Peace of Mind

Psychotherapy Treatment in New York City

Our Mission

At Peace of Mind Psychotherapy, you’ll experience an enriching and rewarding bond between client and therapist, greater self-acceptance, and personal fulfillment. By bridging the gap between traditional therapy and creativity, our team of experienced psychotherapists will help you clear a path for further relational developments and self-discovery.

The wellness and wholeness of an individual can be found through psychotherapy, which allows for an introspective journey to one’s psyche. At Peace of Mind, we use a wide-ranging holistic approach in order to get to know those we serve. Psychotherapy is a marvelous tool through which to grapple with trauma, analyze goal-setting, and unearth the root of every-day issues.

Our aim is to utilize creative and artistic expression, among a vast array of other tools, in order to draw out and discuss past experiences. From there, clients learn how to use these experiences to create the present and future they want to see for themselves.

Who We Are & What We Do

At Peace of Mind, we utilize an integrated approach to psychotherapy. This fosters reflection and self-awareness, permitting clients to express themselves openly in whatever manner they choose. By using this approach, we work with clients in a comforting, open, non-judgmental environment, providing diagnoses as well as therapeutic care.

Our focus in treatment is to understand you as a whole person. We partner with you to uncover the root causes of your desires, aversions, and patterns of behavior that may be holding you back.

In the process of undergoing our psychotherapy, you will learn to identify problems while also understanding and applying their solutions to your life. Ultimately, these tools and skills will lead you to a more meaningful life and provide you with healthier ways to communicate and cope.

Our style is interactive and applies both verbal and creative techniques to access the unconscious. As active listeners, we’ll structure personalized sessions customized to your unique needs and goals.

Our focus in treatment is to understand you as a whole person. We partner with you to uncover the root causes of your desires, aversions, and patterns of behavior that may be holding you back.

Shira Hon-Lahav Owner of Peace of Mind Therapy NYC

Shira Hon-Lahav

MA, RDT, LCAT, LP | She, Her, Hers

Shira Hon-Lahav holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Hunter College, a Master of Arts degree in Drama Therapy from New York University, and a Psychoanalytic degree from the Institute of Expressive Analysis (IEA). She is a Licensed Psychoanalyst, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and a Registered Drama Therapist.

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Mor Waksman

LCAT-LP | She, Her, Hers

Mor holds a Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy – Psychodrama from the University of Haifa and continued her training at the Psychodrama and Creative Arts Therapy Institute in New York.

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Hamutal Posklinsky-Shehory

MA, LP-LCAT | She, Her, Hers

Hamutal earned her psychotherapy education, specializing in Drama Therapy from New York University. Her therapeutic approach guides clients in the exploration of their past experiences and beliefs while working towards their goals and aspirations.

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Liat Klein-Yaari

MA | She, Her, Hers

Liat holds a Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Seminar Hakibbutzim college in Tel Aviv, Israel and continued her professional education at the Hakomi Institute for Psychotherapy in Hod Hasharon.

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Donna Amirav

BSW, MBA | She, Her, Hers

Donna holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work, an MBA, and a diploma in group therapy, all earned at top Israeli universities. She recently completed a 2-year-program in life coaching, specializing in the “Satya” method, which focuses on self-observation and mindful listening to body, breath, mind, and language.

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Nick Lear

RDT, LCAT-LP | He, Him, His

Nick is a drama therapist who is earning his Master of Arts at New York University.  Additionally, Nick holds two bachelor’s degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Lili Chasen

MA, LCAT-LP | She, Her, Hers

Lili Chasen is a drama therapist specializing in humanistic psychotherapy. As a creative arts therapist, Lili employs a wide range of artistic modalities, including theater, music, dance, and visual arts, to facilitate self-expression and exploration.

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Joseph Labatt

MA | He/They

Joseph Labatt draws on drama therapy, verbal psychotherapy, mindfulness, and writing approaches to explore clients’ stories and seeks to provide tools, perspectives, and experiences in the counseling room that can be integrated and used in daily life to ultimately know oneself more deeply, feel better, and lead richer, fuller lives.

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Patricia Contreras

She, Her, Hers

Patricia utilizes a diverse range of therapeutic approaches including modalities in creative arts therapy. Patricia is pursuing her Masters in drama therapy at New York University. Her therapeutic work alongside her extensive applied theatre experience has prepared her to work in a creative and diverse environment.

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Lian Kelmann

She, Her, Hers

Lian is a recent graduate from Hunter College, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance.

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Our Therapy Approaches

Knowing, exploring, and discovering one’s own mind is the highest form of self-care, and we consider it a privilege to get to know every soul who enters through our doors.

We invite you to begin – or continue – your journey with us.

First and foremost, we at Peace of Mind strongly believe that mental health services are some of the most vital in the world. Thankfully, the stigma against therapy has pivoted into mainstream acceptance and excitement. We hold these practices in high regard, and believe they should be used by everyone as maintenance in life, not simply when things go wrong.

At Peace of Mind, we are fortunate to serve our clients from four major approaches. In order to provide you with the utmost care, please take a moment to read the types of services we provide and let us know which you think would be the best fit for you or your loved ones.


We provide one-on-one sessions with clients that cater to how you’d like to approach your therapy. By using different methods, including psychoanalysis, creative arts, and talk therapy, our team will aid you on your own personal journey. Our highly experienced team covers a wide range of topics and specialties, from goal-setting to dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and more. We are here to lend an ear, advice, and analysis for individuals in every walk of life, and are ready to work through a variety of hurdles.

Couples Therapy/

There is often an assumption that couples therapy is for those with problems in their relationships. While we know this can often be the case and will work together to discover the roots of those issues, we also firmly believe that couples therapy is for partners who are thriving, want to learn more about one another, and are interested in exploring ways that they can grow as a team. Being in a healthy relationship means communication, through the best and worst of times, and we’d be honored to have you entrust us with that level of care.

Family Therapy

Family and relationships are a vital part of our development as people. Sometimes it can be challenging with everyone’s individual dynamics. We cover all manners of family, and also specialize in working with children, adolescents and young women. Through family therapy, we aim to maintain bridges and foster strong bonds to last a lifetime – and even generations beyond.

Group Therapy

Many people, be they introverted, extroverted, or something in between, find the most powerful ally in life can be found in those on a similar journey. Group therapy is a wonderful tool through which to collaborate, meet others, and offer advice to those with related life experiences based upon your own.

Our Psychotherapy Specialties

Self-Image Issues & Eating Disorders

Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Depression, Anxiety & other Mood Disorders

Grief & Bereavement Counseling

Postpartum Depression

(Home Visits Available)

Substance, Sexual, & Domestic Abuse

Time Management & other Behavioral Issues

COVID-Related Issues

(Adjustment Disorder, etc)

LGBTQ+ & Gender Identity Needs

Counseling for Displaced Arts & Entertainment Workers

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Billing & Insurance

Peace of Mind is an out-of-network group provider. While we do not currently accept direct insurance payments for psychotherapy, we provide all necessary documentation for accessing out-of-network benefits.

At the end of the month, you will be provided with a superbill, which you can submit as a claim to your insurance provider.

In our experience with most providers, after you reach your deducible, you’re eligible to be reimbursed for 70-90% of your treatment cost. To find out if your insurance company will reimburse you for a portion of treatment, you may contact your insurance company directly, or reach out to us and we will help guide you through the process.

If you wish to pay out-of-pocket without the aid of insurance, and seek to offset any economic burdens, we are more than open to having a discussion and working with you. We do not believe finances should be a hindrance on well-being. Should you have any further questions regarding our fees, financial policies, and insurance reimbursement, please don’t hesitate
to contact us.


A very empathetic, focused, intelligent therapist. I’m relieved to have found her and recommend her highly.

I feel so good during the therapy. And received great advice on how to resolve my problems. She’s so gentle and caring. Best experience ever.

I’ve been seeing Shira for the past two years and it has been a life-changing experience. Today, I’m able to express myself and deal with my emotions in a way I never thought possible…

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Contact Peace of Mind

We will get back to you within 24 hours.

You can contact us via phone or email to schedule an appointment.

During your first session, you will share your major concerns, discuss your goals, needs, and aspirations in order to formulate a personalized treatment plan.