POONAM MELWANI, Licensed Clinical Social Worker


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I am an experience clinician treating anxiety, depression, and trauma. I also have experience with couples counseling and interpersonal relationships

Depression can seem scary and lonely. Anxiety may prevent you from having new experiences. Your past trauma may be impacting your ability to trust others. It may be hard for you to convey your emotions or thoughts. My goal is to help individuals not fear past experiences and current emotional states but rather learn from them. Struggling with mental health can be isolating and I would like to provide you with a nonjudgmental, safe-space to help you overcome your struggles while learning tools to help you grow and heal. I also have experience helping couples to communicate more effectively and reestablish intimacy.

I am certified as a trauma specialist and practice Trauma-Focused CBT. I am also trained in CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Gottman's Method Couples, and Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy. My ultimate goal is to help provide tools to clients so they can manage their daily stressors and symptoms utilizing their support systems and healthy coping skills.

Utilizing a warm, non-judgmental, and safe space, clients are able to share their innermost struggles while being supported. I like to empower clients by helping them process their emotions, identify their strengths, and learn from their experiences. Let us not fear our emotions or thoughts but rather understand and learn from them.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Career
  • Depression
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Fertility, Pregnancy & Postpartum
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Men's Issues
  • Pet Loss
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Race-Based Traumatic Stress (RBTS)
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Identity
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • Asian
  • Biracial
  • Black
  • Health At Every Size (HAES)
  • Hispanic Or Latino
  • Immigrants
  • Lgbtqia+
  • Trauma Survivors

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$135.00 - $200.00
Sliding Scale
Pay By
Paypal, Venmo, Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Insurance Plans Accepted
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services
Out Of Network
Self-Pay Only
United Healthcare

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, CUNY