Individual Therapy in Brooklyn
What is an Individual Therapist?
An individual therapist focuses one-on-one with you, building a rapport and working with you together to solve your issue(s). They are master’s-level clinicians licensed by the State of New York to work with individuals in a therapy setting. Their therapeutic perspective is relational and systemic in focus.
Why Individual Therapy?
People seek individual therapy for a variety of reasons. Whether you are coping with major life changes and challenges, depression, anxiety, trauma and childhood trauma, or simply looking for greater self-knowledge and a desire for personal growth, these are all things we can address together during your sessions.
How do I get started?
Your first step will be to call our office to schedule your initial appointment. Over the phone, we will collect some information from you in order to evaluate what your best treatment option is. Since our approach is a collaborative one, we work with you to build the best treatment plan. We always make our decisions based on what is best for you.
How Long Does It Take?
Each session is typically 45 minutes in length and will occur on a weekly basis. However, depending on your unique needs and personal goals for therapy, it’s hard to set a definite number of sessions. It can take as little as 5-6 sessions or sometimes more for you to feel comfortable and confident outside of therapy.
All sessions are by appointment only.
Appointments are 45 minutes long and occur on a weekly basis.
The practice has its original location in Williamsburg and another convenient location in Greenpoint. Skype sessions are also available.
Fees and Insurance
As with most marriage and family therapists in NYC, we are out-of-network insurance providers and do not participate directly in any insurance panels. We are happy to provide an itemized bill for you to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. In order to assess what kind of coverage you have prior to making an appointment, ask your insurance provider what your out-of-network mental health benefit is and if what, if any, your deductible is for mental health coverage.
The fee for therapy with one of our fully licensed therapists is $175 per session.
The fee for therapy with one of our associate therapists is $120 per session.
The fee for therapy with one of our therapy interns is $ 75 per session.
We maintain a 48-hour cancellation policy. Barring a real emergency, we require notice of 48 business hours on any cancellation, otherwise, you will be charged for your missed session.
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Get To Know Us…
Meet our GREENPOINT Therapists
Kara McElaney – LMFT
Kara believes in the co-created experience of therapy between therapist and clients. Trained in Narrative therapy and a range of therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused therapy, and Trauma-informed care, Kara works to create a safe and reflective space in which clients can be met where they are at with curiosity, respect, and compassion.
Kara values partnering with clients in understanding how problems can get in the way of more preferred ways of being. She believes in the power of therapeutic conversations bringing opportunities for clients to be cared about and known in ways which are a fit for them. By creating space for clients to story their intentions and hopes for their lives, while recognizing how relational histories and cultural messages may impact our relationships, more possibilities may emerge to take action on one’s behalf. Kara has experience working with a range of clients of all different ages and backgrounds, providing client-centered therapy grounded in social justice and relational ethics.
Kara completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and received her Bachelor’s degree from The New School. Kara’s previous experiences include residential/group home settings, Americorps, as well as working for a non-profit agency providing in-home family therapy and clinical supervision.
Bree Loethen, MFT
Bree believes that every client has the potential for positive growth and that the therapeutic relationship is a key factor in that growth. She values compassion, curiosity, and open-mindedness within that relationship. Bree views the therapeutic process as a collaborative experience between therapist and client that is unique to each individual, and so encourages feedback about what is and is not working for her clients. She wants her clients to feel as though they have an active role in their journey of change. The act of telling one’s story to another can itself have healing powers and Bree honors the strength and vulnerability it takes to do so.
Bree recognizes the importance of clients’ relationship to themselves and to others. Problems often arise in these relationships when clients are stuck in feedback loops that they are unaware of, influenced by individual, interpersonal, intergenerational, and environmental factors. She works with her clients to identify what these loops are, what is maintaining them, and how to begin to do things differently. Bree believes that emotion plays a fundamental role in the maintenance of maladaptive functioning and so bases much of her work in Les Greenberg’s emotion-focused therapy and Sue Johnson’s emotionally-focused couples therapy. She helps her clients to identify their emotions, tolerate them, communicate them effectively to others, and use them to guide adaptive action. She aims to provide a safe, validating, and compassionate space for this emotional exploration. Although she pays particular attention to emotion, she also considers intervention in the realms of thought, behavior, and body. Other approaches she commonly integrates into her work include compassion-focused therapy, CBT, narrative, and mindfulness.
Bree studied psychology in her undergraduate education at Skidmore College. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University, with a concentration in sex therapy. While studying at Thomas Jefferson, Bree interned at The Council for Relationships, providing therapeutic services to individuals and couples. During this time she also worked at ACTS, a women and children’s homeless shelter, conducting group therapy and family therapy sessions. Bree has experience working with a wide range of clients and has a specific passion for work with the LGBTQ community.
As an associate therapist, Bree can accept sliding scale clients.
Alyssa Calderon, MFT
Alyssa believes an essential, if not most valuable, part of therapy is curiosity and the art of listening. Trained in systems-based, relational therapy, Alyssa constantly aims to puzzle together the parts of clients’ lives to fully understand their whole context and the pieces within. Alyssa combines her focus in Mental Research Institute therapy, postmodern theory, and Narrative therapy, to identify with clients, areas where they feel stuck. Alyssa believes therapy requires collaborative work, where together, she and clients explore how the problem has been influenced by discourses of race, gender, class, sexuality, and personal beliefs, informed by clients’ relationships and experiences.
Alyssa believes ethical and effective therapy requires the therapist to be mindful of their position, biases, and role in the therapeutic relationship. She is not the expert of the client’s life, rather she is the expert of change. Alyssa does not view herself as an authority figure, rather she is a partner on your journey. Given this assumption, she considers it a privilege to learn from and work with clients to create a difference in their lives. She respects, and celebrates, the differences that exist, not just between herself and the client, but also between the client and other central members of their lives.
Alyssa is a bilingual therapist and received her master’s degree at Valdosta State University. Alyssa is pursuing full licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist because she values the relational and inclusive approach of the field and practice. Prior to focusing on a clinical career, Alyssa studied and performed music and received her bachelor’s degree in the music industry at York College of Pennsylvania. She looks forward to uniting her two passions to better serve clients.
As an associate therapist Alyssa is able to accept sliding scale clients.
Meredith Fitzsimons, Intern
Healthy relationships are born out of healthy individuals. Counseling invites us to unpack the stories we tell ourselves so we can take ownership over the direction of our lives and learn how to thrive within nourishing relationships. It provides the space needed to address and welcome the paradoxes of life—the pain and the hope, the dread and the joy—and find freedom in the midst of life’s complexities.
Meredith offers that space for genuine healing by approaching individuals, couples, and families with a reverent curiosity. Through a compassionate and collaborative therapeutic approach, Meredith helps clients make changes and expand their awareness. At every session, clients are invited to bring their full selves into a space of holistic acceptance in order to explore their unique stories and gain practical tools that can help them attain their desires and personal goals. Meredith believes in the power of creativity, authenticity, and humor in the pursuit of transformation.
Meredith received her Bachelor’s Degree from Trevecca University with a major in Communications and a minor in Social Justice. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling through Adams State University. Areas of interest include communication, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, conflict in relationships, and life cycle transitions. As a therapy intern, Meredith is able to take sliding scale clients.
Tania Chikhani, Intern
Tania is a Relationship and Career Specialist with a Master’s Degree in Psychology and an MBA in Global Business and Marketing. She is trained in Marriage and Family therapy, mindfulness, family constellations, and executive, life, and relationship coaching.
Her specialty is helping clients find, create and maintain passionate and fulfilling relationships while thriving in their careers. She is known for seeing the love and joy that’s possible even through your darkest days. She is well versed in multicultural family dynamics, enhancing communication, fostering deep and transformative connections, intimacy concerns and mindful separation. Her research interests revolve around the spirituality – mind-body connection and the impact it has on couples and family dynamics. Her life’s purpose is to help you find and create meaning in yours so you can thrive in love and life.
Tania’s Master’s Degree is from Columbia University, she obtained her MBA from Pepperdine University with training at the Copenhagen Business School and her Bachelor of Arts is from McGill University. Her couples and family training is through the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York, NY. She is certified in a number of self-regulated holistic treatments and client-centered disciplines including life, relationship and executive coaching, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), time paradigm techniques, family constellation systems, and hypnosis.
Tania is a global citizen having lived in nine countries including the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Belgium, Denmark, Canada, and the United States. She is fluent in both English and Arabic and conversational in French.
As a therapy intern, Tania can accept sliding scale clients.