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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The Elephant in Your Bedroom

Addressing sexual concerns can be awkward. After all, it can be uncomfortable talking about sex. The thing is, relationships with sexual issues suffer. And as the years go on, the sexual issues give birth to other relationship problems that become their own entities. So many things can get in the way of building and sustaining…

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Broke Up and Feeling Broken

Relationship breakup is an issue that often comes up in my work. Breakups—whether it be a brief courtship, a long dating relationship, a committed marriage—can bring on a mix of emotions that may fluctuate. But somewhere, somehow, many of us have internalized this notion that life events should be experienced one emotion at a time,…

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Marriage: It’s Like Riding a Bike

Among the many myths that come along with marriage is the notion that once the search is over, the work over. That once you finally find that person, you can take a breath of relief, because the hard part is behind you. Some people experience some ‘beginner’s luck’ in the beginning of a relationship: You…

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Permission to Feel Pain

“It could be worse.” “At least it’s not ______.” “I should just look for the bright side, right?” It may sound strange, but there are many people who don’t feel like they are allowed to be in emotional pain. Something difficult may be happening to them but they don’t feel like they have a legitimate…

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Kneading out the Not’s

Recently, I was walking down Broadway and passed a local beauty salon and I decided to get a back massage. My back had been bothering me, I had a break between clients, and I try to squeeze in self-care when I can. There were moments during the massage where it was just painful. Kneading out…

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Good Things Come to Those Who Notice Them

I really like online shopping. It’s quick, it’s efficient, and I can do it at 1am in my pajamas. The thing is, I’ve noticed that I find myself easily rationalizing why I need something when a minute ago, I was totally fine without it. Suddenly, something seems necessary, retroactively making what I currently have inadequate.…

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Replaying Relationship Fumbles

I wouldn’t exactly call myself a football “fan” but I appreciate watching a good game and I do loosely follow what’s going on in the NFL. I find that ideas in football, like many other sports, can offer lessons on life and love; perhaps that’s part of what makes sports movies meaningful. NFL games today…

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The Harvey Weinstein Saga and Courageous Clarity

As I write this, the media is saturated with articles about Harvey Weinstein and his problematic behavior that was widely known for decades in Hollywood. Many are questioning how people could know this about Mr. Weinstein yet proceed with business as usual. One of the best answers I’ve read is by Scott Rosenberg (seen here:…

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Rachel Hercman, LCSW

245 West 107th St, NYC
Conveniently located near the 1 train

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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.