Last updated: 12/9/2019

Risa Giordano, LCSW (646) 872-7456
Last Updated: 12/9/2019
Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Psychotherapist
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Years of Experience: 33

Gender: Female

Languages Spoken or
Translation Services:


NY - LCSW [R044522-1]

Credentials and Certifications:
Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABECSW)
Board Certified Diplomate (BCD)
Certified Social Worker (CSW)
Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW)
Social Worker, Licensed Clinical (LCSW)

Do you work harder than anyone you know, yet 'at the end of  the day' do you look for ways to soothe the ragged edges of your disappointments; sensing you are not being true to your real self?   Do you yearn to feel vibrant in your creative endeavors?  If you are confused, conflicted and weary of "one size fits all" solutions to whatever your challenges are,  I offer an opportunity for you to co-create a more personalized plan.  There are many creative ways to evolve 😊  

We would collaborate to uncover, address and help you resolve your concerns utilizing a unique blend of experiential, creative arts and talk therapies and customized scheduling.  You would have the option to incorporate  a quarterly workshop in addition to individual psychotherapy.  

We would work together to create an approach to identifying "what needs to move" in your life to relieve, revive and empower you to effectively address circumstance(s) that trouble you. Often people find their upbringing was influenced by family styles, for example: member(s) of your family of origin drank alcohol or used drugs/medication, food, sex, money (debt, gambling, withholding), working or outside activities from the home in ways that troubled you.  

Family styles leave a powerful imprint and may be impacting your ability to shape your actions towards living the life you want now.  I specialize in also helping you identify and work through any historical family experiences and styles that are in your way today. These can affect relationships in all areas of your life; including vocational, creative and financial aspirations, your physical health and overall well-being.

Deciding to start Psychotherapy is a very difficult decision. Currently my practice is full, when I have openings in my schedule,  I hope we are able to meet and work together so that you can feel the relief that following through on asking for and getting professional help can provide. You can call me for a free phone discussion so you can ask questions and share what seems helpful to you to determine whether you'd like to make an appointment to come in person.  I provide ample time in first in office appointments for further questions and for you to share in depth about your experiences, needs and hopes.

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Gateway To Change
New York, NY 10022  

(646) 872-7456

Contact: Risa Giordano

Office Hours:
Mon: N/A
Tue: N/A
Wed: By appointment
Thu: By appointment
Fri: By appointment
Sat: By appointment
Sun: By appointment
Not accepting new clients as of 7/5/2018

Response Time to Call:
Weekdays: 2 Days
Weekends: 2 Days

Access by Public Transportation
Telephone Counseling
Weekend Office Hours

Problems Served
Focusing on:
Career/Employment Concerns Education/Personal Development Family Issues Grief/Loss Interpersonal Relationships Life Transitions Stress
Also serving:

Treatment Methods and Approaches
Theoretical approaches - focus areas:
Coaching Cognitive/Behavioral Dream Work or Analysis Expressive Therapy Long-Term Psycho-Educational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Psychodrama Relational Transactional Analysis (TA) Vocational Counseling/Rehabilitation
Other theoretical approaches:

Methods - focus areas:
Educational or Psycho-Educational Group Individual
Other methods:

Populations Served (focus areas are bold)
Age groups:
Adults (26-59)

Specific populations:
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)

Religious and Multi-cultural Experience (focus areas are bold)
Religious experience:
Christian Jewish
Multi-cultural experience:
African-American Caribbean Haitian Irish Italian
Professional Associations
Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Fees and Payment Options
Individual: $300+
Couples: N/A
Group: $300+
Family: N/A

Sliding Scale: No

Accept Credit Card: No

Free Services:


Finding Your Personal Power Workshop
Experiential Creative Arts, Psychodrama and Gestalt Therapies used to help participants resolve relationship, vocational and personal issues.
Group Focus: Interpersonal Relationships
Life Transitions
Education/Personal Development
Group Status:
Group Type:
Member Age: Adults (26-59)
Member Gender:
Location: Between Lexington & Third Aves
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (646) 872-7456
Meeting Time: From 10:00AM to 7:30PM
Meeting Frequency: Every 26 weeks on Saturday

Gateway to Change
Helping people understand why change is difficult to start and uphold. Use of psychodrama, experiential and creative arts therapies.
Group Focus: Stress
Family Dysfunction
Group Status:
Group Type:
Member Age: Adults (26-59)
Member Gender:
Location: Between Lexington & Third Aves
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (646) 872-7456
Meeting Time: From 10:00AM to 7:30PM
Meeting Frequency: Every 26 weeks on Saturday