Counseling and Therapists

Abel, Robert J., DNP, PMHNP-BC
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Medication for mood, anxiety and attentional disorders is a tool to help improve function and ability to work on emotional problems. Medication should be prescribed in the smallest doses and carefully monitored after the individual is completely informed about how it will feel and what to expect.

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Barneson, Jeff, LCSW
Address: 119 Washington Place, Suite C
New York, NY
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I earned my MSW from New York University and went on to complete six years of postgraduate training at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center in Manhattan.

I have been active in the mental health field since 2005, having worked at CSEDNY, an intensive outpatient chemical addiction program, Saint Mark’s Place Institute for Mental Health, a community based outpatient mental health clinic and at the Gay and Lesbian Affirmative Psychotherapy division of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy.

My experience has encompassed working with children, adolescents and adults, individuals dealing with substance abuse and addiction issues, early trauma, PTSD, issues of sexual and gender identity and HIV and AIDS.

In addition, my previous career was in the fitness industry, which has allowed for a unique understanding of the mind/body connection as well as issues related to body dysmorphia, compulsive exercising and eating related disorders. Actually, it was my experience as a trainer that led me to social work as I invariably found that success with clients came from working from the ‘inside out’; that many of the obstacles we encounter in the physical world can be linked to negative self beliefs and reflexive ways of being that limit our strength and agency, both in body and spirit.

Identifying these patterns can be an important part of the therapeutic process and a stepping stone towards more control and fulfillment in all aspects of your life.

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Blatter, Andrew, LCSW
Address: 244 Fifth Avenue, Suite 9F
New York, NY
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I am a psychotherapist who has been in private practice in NYC since 2002. My initial training was at New York University where I received my Masters Degree in Social Work. I am a graduate of the psychoanalytic training program at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center. PPSC is a progressive analytic institute that melds the best of traditional and contemporary strains of psychoanalytic thought and my approach is informed by the values of openness and respect emphasized in my training at PPSC.

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Bloom Psychotherapy NYC
Address: 19 W 34th Street, PH
New York, NY
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Feel Safe and Understood

As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, there are daily reminders that it’s not always safe to be yourself. Even though New York City is more open and accepting than most places in the country, it can still be hard.

Sexuality and Gender

How you identify in terms of your sexuality and gender is probably only one of the many things that make you the interesting and complex person you are today. The last thing you may want to have to do in therapy is explain your gender or sexuality. Of course, issues around gender or sexuality may come up, but chances are you don’t want either of them to be the main focus of the work.

Affirmative Support

There are a number of issues that are specific to our community, such as alternative relationship structures, gay parenting, and internalized and externalized homophobia and transphobia, to name a few. At Bloom, our clinicians work from a place of compassion and empathy as you work through whatever brings you to therapy.

Transgender and Gender Expansive Children, Tweens & Adolescents

Supporting your child or family member is a transition for everyone. At Bloom, our clinicians are specially trained to work with transgender and gender expansive children, tweens, and adolescents. We can also work with the whole family, as transitioning can be an adjustment for everyone.

Coming Out

While it may be easier today for some people to come out, we still live in a culture where it’s not necessarily easy or safe to come out in the first place. Needing to hide or keep part of yourself secret can create an environment ripe for fear, rejection, or sadness.

Family Struggles

While some may be lucky enough to be loved and supported by their family, there are still those who can’t be fully open or transparent with everyone in their world. Having to live two or more separate lives can weigh on you after awhile. How can you be strong enough to live authentically, regardless of the consequences?

We are a client-centered, strength-based, confidential private practice.

If you are struggling with:

Anxiety or Depression
Relationship issues
Feelings of being generally overwhelmed
Post college/early career decisions
Disordered eating or other self-harming behaviors
Intense stress
Managing changing life roles
Body Dysmorphia
Self esteem
Grief and loss
Work issues
Family or life transitions
Complex Trauma
Substance use
Fertility Issues and/or PCOS
Sexual Assault
Domestic Violence

We can help. Our therapists are affirming and also experienced in working with:
Alternative Life Styles
Sex Workers
Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Individuals

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Braga, Kevin L.C.S.W.
Address: 250 W 57th Street, Ste 501
New York, NY
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My name is Kevin and I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist. As a highly skilled and trained therapist, I work with individuals, couples, and groups, taking a collaborative approach to the treatment of anxiety, depression, substance use/misuse, and overall relationship issues. In addition, I have a special interest in working with the LGBT community. My approach draws upon Motivational, Psychodynamic and Interpersonal traditions. Subsequently, I believe what makes therapy most effective is the relational fit between the therapist and the client. I would describe myself as having an integrative approach, which varies and adapts to your unique needs, strengths, and goals for your therapy. I obtained my Masters in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University in 2006. My undergraduate degree is from the University of California, Berkeley, where I studied Psychology. I have completed several post-graduate training programs including a psychodynamic/analytic program at The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and a group psychotherapy training program from The Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society (EGPS). I have also had additional training in Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy. I am a member of both the National Association of Social Workers and the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

LGBT Issues

Psychotherapy is an invaluable tool for LGBTQ-identified people. Affirmative therapy can help you improve your relationship with others and with yourself. My approach is extremely sensitive to the social stigma, and homo/bi/trans-phobia, that permeate our society and often complicate the life of those who so identify.

My practice has helped people with the coming-out process, medical and sexual health and behavior, and overall increasing of self-worth from the shame, judgment, and stigma that can sometimes plague the community.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse

I work closely with both the person currently using/abusing drugs and alcohol, and the people whom are impacted by their loved one’s use. One size doesn’t fit all. Are you looking to abstain from all drugs and alcohol? Great. I can assist you with that. Are you looking to cut back your current use of alcohol, to eliminate the problems it’s creating in your life? Excellent. I can also help you figure that out.

I offer a self-empowering, comprehensive, and individualized approach, utilizing Integrative Harm Reduction and Motivational Enhancement Therapies.

Depression & Anxiety

Most people feel anxious or depressed at times. Going through a loss, changing jobs, divorce, or other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely, scared, or nervous. These are normal reactions to life’s many stressors. However, you may feel you experience these feelings more often, even daily, and for no apparent reason. You may find that these feelings are making it more difficult to function in your daily life. If so, it may be time to seek a professional to explore your options for potential treatment. Both of these disorders are highly treatable, either alone or together.

My approach to treatment is specifically tailored to each of my clients, however, my treatment ‘lens’ is through a focused, integrated approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness Based Psychotherapies.

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Cardiner, Barry M., MBNA, MA, MFT
Address: 8430 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suite 100 West Hollywood CA
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Today you are one step closer to a new you, where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

Providing individual, couples and family counseling.

Treatment specialization includes:

Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Individual Counseling
Couples Counseling
Family Counseling
Relationship Issues
Abusive Relationships
Childhood Abuse Issues
Parenting Support
Grief Counseling
Work and Career issues
Stress Management
Addiction & Recovery
Conflict Resolution
HIV and other illnesses

I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for.

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Address: 148 W 23rd Street
New York, NY
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Address: 8235 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
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Mr. Rick Edward Carter is a Marriage and Family Therapist based out of West Hollywood, California, and his medical specialization is Marriage & Family Therapy. He practices in West Hollywood, and has the professional credentials of MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist). The NPI Number for Mr. Rick Edward Carter is 1528198702 and he holds a License No. MFC38540 (California).

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Cason, Gregory L. Ph.D
Address: 566 S San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
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Individual counseling and psychotherapy
Couple and relationship counseling
Career testing and counseling Supervision and Training

I use a cognitive-behavioral approach and have expertise in gay issues, men’s’ issues, HIV mental health, stress and anxiety treatment, relationship issues, and career concerns. I also have experience in treating most mental disorders affecting adults.

Here’s the most imporant thing you need to know: I love this profession and work constantly to hone my craft. I never took short cuts in either my education or my training. I continue that path of skill-building today. As a result, I stay sharp, confident, and my abilities continue to grow.


Licensed Psychologist (PSY15781) in California since 1998
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC12981) in Texas since 1995
Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive Therapy (#1072)
Diplomate, American Psychotherapy Association (#10496)
Health Service Provider in Psychology, National Register (#44702)
UCLA Clinical Faculty (Cognitive Behavioral Clinic at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA)


Ph.D., University of Houston in Counseling Psychology (APA Accredited)
M.A., California State University, Northridge in Community-Clinical Psychology
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Internship in Professional Psychology — The University of Texas at Austin (APA Accredited)
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology — UCLA (APA Accredited)
Summer Fellowship in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy at the Albert Ellis Intitute in NYC


Cognitive-behavioral therapy which is interactive, goal-oriented, and scientifically supported.
Other Services: Career & Personality Testing, Coaching/Consultation, and Lectures/Workshops.
Services for Adult Men,Women, and Couples.
Speciality treatment areas: Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Relationships, Sexuality issues, Addictions, Career/Goal achievement, and the concerns of Lesbians and Gay Men
Office in West Hollywood/Beverly Hills area (near Cedars Sinai Hospital and the Beverly Center).

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