• Welcome to Therapy New York

    Radical, Narrative and Meditation Therapies are based on the premise that we do the best we can under the societal structure and social conditions we are in.

  • Services

    Practice Location on the Upper West Side

    Narrative Therapy, Lara Goodman, New York Therapy

    Narrative Therapy for Individual Adults, Couples and Families

    Identifying the social and material conditions in which emotional and interpersonal life is lived enhances the context, strengthens the foundation, and informs the direction of our work.


    Families with children who suffer from 'behavior' and/or 'psychiatric' challenges are welcome. I strongly encourage parenting sessions or family therapy before seeking individualized behavioral or psychiatric interventions for children.


    I only see children if their parents and caregivers are committed to the family therapy model. TNY does not offer referrals to child psychiatrists or behaviorists

    Themed Group Therapy

    Utilizing Narrative, Radical and Meditation techniques, Group Session themes include:

    • Parenting and Family Homeostasis
    • Diagnoses and Self Esteem
    • Activism and Maintaining Social Emotional Stamina
    Duration and session lengths vary. Group sessions are offered to between two and five participants.

    Mind Training Meditation Private Counseling Sessions

    "Trying to change the world without changing our mind is like trying to clean the dirty face we see in the mirror by scrubbing the glass. However vigorously we clean it, our reflection will not improve. Only by washing our own face and combing our own unkempt hair can we alter the image. Similarly, if we want to help create conditions that foster peace and well-being in the world, we also need to reflect these qualities ourselves." 

    — Chagdude Tulku Rinpoche


    Sessions are geared toward tailoring Buddhist-derived meditation techniques to meet the particular needs of individuals and families. 30- or 60- minute sessions are offered to enhance the healing potential of psychotherapy.

    སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ཞབས་ཞུ། School Placement Support

    TNY offers pro-bono education consultations and school placement support to first generation Tibetan families in the five boroughs of New York City.


    Tutoring for the gifted and talented test, among other subjects for grades K-5 may also be facilitated.

  • Profile

    Lara Goodman, LCSW

    Fun: Legos and Biking

    Games: Chess and Three

    Books: When Nietzsche Wept; Anna Karenina; The Good Earth, A Gesture Life

    Music: Moisés Nieto; Paul Simon; Kendrick Lamar; W. Amadeus Mozart; Idina Menzel

    Watching Time: Call Me by Your Name; Avatar the Last Air Bender (animated series); David Attenborough

    Education: Rangjung Yeshe Institute; Goddard College, BA; Columbia U, MSW;

    Memberships: National Association of Social Workers, Association for Play Therapy, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy


    Psychology Today Verified


  • Information and Pricing Contract for Therapy


    Pricing- Need based sliding scale is most certainly available.  

    • Hour-long individual sessions in person or internationally by Skype -US$200
    • 90-minute family or couple sessions, in person only -$250
    • For psychological testing, fees vary based on session length and required documentation.


    Sessions may be paid for in cash, by check, or major credit card via Square.com.


    Health insurance plans accepted:

    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Cigna
    • Magnacare

    Cancellation and Make-up Sessions 

    A full session fee is charged for missed appointments or cancellations with less than 24-hour notice unless it is due to illness or emergency. A bill will be mailed via Square.com to all clients who do not show up for an appointment or cancel at the last minute.


    If more than 24 hours notice is given, every effort will be made to reschedule.


    Agreement to these terms and conditions is assumed by the decision to move forward with treatment.

    Non-Discrimination Policy

    It is the policy of Therapy New York to treat all patients whose needs can be met within the scope of practice. TNY does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.