Therapist of the Month

September 2019

Jennifer Silvershein, LCSW

Jennifer Silvershein, LCSW

25 West 26th Street

New York, NY 10010

Office 407


Tell us about your practice.

Manhattan Wellness is a boutique psychotherapy practice located in Flatiron, specializing in treating young professionals experiencing a wide range of issues, most commonly self-esteem, dating and overall well being.

We are committed to collaborating with our clients to raise their confidence and upgrade their lives. We believe in being real, getting to the root of the issue, and taking action in order to make the changes our clients want to see in their lives. We empower our clients so that they can identify ways to push the boundaries of their comfort zones and design the life they’ve always wanted.

What made you decide to open your own business?

My dream was always to work as a private practice therapist, but I never imagined that I would have been able to start my own practice as quickly as I did. Growing up, I knew that I wanted to be my own boss, which would enable me to create a life full of balance. I spent many years working for somebody else’s private practice and began to notice different rules and expectations that did not allow me to do my job as authentically as I wanted. I kept telling myself that I hadn’t “paid my dues” and that I did not know enough to run a private practice until I gave myself permission to be the expert and create the rules.

In Danny Meyer’s book, Setting the Table, he shares a phrase where he asks himself before starting any new business venture, “who made the rules that…” and then he fills in the blank. When I asked myself this question about private practice, I recognized that no one person has set concrete rules about how to run a private practice. I had the ability to build a private practice based the on standards and principles that felt most authentic to me. I wanted to do things differently – I wanted to create a niche space that did not exist, to genuinely connect with my clients, and to empower other young female providers to function within a workspace that encourages them to grow and push the boundaries.

What has been the most challenging aspect of building your business?

Taking risks has been my largest challenge in the first years of business. I have always been a risk averse individual who favors stability. By starting my practice, as well as hiring associates to work alongside me, has led me to challenge my fear of taking the risk. I began to do research surrounding what other successful providers have done and started searching for my own evidence to support the risks I wanted to take. Over the past year, I’ve learned that taking risks would enable me to achieve more than I could have ever imagined, and as long as I allow the needs of my business to inform the risks that I’m taking, I know that everything will work out.

What has been the most rewarding part of building your business?

Having the opportunity to become the expert and reconnect with my authentic truth has been such a treat. So often I encourage my clients to be the expert in their own life, but I never realized how often I second guessed myself. By creating a culture based on authenticity, I can be my most genuine self with my clients and have become a better therapist. I have the ability to identify something missing within my business or within the therapeutic wellness space in New York City, and allow myself to brainstorm how I can meet that need and this is truly a gift.

How has Private Practice Studio helped you in achieving your business goals?

Liz empowered me to take the risks and become the expert. During our calls, I would brainstorm ideas and look for her to sift through them and give permission for me to try something new. She quickly put the onus onto me, as the owner of my practice, to decide which ideas and decisions would be best to execute. She is constantly available for a quick “touch up” when I need a sounding board, and continues to encourage me to keep moving ahead in building my dream practice.

Anything else you would like us to know?

Although working up the courage to start your own private practice can seem daunting, the first step is letting yourself dream about what this would look like. I encourage anyone who considers the idea of starting any business to carve out time, find a comfy chair, and begin to outline anything that comes to mind. Allowing your brain to spill all of your creative ideas enables you to draw a map and create a plan.

Jennifer Silvershein, LCSW is the owner of Manhattan Wellness Center located in Flatiron. She predominately treats young professionals.