Therapists


 
 

 

Jesse Kahn, LCSW, CST

Director, Supervisor, & Sex Therapist

Pronouns: they/them/theirs & he/him/his

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, kink, BDSM, fetishes, sexual functioning, sexual anxiety, compulsive sexual behaviors, relationship conflict, infidelity, desire differences in relationships, parents with LGBTQ identified or questioning children, conflicts of faith and/or spirituality with gender and sexuality, 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 (CST)

 
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COLIN LENTZ, LMSW

Therapist & Career Coach

Pronouns: he/him/his

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

Pronouns: he/him/his

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

 
 
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LuKe Knanishu, LCSW

Therapist & LGBTQ+ Consultant

Pronouns: he/him/his

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, adoption experiences, 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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ANDREA GLIK, LMSW

Therapist & LGBTQ+ Trainer

Pronouns: she/her/hers

No matter what we have experienced in life, we all have an inherent capacity to heal. We can feel connected to ourselves and come home to our bodies. Healing is possible. You can inhabit your own life. Your life is yours.

It is a courageous thing to come to therapy to find support or healing. In doing so, you are communicating to yourself that it is ok to be vulnerable and that you deserve to feel better. It is the first step to feeling more in control of your life and safe within yourself.

In my practice, I strive to offer a validating and attuned environment. Here we can dive deep into self-discovery, restoring a connection to all parts of yourself, especially those you’ve had to reject to survive. Using somatic-oriented therapy to foster a deeper connection between mind and body, we will explore and heal the impact of any traumatic experiences on the brain, nervous system, and connection with the self and relationships. The core of my approach is empowering people to be and love their authentic selves in a world that often shames and rejects anyone who may fall outside the norm.

Our struggle to feel whole and authentic can show up in our relationships too. In my work with partnerships of all kinds, we will explore how our life experience and past relationship pain is showing up in our present. I offer concrete tools and exercises to heal and expand intimacy, communication and desire. Together we will build a space to heal your relationship(s) that is open, honest, inclusive, and non judgmental.

I have specialized training and expertise in working with: gender, sexuality, LGBTQ+ identities, relationships, healing intimacy & desire, difference in desire, PTSD, interpersonal violence, sexual trauma, survivorship, body image, women empowerment, alternative spirituality, poly/non-monogamy, sex work, kink, BDSM, survivors of cults and religious trauma, childhood trauma, LGBTQ+ youth and their parents, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and HIV/AIDS.

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

Certifications: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, In Progress

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certification, In Progress

 
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Liz Afton, LMSW

Therapist & LGBTQ+ Consultant

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I believe difficult life experiences become portals for transformation when we are given a safe space to observe and learn from them. In therapy with me, you will find a warm, emotionally-attuned space where all your complexity is witnessed and affirmed without judgement. Radical acceptance can be an especially potent antidote to stigma, shame, or harmful internalized messages related to socially marginalized identities or lifestyles. No matter your unique struggles or goals, I am here to support you in discovering the most fulfilling and authentic version of your life possible and to reinforce your right to self-determination. You deserve to feel safe, worthy, and whole exactly as you are.

Healing takes work, but you can do it, and you do not have to do it alone. We can explore a variety of holistic resources to help you feel more confident managing life stressors outside of therapy sessions, including mindfulness techniques, grounding exercises, creative arts practices, pleasure-positive sex education, and conflict-reduction communication strategies. My goal is to help you reconnect with your innate resilience so that you can navigate the inevitable ups and downs of human existence with greater ease, insight, and self-compassion.

I have specialized training and expertise in working with: gender, sexuality, LGBTQ+ identities, partners of trans people, sex workers/people with experience trading sex, asexuality, kink, BDSM, survivors of interpersonal violence, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, body image, self esteem, chronic illness, PTSD, Complex PTSD, relationships, intimacy & desire, sexual anxiety, physical pain with sex (vaginismus), grief & loss, immigrant experiences, spirituality, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and burnout prevention for students, activists, healers, and other caretakers.

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

Certifications: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, National Traumatic Stress Network

Rape Crisis Counseling, New York Department of Mental Health

 

 
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Tamara Turner, LCSW

Therapist, Supervisor & Educator

Pronouns: they/them/theirs & she/her/hers

Many aspects of who we are and what we desire are not invited in our relationships, careers, and homes. This process of compartmentalizing within ourselves and our bodies is often learned in childhood and reinforced by our social context. Curiosity can help us get closer to understanding our authentic selves and our desires. By becoming curious we can begin to integrate all of the identities we inhabit.

I believe that cultivating curiosity can facilitate and expand our process of healing, growth, and self-actualization. In our work together, we will use curiosity in order to help you become closer to yourself, your body, and your behavior. This will allow you to learn and move forward in your life, making conscious choices that reflect and honor your values and goals.  In my practice, I offer a compassionate space for safe exploration of your identity, experiences, and the life you envision for yourself.

In addition to providing individual and group psychotherapy, I am an educator to graduate level students of social work. Additionally, I offer supervision and consultation towards clinical licensure for social workers.

I have specialized training and expertise in working with: gender, sexuality, communities of color, non-monogamy, kink, BDSM fetishes, relationships, spirituality, trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other chronic mental health issues, body image & self-esteem, adoption experiences, artists and performing artists, sex workers, adjustment to chronic medical conditions, HIV/AIDS, intimate partner violence, addiction and recovery, caregiver stress, grief, loss, death & dying, support for workers in helping professions, children, youth, and families.

Education: Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work

Certifications: Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society

The William Alanson White Institute

The New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute

Rape Crisis Counseling, Certification in Group Psychotherapy, In progress