taken the first courageous step in reaching out and seeking help and I would
feel honored to work with you.
EDUCATION: Masters Degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University,
Certificate of completion in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Greenwich
Institute of Psychoanalytic Studies.
Veterans and PTSD
Gender Identity Issues
Marital and Interpersonal relationships
Artists creative and survival issues
Also experienced in:
LGBTQ issues, Veteran issues PTSD, Early childhood sexual, emotional and physical abuse issues, Death and Dying, Grief and Mourning, Coping with life changes and transition issues, Aging and Geriatric issues, Artists and survival issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Marital and Relationship issues, Gender Identity issues, Family Conflict issues, Family of Origin issues, Social Anxiety and Phobias, Multicultural Dynamics, Self Esteem issues, ADHD, Panic Attacks,
Career issues, Personality Disorders (Paranoid, Narcissistic, Borderline, Antisocial, Avoidant,
Dependent) End of Life issues, Eating Disorders, Addictive Disorders, Communication
Problems, Impulse-Control Issues, Young Adult issues, Women's Issues
Insight Oriented Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Client-Centered Therapy,
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy,
Existential Therapy, Dance Movement Therapy
Years of Experience: 28
LCSW: LC7171 (Expires April 30, 2023)
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
ME LCSW LC7171
Batya is extremely present and engaging. She makes you feel heard and empowered.
Written on Apr 07, 2022 after therapy with Batya for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Batya is a kind professional that listens well, gets to the point, and guides the conversations perfectly. STRONGLY recommend her.
Written on Nov 11, 2021 after therapy with Batya for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues
Batya is very easy to talk with & such a great listener. She provides great feedback & I love that she always gives me something to think about
Written on Jul 16, 2021 after therapy with Batya for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Batya is a wonderful counselor, especially if you have a creative soul. Her combined experience in therapy and the creative arts gives Batya a unique perspective which will help you unlock your creative blocks and find balance in your life.
Written on May 18, 2021 after therapy with Batya for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Incredibly good listener, very insightful and very helpful. I'd recommend her to anybody who is having any problems, or just needs somebody to talk to. Her help was invaluable and I couldn't appreciate it more.
Written on May 17, 2021 after therapy with Batya for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties
Great first session! Made me feel good after and really listened to what I said.
Written on Apr 15, 2021 after therapy with Batya for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and adhd