About

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 following question: In a world where people are often just defined just by what they do, how do you visualize, create, and finally live your version of a meaningful and enriching life across every single dimension of it (personal, relational, recreational, and vocational)? 

My approach is both insight-oriented and client-centered. We will focus on addressing both your immediate stressors while diving into a deeper conversation that promotes long-term insight and growth that you can take with you even after our work is over.

You may be experiencing an immediate problem bringing you distress:

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

You may also 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 cultural identity
  • Major life transitions 
  • Setting boundaries with family, partners, or friends

In either case, I believe that the process of therapy and my approach 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 and psychotherapist 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.

I also enjoy working with people in the tech industry based on my past background freelancing for telehealth tech start-ups.

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