NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy

NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy Sliding scale psychotherapy practice in NYC providing treatment to individuals 18+. We have a specia We’re here to help you feel better and make change.

We are a mental health practice with locations near Penn Station and Union Square in Manhattan. Our mission is simple: provide affirmative psychotherapy in a sustainable way to the community. By affirmative we mean that we do not view individuals from the perspective of being defective or needing to be fixed. We instead recognize the innate strengths that continue to allow people to function while

enduring difficult life circumstances. Challenging childhoods and distressing adult experiences, coupled with the toxic impact of systemic oppression, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia impact our mental health. We firmly believe that change is possible and that we as human beings grow in relationships where an empathic and attuned other bears witness to our struggles. You are not alone. Email or call us and lets take the next step together.

Happy Juneteenth!  May your day be filled with rest and joy!
06/19/2024

Happy Juneteenth! May your day be filled with rest and joy!

Whether you’re feeling the blues or anxious you don’t have to do it alone!  Check out our website to get scheduled with ...
06/13/2024

Whether you’re feeling the blues or anxious you don’t have to do it alone! Check out our website to get scheduled with a therapist that can help you.

We are in-network with multiple insurances: Aetna, WellFleet, United Healthcare, Humana, and Anthem.  Check out our webs...
06/12/2024

We are in-network with multiple insurances: Aetna, WellFleet, United Healthcare, Humana, and Anthem. Check out our website to learn more.

Wishing you and yours a joyous Pride Month!
06/01/2024

Wishing you and yours a joyous Pride Month!

Super excited to be one of the sponsors for this years Spice NYC Pride Event for q***r women taking place on June 29, 20...
05/24/2024

Super excited to be one of the sponsors for this years Spice NYC Pride Event for q***r women taking place on June 29, 2024 at 8pm. Check out this link for more information: spicenycpride.eventbrite.com.

04/28/2024

Trauma. It's a word often thrown around, carrying the weight of unspoken experiences. But what exactly is trauma, and how does it manifest in our lives?
Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that overwhelms a person's ability to cope. It can stem from a single event, like an accident or assault or repeated experiences of abuse or neglect. While the event may pass, the emotional and psychological wounds can linger long after.
However, some common symptoms include:

✔️ Intrusive thoughts and memories: Flashbacks, nightmares, or unwanted thoughts about the traumatic event can be persistent and disruptive.
✔️ Avoidance: People may avoid places, people, or situations that trigger trauma memories. This can lead to social isolation and difficulty functioning in daily life.
✔️ Hyperarousal: Being constantly on edge, easily startled, or having difficulty relaxing are all signs of a heightened alertness.

Healing from trauma is not easy, but it is doable and worth it. You are not broken. Trauma is a wound, but wounds can heal.
Book a remote consultation with us today: https://buff.ly/2UBYmqA

Quick Self-Care Break!  Take a minute to pause and appreciate yourself. Did you complete your basic self-care tasks like...
04/28/2024

Quick Self-Care Break! Take a minute to pause and appreciate yourself. Did you complete your basic self-care tasks like water and breakfast?
Staying mindful of your needs, even the simplest ones, keeps you grounded and energized.

04/27/2024

The LGBTQ+ community faces a significant financial burden, according to a new report by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). Nearly half (48%) of LGBTQ+ adults report financial insecurity compared to just a quarter of the general population. This gap widens even more for BIPOC and young LGBTQ+ individuals.

The report also highlights discrimination in accessing financial services (30%) and lower average earnings contributing to this economic hardship. The HRC emphasizes the need for awareness, policy changes protecting against discrimination, and inclusive practices by financial institutions.

Read the full article here to learn more about the report's findings and how you can get involved: The LGBTQ+ Community continues to face financial challenges - QnotesCarolinas.com.

The sting is especially sharp when it comes from a community that should be a haven.  LGBTQ+ people of color (QTIPOC) fa...
04/27/2024

The sting is especially sharp when it comes from a community that should be a haven. LGBTQ+ people of color (QTIPOC) face discrimination not only from the outside world but also from within the very community that should embrace them. This double dose of prejudice can lead to isolation, loneliness, and mental health struggles, compounding the existing challenges of racism and discrimination.

The fight for equality goes beyond sexual orientation and gender identity. White members within the LGBTQ+ community also have a role to play in being vocal bystanders speaking up against racist behavior and creating a space where everyone feels safe and respected, regardless of race or ethnicity.

It's quite unfortunate, but even though Jasmine Burobey-Shenton's insightful article was written years ago, the issue of...
04/26/2024

It's quite unfortunate, but even though Jasmine Burobey-Shenton's insightful article was written years ago, the issue of racism within the LGBTQ+ community remains a persistent stain. While we strive for acceptance and equality for all, racism continues to cast a long shadow, creating a hostile environment for LGBTQ+ people of color (QTIPOC).

Jasmine's story clearly illustrates this reality. Elected to a student-led LGBTQ+ organization hoping to create a safe space for all, she encountered a disheartening lack of interest from some members regarding events celebrating QTIPOC experiences. This isolation within a space meant to be inclusive is a stark reminder that the fight for equality extends beyond sexual orientation and gender identity.

Click here to read the entire blog, where Jasmine Burobey-Shenton dives deeper into her experiences and offers additional insights: https://buff.ly/3UF2mal

Our community must tackle this bigotry and not let it be swept under the rug, writes Jasmine Burobey-Shenton.

We're building bridges of understanding and acceptance for the LGBTQ+BIPOC community. We celebrate the beautiful diversi...
04/26/2024

We're building bridges of understanding and acceptance for the LGBTQ+BIPOC community. We celebrate the beautiful diversity of identities and orientations because love is love. We believe in a world where everyone feels empowered to express their authentic selves and connect with others in meaningful ways.


TikTok stars Mercury Stardust and Jory are making a massive impact by defying anti-transgender movements. Last year, the...
04/25/2024

TikTok stars Mercury Stardust and Jory are making a massive impact by defying anti-transgender movements. Last year, they smashed their fundraising goal on Trans Day of Visibility, raising $2 million for gender-affirming healthcare through a 30-hour livestream. This year, they're aiming even higher, setting a target of $4 million over a three-day livestream marathon. Want to learn more about their inspiring initiative and how you can get involved?
Read the full story here: https://buff.ly/4a563KV

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Mercury Stardust's annual TikTok livestream was interrupted by trolls this weekend — but the trans creator is dedicated to supporting gender-affirming care.

Don't wait to prioritize your mental well-being! Seeking help early for mental health concerns can make a world of diffe...
04/25/2024

Don't wait to prioritize your mental well-being! Seeking help early for mental health concerns can make a world of difference. It can:

➡️ Prevent problems from escalating: Addressing challenges early helps them feel more manageable and prevents them from spiraling out of control.

➡️ Lead to a faster recovery: Getting support early can shorten your healing journey and get you back on track quicker.

➡️ Equip you with coping skills: Therapy can teach you valuable strategies for dealing with stress and challenges, building resilience for the future.

Investing in your mental health today sets you up for a brighter tomorrow. We offer a supportive and confidential environment to help you navigate any challenges you might be facing.
Ready to take the first step? Visit our website, https://buff.ly/2UBYmqA to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment.

At NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy, we're on a mission to empower our LGBTQ+BIPOC community with accessible, affirming the...
04/24/2024

At NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy, we're on a mission to empower our LGBTQ+BIPOC community with accessible, affirming therapy. We believe in seeing you as a whole person, not just a problem to be fixed. Our approach is about building genuine connections and guiding you towards positive growth.

You'll always walk this path with others. A team of highly qualified therapists will support you. Each therapist has undergone extensive training, stays up-to-date on the latest advancements, and utilizes specialized techniques to tailor treatment to your unique needs.

What truly sets us apart? We're not just therapists but active members of the LGBTQ+ community. This lived experience allows us to offer understanding and empathy beyond traditional therapy.

We accept multiple insurances and offer a no-questions-asked sliding scale, making therapy accessible regardless of financial limitations. We foster a welcoming environment that centers the struggles and experiences of our community and its allies, creating a space for learning and growth for all. At NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy, we're committed to bridging the gap and making a real difference in our community's mental health landscape.

Schedule a therapy session for free with us today: NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy | Telehealth Counseling In New York


Prejudice and bigotry against transgender individuals, like all forms of discrimination, are not only harmful but can al...
04/24/2024

Prejudice and bigotry against transgender individuals, like all forms of discrimination, are not only harmful but can also be life-threatening. They poison our communities, perpetuate cycles of violence, and undermine the fundamental rights and dignity of transgender people. From systemic barriers to everyday acts of intolerance, transgender individuals face pervasive discrimination that impacts every aspect of their lives, which in turn has excellent effects on their mental health.

Let's work together to build a world where everyone can be themselves without fear of discrimination.

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There's a power that ignites from embracing your true self, a fire that burns brightest when you live authentically. Tha...
04/23/2024

There's a power that ignites from embracing your true self, a fire that burns brightest when you live authentically. That power? Your q***rness. It's not just a label; it's a force – a wellspring of courage fueling your journey toward a life of unapologetic self-expression.

🌟Remember, your q***rness is not a burden but a badge of honor. So, own it, flaunt it, and use it to fuel your journey towards a life that's vibrant, authentic, and undeniably you!

Happy Le***an Visibility Day and Week to all the le***ans around the world! 💚💛💜 This  is a time to celebrate the vibrant...
04/23/2024

Happy Le***an Visibility Day and Week to all the le***ans around the world! 💚💛💜 This is a time to celebrate the vibrant diversity and unwavering resilience within the le***an community. As we come together to honor our identities, experiences, and contributions, let us also recognize the challenges we face and our progress. From breaking stereotypes to advocating for equality, each of you plays a vital role in shaping a more inclusive and accepting world.

Let this week serve as a reminder of the power of visibility, solidarity, and love. We are solidly behind you in offering our support and hope you are celebrated today and all year round.

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Being kind to yourself doesn't mean ignoring areas for improvement. It's about striking a balance between self-acceptanc...
04/19/2024

Being kind to yourself doesn't mean ignoring areas for improvement. It's about striking a balance between self-acceptance and growth. Challenge yourself, strive to learn and evolve, but do so with a foundation of self-love. Remember, even the most magnificent oak tree started as a tiny acorn, weathering storms and growing at its own pace.

So, take a deep breath, acknowledge your worth, and shower yourself with the kindness and respect you deserve. This self-compassion will enrich your inner world and radiate outwards, creating a more positive and loving space for yourself and those around you.

Feeling overwhelmed by life's challenges can take a toll on your mental health. Our therapists offer a safe and supporti...
04/18/2024

Feeling overwhelmed by life's challenges can take a toll on your mental health. Our therapists offer a safe and supportive space to explore these difficulties and develop healthy coping mechanisms. We provide individual sessions with qualified professionals with a commitment to consistent progress. We understand that finances can be a concern, so we offer flexible cancellation policies and a sliding scale fee structure ($70-$175) to make therapy accessible.
We're in-network with multiple insurance providers, such as Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, and Wellfleet Student Insurance. Contact us today to invest in your well-being. NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy | Telehealth Counseling In New York

Jason Collins's words ring true: "Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it's a good place to start." In a wo...
04/18/2024

Jason Collins's words ring true: "Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it's a good place to start." In a world where biases and stereotypes persist, being open about who we are and what we stand for is a powerful act of defiance against discrimination.
While openness alone may not erase all prejudice, it creates an opportunity for dialogue, understanding, and empathy. It challenges misconceptions and fosters a culture of acceptance and inclusion. By embracing openness, we pave the way for change, one conversation at a time.

Let us stand together, proudly embracing our identities and advocating for a world where everyone is valued and respected for who they are. It may be just the beginning, but openness is indeed a crucial step towards a future of equality and justice for all. 🏳️‍🌈✨

Feeling stuck in a cycle of overthinking? It's common, but you can break free! Here are some tips for cultivating calm a...
04/17/2024

Feeling stuck in a cycle of overthinking? It's common, but you can break free! Here are some tips for cultivating calm and peace:
Focus on the present: Meditation, deep breathing, or yoga can help quiet your mind.

Challenge your thoughts: Are they based on reality or just worries? Replace negativity with positive affirmations.

Set boundaries on overthinking: Schedule designated reflection time, then shift your focus elsewhere.

Prioritize self-care: Do things you enjoy, relax, and get enough sleep. Nourish your body with healthy foods.

Recent data has shed light on a concerning rise in anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes within K-12 schools across the United States....
04/17/2024

Recent data has shed light on a concerning rise in anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes within K-12 schools across the United States. According to a Washington Post analysis of FBI data, hate crimes targeting LGBTQ+ students have more than doubled in recent years, with a quadrupling in states that have laws restricting the rights of LGBTQ+ students.🌈✊🏽

These hate crimes, ranging from intimidation to vandalism, are serious offenses that not only threaten the safety and well-being of LGBTQ+ students but also undermine the principles of inclusivity and acceptance that schools should uphold.
Get more details here: https://buff.ly/3wSA6Y7

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The data comes amid an ongoing explosion in anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

While talking about mental health is becoming more common, the LGBTQ+ community still faces unique challenges.  Statisti...
04/16/2024

While talking about mental health is becoming more common, the LGBTQ+ community still faces unique challenges. Statistics show higher rates of anxiety and depression due to ongoing prejudice and discrimination. These experiences can create significant emotional burdens. But the great news is that psychotherapy can help!

Why psychotherapy? This form of therapy is where you meet one-on-one with a licensed mental health professional to discuss your concerns in a safe and confidential space.
These sessions can be beneficial for the LGBTQ+ community for several reasons:

✅ Understanding your identity
✅ Coping with discrimination
✅ Building self-esteem
✅ Healthy relationships

NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community. Our team of experienced therapists understands your challenges and can provide a safe and affirming space for healing and growth. Don't hesitate to reach out for support – you deserve to feel happy, healthy, and empowered in your identity.

Book a consultation with us today: https://buff.ly/3uHqKey.

The path to healing isn't straightforward—it's more like a winding road with unexpected turns and detours. It's easy to ...
04/16/2024

The path to healing isn't straightforward—it's more like a winding road with unexpected turns and detours. It's easy to get caught up in how "far" you've come and feel frustrated when past hurts resurface.

But here's the truth: healing isn't a one-time fix. It's normal for past experiences to continue impacting you, even after significant progress. Those "setbacks" aren't steps backward but reminders that healing takes time and patience.
Instead of being discouraged by emotional triggers, try offering kindness and understanding. Beating yourself for not being "healed enough" hinders the process.

❤️ Remember, healing is a journey, not a destination. With self-compassion, embrace the ups and downs and celebrate every step forward, no matter how small.

It has become unfortunate that being black and LGBTQ+ means facing prejudice on multiple fronts. Racism and LGBTQ+phobia...
04/15/2024

It has become unfortunate that being black and LGBTQ+ means facing prejudice on multiple fronts. Racism and LGBTQ+phobia can combine to create a double burden, leaving black transgender youths feeling isolated and misunderstood. Imagine the constant pressure to conform to racial and societal norms while simultaneously wrestling with your sexual orientation or gender identity. It's a pressure cooker of emotions for young people who simply want to belong.

The Human Rights Campaign report has revealed that over 78% of Black transgender and gender-expansive youth have reported racism in the LGBTQ+ community, compared to 74.8% of their cisgender peers. Many report that they are not able to trust their white LGBTQ+ peers, with the percentage for both transgender and cisgender youth being above 60%.

Read more about this here: https://buff.ly/4406CUz

Advocates are using this research to create better safe spaces for Black LGBTQ+ youth

Sexuality is a spectrum, and exploring yours can be a powerful adventure! Here are some tips to guide you on this journe...
04/15/2024

Sexuality is a spectrum, and exploring yours can be a powerful adventure! Here are some tips to guide you on this journey of self-discovery.

💛 Educate yourself: Learn about different sexual orientations and identities. The more you understand the spectrum of possibilities, the better equipped you are to identify where you fit (or don't!).

💚 Give yourself time: There's no rush to figure everything out. Sexuality is fluid and can evolve. Be patient with yourself and enjoy the process of discovery.

🧡 Explore different forms of intimacy: This doesn't have to be physical! Explore emotional intimacy by having open and honest conversations about attraction with trusted friends or partners.

Exploring your sexuality is a personal journey. There's no right or wrong way to do it. Embrace the process, celebrate your discoveries, and, most importantly, have fun!

Here’s a reminder that our love is just as valid and deserving of recognition as anyone else's. And If you're scared to ...
04/14/2024

Here’s a reminder that our love is just as valid and deserving of recognition as anyone else's. And If you're scared to share your love because of what others might think, remember: "Love is too beautiful to hide." That means it's okay to show who you love, no matter what.
If you need someone to talk to or help figure things out, NYC Affirmative can be there for you. We're here to support you, no matter what. Reach out, and let's talk. 💖🏳️‍🌈

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As members of the LGBTQ+ BIPOC community, we stand at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities, but we also ...
04/14/2024

As members of the LGBTQ+ BIPOC community, we stand at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities, but we also carry within us a profound strength and resilience. Together, we uplift one another, creating spaces of belonging and empowerment where our voices are heard and our experiences are valued. Let these affirmations remind us of our inherent worth and power to shape a more inclusive and equitable world for future generations. 🏳️‍🌈✊🏽

Many LGBTQ+ individuals carry a hidden weight – internalized oppression. This internalized oppression happens when negat...
04/13/2024

Many LGBTQ+ individuals carry a hidden weight – internalized oppression. This internalized oppression happens when negative messages and stereotypes about their identities become internalized, leading to feelings of self-doubt, shame, and even self-hatred.

Imagine constantly swimming against a current of negativity. That's what it can be like growing up or living in a society that doesn't fully embrace LGBTQ+ identities. This constant pressure to conform can leave deep emotional scars, making it difficult to express yourself and live authentically.

This internalized struggle can hinder mental well-being and enjoying life to the fullest.
At NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy, we recognize the impact of internalized oppression and provide spaces for healing and empowerment. Send us a message today to book a free consultation session with us: NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy | Telehealth Counseling In New York

Pangender is a gender identity that encompasses all genders.  If traditional labels like "man" or "woman" don't quite fi...
04/10/2024

Pangender is a gender identity that encompasses all genders. If traditional labels like "man" or "woman" don't quite fit, and you feel a connection to multiple genders or all of them, pangender might be an excellent way to understand yourself.

Could You Be Pangender? Here's How to Know! ✨
Gender fluidity on steroids: You experience a spectrum of genders, but it's not limited to a binary or a few specific identities.

Gender labels feel restrictive: Existing terms don't capture the full range of your gender experience.

Connection to all genders: You feel a sense of belonging or identification with masculinity, femininity, and everything in between (and beyond!).

Expressing yourself freely: You enjoy playing with gender expression through clothing, pronouns, or activities, and societal expectations do not limit you.

Remember, gender identity is a personal journey. If pangender resonates with you, embrace it! There's no right or wrong way to be pangender.

If you're exploring your identity and think you might be pangender, or if you're seeking a deeper understanding of pangender, our team is here to provide guidance and support. We offer a safe, inclusive space to explore and understand your identity. Book a session with NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy today to start your journey of self-discovery and acceptance. 🌟

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Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
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NYC AFFIRMATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY LCSW PLLC is a community focused sustainable sliding scale mental health practice in Manhattan providing treatment to individual adults ages 18+. Our mission is simple: provide affirmative psychotherapy in a sustainable way to the community. By affirmative we mean that we do not view individuals from the perspective of being defective or needing to be fixed.

We instead recognize the innate strengths that continue to allow people to function while enduring difficult life circumstances. Challenging childhoods and distressing adult experiences, coupled with the toxic impact of systemic oppression, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and xenophobia impact our mental health. Our goal is to fill a gap in mental health services provided to those that are historically marginalized and disenfranchised; we are especially committed to serving q***r communities of color. We also strive to be culturally aware and trauma-informed. And, most importantly, we’re here to help you feel better and make change.

We firmly believe that change is possible and that we as human beings grow in relationships where an empathic and attuned other bears witness to our struggles. You are not alone. Lets take the next step together.

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