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Abbe Payne-MeiliLicensed Master Social Worker

Clinically Supervised

Acepting new clientsAccepts Insurance
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General Office Hours

In Eastern Time

Mondayfrom 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM
Wednesdayfrom 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Thursdayfrom 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Fridayfrom 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM

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Under Clinical Supervision

Abbe Payne-Meili, Licensed Master Social Worker, 117406 is practicing under the supervision of Michael Sands (New York, LCSW, 033654-01) at Resilience Lab.

Please, note: A clinician listed as being “clinically supervised” is completing clinical hours toward their licensure. They have one or more fully licensed clinical supervisors that often have special training to become supervisors. They consult with their supervisor(s) on all of their cases, which means that, when working with them, you are getting the time and expertise of multiple therapists in your treatment.

What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

After several years of operating a yoga studio, I became a therapist to address the connection between mental and physical health. As we move through our lives, our bodies carry the past histories, difficult experiences, and emotional baggage that we push under the surface. If we don’t address these traumas and stressors, they can present as a range of symptoms that impact our physical health, like muscle tightness, headaches, or chest pain. Combining therapy with mindfulness techniques like meditation and breathwork can bring these feelings to the surface so you can move through them and make space for something new. My own experience in therapy also inspired me to pursue this profession. After seeing how therapy helped me navigate some difficult life transitions, my hope is to guide each client through their unique healing process. My hope is for you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, feel seen and supported, and know you have a person in the corner who gets you.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

The expectations placed on women can cause us to lose touch with ourselves or tune out our inner voice. Setting boundaries and advocating for ourselves are skills many of us need to learn to protect our mental health. By integrating mindfulness with techniques to rewire your thoughts, I create a space for identifying your needs and putting yourself first.

What are your biggest strengths as a therapist?

I’m excellent at reading and matching people’s energy. Depending on who I’m working with, I harness different facets of my personality to mirror what I see from my clients. For example, if someone is more quiet and contemplative, that’s how I’ll show up for them. If someone is more loud and bubbly, then I’ll meet them in that energetic space instead. I’m committed to providing a space of authentic, vulnerable connection where you can grow and engage in the self discovery process. I’m an interested and engaged listener. Clients can really speak for themselves without any judgment or agenda on my part. My style of therapy involves looking at the full picture holistically and drawing links between past experiences and what’s happening now. I have a hunger for knowledge and love to learn—not just about scholarly things, but also about what’s happening in the world, or what people are saying on TikTok, and how this might be relevant to your overall well being. The more I learn, the more equipped I am to help my clients through whatever challenges come their way.




Relationship Issues

Life transitions


General Expertise


Work Stress

Academic challenges



Adoption & foster care

Anger management

Communication issues

In-Network Insurance




UnitedHealthCare (UHC)

All Savers Insurance

Golden Rule Insurance

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare



First Session$150
Individual Therapy$150


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Family Systems Therapy

Motivational Interviewing


Masters, Columbia University

Work History

During my time at a small private practice, I provided individual, couples and group counseling to clients with a wide array of concerns. I also assessed clients’ suicide risk, directed them to appropriate resources, and offered community support to high schoolers applying for college at a performing arts school. Today, I’m a proud member of Resilience Lab, the largest community of clinicians working to produce better outcomes and improve mental health access.

Online Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions About Abbe Payne-Meili, LMSW

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Abbe Payne-Meili, LMSW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Abbe Payne-Meili accepting new clients?

Yes, Abbe Payne-Meili is accepting new clients for online therapy in New York.

Does Abbe Payne-Meili accept insurance?

Yes, Abbe Payne-Meili accepts insurance, including Aetna, All Savers Insurance, Cigna, Golden Rule Insurance, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Humana, Optum, Oxford Health Plans, UMR, UnitedHealthCare (UHC) and UnitedHealthcare Student Resources.

Does Abbe Payne-Meili offer in-person appointments?

No, but people in New York can book Abbe Payne-Meili for virtual appointments (teletherapy).

Does Abbe Payne-Meili offer online therapy?

Yes, Abbe Payne-Meili offers online therapy via video sessions, phone sessions and live messaging sessions to people in New York.

How quickly can I see Abbe Payne-Meili?

Abbe Payne-Meili typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Abbe Payne-Meili speak?

Abbe Payne-Meili conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Abbe Payne-Meili online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Abbe Payne-Meili online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.