Last edited 05/29/2023
Laya Gerstman Licensed Master Social Worker
General Office Hours
In Eastern Time
|Monday||from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM|
|Wednesday||from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM|
|Thursday||from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM|
|Sunday||from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM|
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Under Clinical Supervision
Laya Gerstman, Licensed Master Social Worker, 4406693800 is practicing under the supervision of Brittany Williams (New Jersey, LCSW, 44SC06025800) 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 is your style/approach to therapy?
Whether you’re looking to set boundaries, navigate life transitions, or communicate in a healthy way, therapy is a space to advocate for your needs and become the best version of yourself. Through my positive, strengths-based approach, I work with each client individually to help them achieve their unique goals. Together, we’ll dig into your thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs to address your issues and use those insights to find hope and build a more fulfilling life. Therapy can be hard work, so I love throwing in dashes of lightness and humor along the way. In therapy, you can show up as whoever you want to be and I’ll hold space for all the different parts of you. Whether you’re moving through loss, addressing conflict, or starting a new chapter in your life, you and your needs will always come first in our work together.
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
Mentoring, charity work, and helping people in need was always a big part of my life growing up. I knew I wanted to work in a profession where I could support people on their journeys to overcoming challenges, moving through hardship, and becoming the best versions of themselves. When I learned about therapy, I was attracted to it and I realized, “this is it!”
What are your biggest strengths as a therapist?
I create a safe, vulnerable space where clients feel accepted, appreciated, and can be real. In our work together, you can show up as whoever you want to be and I’ll hold space for all the different parts of you. I’m a lifelong learner, and I consider each client an expert in their own lived experience. I learn as much as I can about each client’s background, mindset, and struggles because I’m genuinely interested and curious. Matching my energy, tone, and communication style to the person I’m working with comes naturally for me. For example, if you’re someone who is more quiet and intellectual in your way of being, that’s how I’ll show up. This creates a feeling of safety and being understood that makes it easy for clients to open up.
Pregnancy, perinatal, & postpartum issues
Aging related concerns
Drug addiction & abuse
All Savers Insurance
Golden Rule Insurance
Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
Types of Therapy
Young Adults (18-24)
Treatment Approaches / Modalities
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Expressive Arts Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Masters, Wurweiler Scool of Social Work
I’ve mentored kids and teenagers in a variety of settings. Some had sick family members, were dealing with different diseases themselves, or coming from divorced homes in communities where that’s not so common. From there, I started collaborating with children, adults, and families on everything from depression, anxiety, postpartum support, and substance use. I also worked in an elementary school providing support to children with learning disabilities. Through these experiences, I developed a flexible, patient approach to therapy and an openness to trying things from 100 angles until I find what works for my client. This informs how I show up for my clients to this day. I am now a proud member of Resilience Lab—the largest collective of mental health professionals collaborating to improve mental health awareness, access, and outcomes across the country.
Frequently Asked Questions About Laya Gerstman, LMSW
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Laya Gerstman, LMSW, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Laya Gerstman accepting new clients?
Yes, Laya Gerstman is accepting new clients.
Does Laya Gerstman accept insurance?
Yes, Laya Gerstman 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.
What types of therapy does Laya Gerstman offer?
Laya Gerstman offers therapy for families, groups and individuals.
Does Laya Gerstman offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in New Jersey can book Laya Gerstman for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does Laya Gerstman offer online therapy?
Yes, Laya Gerstman offers online therapy to people in New Jersey.
How quickly can I see Laya Gerstman?
Laya Gerstman 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 Laya Gerstman speak?
Laya Gerstman conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with Laya Gerstman online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Laya Gerstman online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.