zocdoc2One of the hardest parts about graduating college (or trade school, or coding bootcamps, or making it to your 20s in general) for people is that it’s the last moment that you’re in a close and contained environment of peers.

After having a series of planned “landmarks” (often, many of these planned for you) like high school prom, freshmen orientation, and college graduation (with maybe some concerts and parties in between), your 20s and 30s may feel like this wide open field of unpredictability.

Friendships shift, you may feel like you still don’t have a grasp of the hows and whys of dating beyond the minefield of swipes and rapid-blocking, and you may just be generally wondering whether you’ll clock into a 9 to 5 for the next 40-45 years, or whether you’ll be able to really create your vision of the self-actualized life. You know, the life you may have invested all-nighters and five to six-figure student loans over (a challenge for many people over the past several decades, but certainly felt by the millennial generation).

This is where I think the value of accompanied self-reflection that happens in therapy comes in.

How I Work

I believe that one of the strongest change factors of psychotherapy is the ability to have a consistent working relationship, in a consistent space, once per week, that is entirely and completely devoted to you. You may be living a functional life, but I think psychotherapy should ideally challenge people with the question of “how do you visualize, create, and finally live your version of an awesome life?” How do you find connections and relationships in adulthood?

You may be experiencing an immediate problem bringing you distress:

  • A breakup
  • Work stress
  • Coming out
  • Anxiety and/or panic attacks
  • Depression

Or you may be hoping to work on longer term goals:

  • Advancing in your career
  • Pursuing a long term dream or goal
  • Wanting to feel more connected
  • Navigating issues of identity
  • Navigating life transitions
  • Setting boundaries with family, partners, or friends

In either case, I believe that the process of therapy can help you move closer to:

  • Increased self-awareness
  • Greater autonomy
  • Challenging limiting narratives about yourself
  • Having a more grounded sense of self-worth
  • Connecting more authentically to others
Raymond Batista, LCSW

My background

I’m a licensed clinical social worker in the State of New York who has been in practice since 2012. While I’ve worked with a diverse range of populations, I’ve found out that one my strengths and passions has been working with adults going through life transitions as well as increasing access to LGBT-affirmative care.

Formal Education

Fordham University
Master of Social Work, 2012
Concentration: Clinical Social Work

Marist College

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2009

Areas of Experience: Addictions/recovery, relationships/dating, career transitions, and LGBTQIA affirmative therapy, therapy for young adults.

Proud member of Lighthouse, an online directory promoting access to LGBTQ-affirming and experienced healthcare providers. 🏳️‍🌈

Raymond Batista, LCSW