• Services

    Practice Location on the Upper West Side

    Narrative Therapy, Lara Goodman, New York Therapy

    Narrative Therapy for Individual Adults, Couples and Families

    When social dynamics become internalized in the psyche, they may lead to feelings, ideas, and behaviors that stress and distort human experience. This often causes us to act in opposition to our well being, limiting a sense of what is possible. Other internalized social dynamics may empower feelings, ideas, and behaviors that refine and enrich the human experience.


    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.


    Psychology in this case is not used as an ideology in defense of the status quo.


    To be clear, Radical, Narrative and Meditation techniques are based on the premise that we do the best we can under the societal structure and social conditions we are given.

    New York City Parenting


    Therapy is offered for parents / families of children with normative development and parents / families with children who suffer from 'behavior' and/or 'psychiatric' challenges.


    **I strongly encourage parenting sessions or family therapy before individualizing behavioral or psychiatric interventions for children.


    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 by need and availability. Group sessions are offered to between two and five participants.

    སྤྱི་ཚོགས་ཞབས་ཞུ། School Placement Support

    I offer 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.


    Please note: You may use the contact form below if you would like your name added to the waitlist for these services.

  • Profile

    Lara Goodman, LCSW

    My preferred treatment modality is narrative therapy, to which I take a Radical Approach and use in combination with meditation techniques.


    Working alongside Susan Anderson, LCSW, I have developed a specialty in abandonment trauma and recovery, further enhanced by my post graduate training in Complicated Grief Therapy.


    Children and adults of all ages are welcome.



    Goddard College, BA

    Columbia University, MSW



    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



    Treatment plans are individualized. Commitments vary between one and eight sessions per month based on need and urgency.

    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.