- Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker
Master of Arts in Social Work
I am committed to guiding my clients toward a deeper experience and understanding of themselves and their lives. I assist with the unfolding of their own natural processes of change and growth and work to foster a sense of self-acceptance and curiosity as they begin to open up to themselves more and more.
In this process of opening up, great distress and pain often accompany possibilities for connection and joy. Therefore, I find it crucial to help clients befriend the difficult places inside of themselves in the service of developing a sense of wholeness and integration.
I find that all of this lends to a way of experiencing life that is more centered, grounded, and resilient. While guiding clients in this manner, I help them to access a newfound connection to their own empowerment and choicefulness. By engaging with the utmost respect for the ways in which my clients decide to respond to and shape their lives, I help to instill in them the courage to be who they are.
I am a New Yorker by birth and upbringing, and a relatively recent transplant to the Bay Area. Before becoming a psychotherapist, I was highly considering two different career paths, music and academia. My primary instrument is piano and I love to play improvisational music and to listen to rock, blues, and jazz. My academic interests are philosophy and religion, especially Indian religion, which I studied in both undergraduate and graduate contexts. But neither music nor academia provided me with the sense of wholeness and connection that I yearned for, nor the combined utilization of my emotions and my intellect that I value so much about being a therapist. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors in the sunshine, travelling, listening to music, and getting lost in conversation.
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- Premarital Couples
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
Other Dyads (i.e. mother-daughter, siblings, friends, etc.)
- Gender Fluid or Gender Non-Conforming Individuals
Musicians, Other Creative Types, People Struggling with Existential Crises (i.e. fear of death), Persons Experiencing Life Transitions, People with Mystical Perspectives, People of South Asian Descent, Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Somatic Psychotherapy
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy, Non-Violent Communication
$120 (50-minute session for individuals); $200 (75-minute session for couples and other dyads)
$80-$120 (for 50-minute session for individuals); $140-$200 (for 75-minute session for couples and other dyads)
- Tuesday Afternoon
- Wednesday Morning
- Wednesday Afternoon
- Thursday Afternoon
- Friday Afternoon
Please call me at (917) 439-3694 and leave a message or email me at IsaacDSussman@gmail.com. If you leave a voice message, I will get back to you within 24 hours. My response time with email is slower. I will want to speak briefly with you over the phone about your needs and then set up an initial session in which we will each be able to assess whether or not it feels like a good match.
Leslie Bell, LCSW 21528