RACHEL HERCMAN, LCSW

Live Better. Love Better.

Vibrant relationships, personal fulfillment, and the capacity to be present make life feel meaningful. As a warm and open therapist, I bring my advanced training and experience in helping you feel better and more centered in the areas of your life that feel unsettled or stuck. Whether you’re facing a new beginning, a tough ending, or anything in between, therapy can provide a gentle place to figure out what you want and need for yourself and your relationships. My approach is that therapy should not just give awareness and clarity, but foster healing, resolution, and tools for more centered living.

Rachel Hercman, LCSW


Specialties

DATING AND RELATIONSHIPS

SEXUAL FUNCTIONING AND SATISFACTION

VAGINISMUS AND UNCONSUMMATED RELATIONSHIPS

EMERGING ADULTHOOD

PREMARITAL COUNSELING

TRAUMA AND LOSS

FAMILY CONFLICT

COPING WITH ILLNESS

ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

NAVIGATING LIFECYCLE TRANSITIONS

Services

Rachel’s Blog

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Keeping Sex Vibrant: The Interplay of Living and Loving

If I had to sum up the challenges of sexuality in marriage, it would be a borrowed quote from Dr. Jack Morin, author of “The Erotic Mind”. He defines eroticism as “the interplay of sexual arousal with the challenges of living and loving.” What are challenges of living that can get in the way of…

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Feeling Annoyed vs. Feeling Activated

The question of what progress looks like is one that comes up often in session. What are reasonable goals? How do we know if issues are resolving? Do you just know you’re doing better, or does someone else have to point it out to you? One way that many clients will see progress is when…

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Living through Current Events, Living in the News

The news is generally not a source of feel-good information, but lately I have seen both in myself and others that the content and proliferation has a way of really affecting us. Whether or not the world has become scarier or we just know more about it is a different discussion. But the way our…

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“It’s like hitting a wall”: Vaginismus and the Unconsummated Relationship

Vaginismus is one of those conditions that sounds so obscure and ‘out there’, yet the odds are that you or someone you know has been affected by it. Vaginismus is what happens when there are involuntary muscular contractions in the vaginal wall, making penetration very difficult or even impossible. In addition to difficulty with penetration…

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Living from the Neck Up

Intelligence is a true gift. The ability to view a situation rationally and with clarity is a key part of maturing and dealing with issues in life. But in therapy, I often find myself working with people dealing with issues where what they know doesn’t seem to heal what they feel. And so they feel torn, conflicted,…

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5 Marriage Truths from FX’s “The Americans”

(This article was originally published on Yourtango.com) Last week, I said goodbye to Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings as “The Americans” wrapped up its amazing six-year run on FX. I’m really going to miss the plot twists, disguises, awesome 80’s wardrobe, retro answering machines, and tape recorders. But more than that, I am going to miss…

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Living Life at Full Speed

Trauma often comes up in my work, but it’s not necessarily the reason why the person decides to come to therapy. Maybe there was something else going on that seemed unrelated. A relationship or sexual issue. A job challenge. A religious or spiritual crisis. Body image struggles. A loss. Confusion about life. But I’ve come…

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Phone Boundaries

So last night I did that thing you’re not supposed to do. I read the news on my phone right before I went to sleep. I didn’t have a hard time falling asleep, but I woke up feeling anxious. And anxiety doesn’t just exist in thought; I felt it in my entire body- my chest,…

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Rachel Hercman, LCSW

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Rachel Hercman, LCSW

Psychotherapist. Relationship Consultant. Speaker 

Rachel is clinical psychotherapist with a decade of experience helping people cultivate better relationships with themselves and with others. 

Rachel attended City University of New York (CUNY) Queens College for undergraduate studies and then earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Wurzweiler School of Social Work in Manhattan. Since then, she has worked in mental health and medical environments, which has greatly enhanced her appreciation of the mind-body connection when it comes to feeling good both emotionally and physically.

Rachel has postgraduate advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), somatic interventions, Internal Family Systems (IFS), sex therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and she completed an internship in Emotional Focused Therapy for couples at the Ackerman Institute in New York City.  She continues to attend trainings and conferences to learn up-to-date techniques to help her clients reach new levels of improvement. 

Rachel’s warm personality makes clients feel comfortable, cared for, and empowered in their journeys to better living.  She is easy to talk to, has a good sense of humor, and is known for her cool analogies on life.