Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Gender identity & transgender health
Charles Thompson-Shealy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Midtown, Manhattan who runs an anti-oppressive practice that primarily works with members of the LGBTQIA community, including people of color. He has a deep understanding of the nature of internalized oppression and is passionate about helping individuals who are navigating their identity and/or sexuality.
He also has extensive experience in trauma, including working as domestic violence counselor for queer and transgender individuals and has an understanding of what it looks like when it is not a male perpetrator vs a female victim. Charles also has experience working with adults who are transitioning and working with health providers to ensure their needs and goals are being met.
Charles takes a client-centered, client-led approach and develops an individualized treatment plan that works for them. He helps his clients check in with their body to gain a better understanding of the connection between their mental and physical health. When appropriate, Charles incorporates expressive arts therapy to help his clients feel more comfortable and mindful.
As a third-generation Mexican-American who grew up on the Mexico border, Charles has strived to develop a safe space for individuals of all races, cultures, genders, and backgrounds. His goal is to make his clients feel as comfortable as he can so they can begin to heal and find their voice.
Gender identity & transgender health – Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition
LGBTQIA topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Mindfulness – Using techniques like breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and manage day-to-day stress
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Race & cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Charles is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $200/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $100 - $200 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Charles can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“Anyone can find it isolating when you don't feel seen or heard by others. It can also be a struggle to live in an oppressive world. Maybe you are out of resources and everything keeps demanding more. These stresses mount if we don't have the community support we need to take care of ourselves. You know these problems because you've probably dealt with them your whole life in some shape or form. Reaching out for help can be the hardest but most important first step to break that isolation.”
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Cenote Therapy Private Practice, 2019 - Present
Hudson Guild Outpatient Mental Health Center, 2015 - 2019
Institute for Human Identity, 2015 - 2016
Smith College School for Social Work, MSW, 2015