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Vanessa Kensing, LCSW CASAC
Lead Therapist, Owner

why am I a therapist

Over the years I have answered this question differently. Initially I thought I was just a good listener who was interested in human behavior. But as I've aged and matured I see more clearly how my developmental experiences have guided and shaped me into an empathetic, genuine, and safe figure, with an active mind that seeks out solution from stuck-ness. Currently as I continue to engage in my own therapeutic and self care practice, I find that the deepening relationship with myself and my past, provides motivation and excitement to do great therapeutic work with others. 

my therapeutic style

Having a diverse educational background provides me with a flexible approach to therapy. I ultimately believe that therapy is about someone being witness to your pain, hurt, confusion, etc., and collaboratively unearthing why you are experiencing that and how to heal. This process is made possible through warmth, empathy and attunement to your emotions, needs and motivations. I draw from humanistic psychology, attachment theory, psychodynamic theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy),  and put a primary focus on the relationship between the mind and body.  

education & job history

I completed my undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Several years later I came to New York to attend the New School of Social Research. There I obtained my Master in Psychology with a Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling. And most recently I obtained my Master in Social Work at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

I have worked as a staff therapist at several substance abuse and mental health clinics and as an associate therapist in several private practice settings. I have experience working with those who have anxiety, trauma, addiction issues, codependency issues,  and personality disorders. If you are interested in my full job history, it can be found on LinkedIn

just for fun

When I'm not at work, I'm likely either watching something on Netflix or HBO, or listening to a podcast. My friends joke that most of my sentences start with "On this podcast I listened to...". I also love going out to eat and taking dance classes, although not in that order. And lastly, I love reading, but usually just reread Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, because you can't do much better than that! 


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Alexandra Haselbeck, LMSW
Associate Therapist

why am I a therapist

I believe that each individual has the innate capacity for growth and personal evolution. It’s my aim to support clients to feel understood and safe in exploring their challenges so they might access greater clarity of their true self. I believe this is achieved by creating a therapeutic space that allows for deep mutuality, collaboration and a sense of possibility. I embrace the opportunity to work with clients to explore how past experiences have informed current thoughts, beliefs and patterns of behavior and to examine negative thought cycles and develop healthier coping patterns. I am committed to co-creating space with clients and learning others' narratives.

my therapeutic style

I practice an eclectic approach to therapy and utilize elements of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and mindfulness-based techniques. I have specialized experience working in issues of trauma, sexuality, anxiety, depression and disability and am committed to supporting survivors of trauma navigate their stories with compassion in place of shame. I have had the privilege of working with clients of a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities and am dedicated to inclusivity and diversity in the clients that I serve.

education & job history

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in NYS. I graduated with my Master's in Social Work (MSW) at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, where my focus was Clinical Social Work. Prior to that that I received my Bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where I majored in Journalism and Women's Studies. I've spent more than a decade working in social justice settings, specializing in areas such as mental health rights, disability inclusivity and criminal justice reform. I'm committed to providing strengths-based, trauma-informed care through an anti-oppressive lens.

just for fun

I'm a long-time yoga practitioner, book-lover and traveler; I love learning about new places and cultures. Currently I'm working on becoming fluent in Spanish and exploring as many small towns in the Catskills as possible!