Second Nature Counseling

Treatment Center, LMHC

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Second Nature Counseling

Treatment Center, LMHC


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Our Philosophy

Second Nature Counseling was founded to address the need for counseling services in the community. Our founder, Steven DiMarzo, LMHC, recognized the challenges facing those who were seeking counseling. Whether limited availability or inaccessibility, finding the right counselor was almost impossible. Our goal is to be as accessible and approachable as possible. We have worked with clients who have struggled with all areas of life. Our experiences are different but our personal philosophies are the same; mental wellness is important and good mental health is necessary for success in life. We are dedicated to enhancing the lives of those who have taken the leap to realize their potential. Counselors on our team provide counseling services to address many areas of life, including anxiety, depression, changes in living environments, and stress from work and school. Expanding the focus to the whole person, rather than a diagnosis, allows for a more comprehensive approach to improving mental wellness. Utilizing the wellness model in counseling allows us to conceive an individual approach that favors client-driven treatment.

Who We Are - We are people, too, just like you

Life comes with many challenges and obstacles that may seem impossible to overcome. We all have an innate need to succeed and prove ourselves as worthy and deserving of good. There may be times when we feel overwhelmed, self-conscious, or inadequate and we don't want to be a burden to others, so we don't ask for help. It's at these times when we need that support most. The truth is, we all face these challenges and with some self-reflection, mental energy, and focus, we can overcome those barriers and develop skills to help ourselves that become second nature. Just like you, we have had our struggles in life. We have been challenged by what seemed to be impossible to overcome. We are not experts on your life but we can relate to the feelings and thoughts you may be having. Our varied experience as therapists, substance use counselors, child play therapists, specialists in developmental disabilities, Christian counselors, trauma professionals and others has allowed us to develop skills that we use to guide our clients through their personal exploration. We dedicate our work to helping others find stability and strength in their lives. Our team hope to help you achieve your success.

We Are Here for Everybody

We prohibit any discrimination or harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. We strive to provide an atmosphere of respect, dignity, acceptance and safety for all clients. Furthermore, no client will be discriminated against based on referral source. We are open to clients from several referral sources including, but not limited to, self-referrals, medical doctors, and payment sources including public and private insurance. It is our policy to provide essential services regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Clients will not be denied service based on the inability to pay for services. If insurance cannot be billed or provided, clients have the option to pay a fee for service as well as take advantage of a sliding fee scale based on financial need. WE ARE A LGBTQ+ AFFIRMING PRACTICE. WE ARE VETERAN AND ACTIVE SERVICE ALLIES. WE ARE A SAFE SPACE FOR ALL ETHNICITIES AND BACKGROUNDS. WE ARE ADVOCATES OF SOCIAL AND RACIAL JUSTICE.


  • Cost per Session: $175 - $300
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Pay By: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa
Accepted Insurance Plans
  • 1199SEIU
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Beacon
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • BlueShield of Northeastern New York
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire BlueCross BlueShield
  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Fidelis
  • GEHA
  • GHI
  • HIP | Health Plan of New York
  • Independent Health
  • MVP Health Care
  • Meritain Health
  • MultiPlan
  • New York State Health Insurance Plan
  • Optum
  • Oscar
  • Oxford
  • UMR
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Out of Network
We are in-network with almost all insurance plans. We will work with you and your insurance company if we are out of network for your plan.
Call (518) 896-7862 with questions.


  • License: New York / 007883


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anger Management
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career Counseling
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Gambling
  • Grief
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men's Issues
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Teen Violence
  • Transgender
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Women's Issues
Mental Health
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders
  • Bisexual
  • Lesbian
  • Gay

Client Focus

  • Elders (65+)
  • Adults
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Aviation Professionals
  • Bisexual Allied
  • Body Positivity
  • Cancer
  • Gay Allied
  • HIV / AIDS Allied
  • Immuno-disorders
  • Intersex Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • Little Person Allied
  • Non-Binary Allied
  • Open Relationships Non-Monogamy
  • Queer Allied
  • Racial Justice Allied
  • Sex Worker Allied
  • Sex-Positive, Kink Allied
  • Single Mother
  • Transgender Allied
  • Vegan Allied
  • Veterans

Programs and Services

Treatment Programs
  • 12 Step Program
  • Addiction
  • Continuing Care
  • Depression
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Substance Use

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Adlerian
  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Christian Counseling
  • Clinical Supervision and Licensed Supervisors -
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing (CPT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Eclectic
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Energy Psychology
  • Existential
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Music Therapy
  • Narrative
  • Person-Centered
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Sandplay
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused
  • Individuals
  • Family
  • Group


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Last Modified: 2 Dec 2020
Second Nature Counseling, LMHC, Treatment Center in Schenectady

Second Nature Counseling

Treatment Center, LMHC