Therapists


 
 

 

Jesse Kahn, LCSW, CST

Director, Supervisor, Therapist, & LGBTQ+ Consultant

In my practice, you'll find an affirming, interactive, and knowledgeable space. I believe safe exploration of your concerns, fears, shame, and desires is crucial in our work together. I have a caring approach that includes empathic listening and active collaboration. In our work together you will gain a deeper understanding of yourself, identify your personal strengths, learn to listen and trust your intuition, address patterns you wish to change, and learn tools to self-actualize and sustain your goals. The aim of my practice is to guide you in creating a more peaceful and fulfilling life unique to you.

I have specialized training and expertise in working with: gender, sexuality, poly/non-monogamy, fetishes, kink, BDSM, sexual functioning, sexual anxiety, compulsive sexual behaviors, relationship conflict, infidelity, desire discrepant relationships, parents with LGBTQ identified or questioning children, depression, anxiety, addiction, and HIV/AIDS.

Education:

Master of Social Work from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work

Certifications:

American Institute for Psychoanalysis, Fellowship and Training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

 
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COLIN LENTZ, LMSW

Therapist & Career Coach

I believe that human beings are, above all, adaptive. We develop powerful and unique ways to survive and succeed under conditions that are insensitive, unforgiving, and overwhelming. As a therapist, my approach builds upon the strength of this adaptive ability while remaining responsive to the anger, fear, and shame that can accompany it. I work with you to foster deeper self-compassion in the face of broader social circumstances that often encourage the opposite.

Therapy provides different things for different people: support, exploration, insight, guidance, growth. Whatever the process or purpose, the heart of this endeavor is the relationship between client and therapist. My approach is fundamentally collaborative, beginning by developing mutual trust and understanding, a foundation which then supports open communication and thoughtful deliberation.

I focus in particular on establishing a therapeutic environment grounded in compassion and sensitivity, where difficult thoughts and feelings can be shared candidly, and fear and shame become subjects of discussion instead of obstacles to it. I am an active participant in this process, moving at your pace or, when helpful and discussed, setting the pace myself. Together, we will establish and work towards goals that align with your vision of a fulfilling and fully realized life.

I have specialized training and expertise in working with: gender (transgender and gender diverse people), sexuality, non-monogamy and polyamory, fetishes and kink/BDSM, sexual functioning and sexual anxiety, compulsive sexual behaviors, trauma, and HIV/AIDS.

Education:

Master of Social Work from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work

Certifications:

Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, Prelude to Training

Fellow at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, In Progress


 
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JASON L. GARRETT, LMSW

Therapist & LGBTQ+ Consultant

Every human being deserves to find a sense of purpose and belonging in their lives, and it is my belief that these goals are achievable regardless of where you are on your journey. I find that human beings are strong because of, rather than despite, their adversities and, as a result, have a unique opportunity to build resilience and unwavering self-compassion. In our work together, you can expect a heart-centered, pleasure-positive, and shame-free space to express the parts of your experience that you wish to address; and I will encourage a collaborative approach in doing so. 

The decision to invest in therapy is understandably anxiety-provoking, and I am devoted to addressing this sensitively.  You will find that I focus primarily on cultivating a relationship with you, whereby change becomes possible through the act of relating rather than helping. I am dedicated to establishing a connection that both bolsters and empowers you, one where you will feel safe to overcome whatever keeps you from fully realizing the life you imagine.

I have specialized training and expertise in working with: issues related to sexual identity & expression, gender diversity & expansiveness, conflicts of faith/spirituality with queer & trans experiences, non-monogamy/polyamory, HIV-related concerns, desire discrepant relationships, infidelity, sexual trauma, familial conflict, LGBTQ+ individuals & groups, LGBTQ+ parents & children, sexual compulsions, anxiety, and depression. 

Education:

Master of Social Work from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work

Certifications:

The Ackerman Institute's Gender & Family Project, Making Gender-Inclusive Schools

The Center Training Institute, Substance Use & the LGBTQ+ Community, Trans Care Practices, LGBTQ+ Immigrant Concerns

The Anti-Violence Project, ILGBTQ+ Community & Intimate Partner Violence

The Trevor Project, LGBTQ+ Community & Suicidality

LuKe Knanishu, LCSW

Therapist & LGBTQ+ Consultant

As a therapist, I work from a strengths-based interpersonal perspective, highlighting your resilience with the goal of creating a more fulfilling life. The decision to begin therapy is a highly personal and complex process for many. With this in mind, I thrive to create a non-judgmental, safe and warm environment for exploration and growth. The aim of our work together will be to create a more harmonious relationship with yourself that will positively affect your relationships with those around you.

I hope to bring people into therapy who have often been marginalized and historically excluded from such spaces. In order for this to occur, a reciprocal mutual respect must be created in order for trust to build and meaningful work to begin.

I have specialized training and expertise in working with: gender, sexuality, lgbtq+ people of color, lgbtq+ young people, parents of lgbtq+ children, kink, BDSM, non-monogamy, sexual functioning issues, sexual anxiety, relationship conflict, serious and persistent mental illness, trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, individuals in the arts and entertainment industry, chronic health issues (i.e. - HIV/AIDS, cancer, Parkinson’s), addiction, political anxiety and race related issues.

Education:

Master of Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work

Certifications:

Advanced Clinical Practice curriculum track within Columbia University focusing on Contemporary Social Issues.


 
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Jessica Knapp, LMSW
 

Therapist & LGBTQ+ Consultant

I believe that each client is the expert on their own life and it’s my job to find them the right tools.  In my practice the most important task I undertake is empowering my clients. Work, relationships, mental health issues and life in general are extremely difficult to cope with and above all, people need to hear that their feelings about these areas are real.  After all, this is what guides people to what’s most important in life. In order to do this I aim to co-create a trusting, non-judgmental, and empathetic therapeutic relationship.

Being trans, queer, kinky or having trauma and mental health issues often means being told you’re unlovable or an inconvenience; a lot of my work revolves around countering this by finding ways to recognize my clients’ strengths and humanity. While I cannot radically change the conditions of my clients’ lives, I can teach skills and strategies to help manage symptoms and navigate complex issues relating to identity, oppression and recovery. 

I use Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy and Mindfulness exercises to treat my clients and teach them practical skills to cope with and transform their lives for the better. Some of the goals my clients look forward to achieving involve building community, finding love, maintaining relationships; coping with and recovering from life transitions, trauma, oppression, gender dysphoria, mental health issues, substance use and others.  

I have specialized training and expertise in working with:  trans, non-binary, genderqueer, gender fluid and LGBTQ+ youth, adults and their parents; people who engage in kink, BDSM, poly/non-monogamy; those experiencing family and relationship conflicts, trauma, anxiety, depression, gender dysphoria, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, compulsive disorders, chemical dependency and substance use issues, problems with sexual functioning, compulsive sexual behaviors, as well as HIV/AIDS.  

Education: Master of Social Work from The Greater Rochester Collaborative  Program at SUNY Brockport and Nazareth College

Certifications: Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy; Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality, In progress