Vanessa Kensing, LCSW, CASAC

“Vanessa eased every apprehension I had about starting therapy. She was patient, warm, and non-judgmental in every session…I felt that Vanessa not only listened to me, but that she *heard* me, which was incredibly validating as I explored this new perspective on my life.” — Therapy-Goer

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Training & Logistics


Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)


Location: 125 East 23rd Street, between 5th and Park Ave
Trains nearby: NQRW, 456, L, 12, PATH

Frequency options: Weekly, every other week, multiple times per week

Exchange: $200/45 minute session

Financial need: Please contact me to learn more and explore my sliding scale options together.

Payment options: Credit Card, Cash, Check, Electronic Payment (Venmo, Chase QuickPay)


I have particular experience helping individuals work through obstacles like:

  • Anxiety

  • Career Stress

  • Family Dynamics

  • “People Pleasing”

  • Perfectionism

  • Self-esteem

  • Substance Abuse

  • Trauma

If I have never been to therapy before, what should I expect? How do I know if I should go, and how do I start?

If you are thinking about it, you’d probably benefit from it, as long as you find a therapist you are truly comfortable with. Not all therapy is about solving a huge problems or managing a crisis (although it can be that too); sometimes therapy can just be about having an objective listener or soliciting feedback.

Initially therapy can be scary, especially for someone who has never experienced it before. I can’t tell you how many people have shared about being nervous at their first session. It might be helpful to think about it like a first date. You are going to decide if this new therapist is a good fit, if you have good chemistry, if they “get you.” And like first dates, sometimes it takes a few “dates” to know if it’s right. Just know that you have the right to feel safe and comfortable, while still being challenged!


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