Tracey Weiss, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of NY who is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT.) Mrs. Weiss earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to receive her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University with a focus in Family, Youth & Children.
Tracey joined Hartstein Psychological Services in 2016. Prior to her work at HPS, Tracey was the Director/Clinical Social Worker at the Hunter College Liberty Partnership Program, a dropout prevention program, providing programming and clinical support for at-risk youth in New York City.
Tracey has extensive experience working clinically with children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings; private practice, schools and residential/day camps. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Parenting Skills and Substance-Use/Abuse.
Tracey is passionate about making sure each client feels accepted and believes meeting each individual where they are is of the utmost importance.
1. Why did you choose to become a therapist?
Growing up I was always told that I “had the gift of gab” in addition to being a great listener. As a therapist, listening and communicating are both integral parts of the job. In addition, my first job as a camp counselor helped me see how listening and being present for kids can really create a safe space where they feel they can be themselves.
2. What’s your favorite thing about being a therapist?
It’s truly remarkable when you are able to see movement in a client. Movement can look so different for each client, and oftentimes it’s hard for them to see it… but when, as a clinician, you are able to notice a pivot of thought or change in behavior it reignites that spark to keep going and pushing. It is truly remarkable to see (and be a part of) that change that you know is leading your client down a more meaningful path in life.
* I also must say that, specifically, being a therapist as part of the HPS team is a bonus. The entire team is so supportive of one another and being able to have colleagues that can offer feedback in a nonjudgmental and helpful way is definitely an added perk of the job!
3. What is your general philosophy and approach to helping?
“Meet each client where they are at.”
4. If you weren’t a therapist, what would you be doing instead, or what would your life be like?
My husband and I often joke that I missed my calling as a Fantasy Football Analyst. I’m actually the commissioner for an all-female Fantasy League that is super competitive. I have been known to get pretty passionate about my Fantasy Team! Keeping my fingers crossed for a 2020 NFL season!
5. What do you do as self-care? (Mindfulness practices, exercise, etc.)
I’m big into exercise! Before having my daughter, I was a runner and actually ran the NYC Marathon and a bunch of half marathons. Since my daughter was born, I’ve dabbled in many different forms of exercise in addition to running, such as strength training, HIIT, spinning, pilates, and anything that gets my body moving makes me feel good!
I have also found more recently that taking a couple good DEEP breaths can be super cathartic!
6. What’s your favorite quote or mantra?
“This too shall pass.”
7. What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
“Don’t sweat the small stuff” and “stop comparing yourself to everyone else!”
8. If you could invite three famous people to dinner, alive or dead, who would they be?
9. What’s something you are most proud of?
Probably my family… my husband, daughter and baby #2 due in the next couple of weeks. While parenting is of course a daily challenge, I am proud of who my daughter has already become as well as who I see her becoming as she grows and matures. (The silver lining of these past few months has been spending so much extra quality time with her and literally watching her grow up before my eyes.)
10. What do you wish other people knew about mental health?
We ALL have our struggles! I think people often feel super alone and as if they are the only one going through their particular struggles or hurdles. The more we can break down the stigma surrounding mental health the more people can feel supported and hopefully be more willing to seek out support.