Billy Somerville (he/him/his)

Accepting Clients

Hi, I'm Billy! I am a clinical psychologist in telehealth private practice.

Clinical Psychologist in , NY


About My Clients

My clients are often exhausted from the struggles they are engaged in: struggles with the self, with people in their lives, and with the task of trying to survive under capitalism. Burdened by trauma, grief, and stress, they are wondering if it's even possible to feel better. In therapy, we approach this question thoughtfully and deeply. We don't shy away from the realities, and we trust the healing process to produce new life and energy for the struggle.

My Background and Approach

Although I love in-person work, I am exclusively doing telehealth therapy these days (I'm happy to say more about that when we meet). I have almost fifteen years of experience, and am trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and other modalities. My favorite type of therapy is “parts work”: discovering the different parts that make up the self, and helping them be seen and heard. The parts model is a powerful method for understanding the mind's complexity, and it can lead to profound changes in the relationship to self and others. I'm not rigid about using that method, so if it sounds too weird we can work a different way. I value flexibility and openness, and believe the therapy process should be unique to the needs of the individual.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe we are living in one of the most difficult eras humans have ever faced. Climate crisis, capitalism, imperialism and genocide are the current horrors, but they are undergirded by hierarchical relations of power that have formed over thousands of years. The late David Graeber said "the ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently." I am engaged in the imaginative work it takes to make the world differently, and believe therapy is one of the sites in which that work (sometimes) takes place. Not all of life's challenges are matters of politics, but these perspectives inform the way I approach therapy.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 13 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $150 - 200/session

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