Christiana Ibilola Awosan
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Loss and grief
- Race and cultural identity
Dr. Christiana Ibilola Awosan is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Midtown West, Manhattan specializing in trauma, relationships, premarital counseling, and race and cultural identity. The focus of her practice is in supporting people of color and individuals with marginalized identities as they navigate the impacts of social and environmental traumas, with an emphasis on cultural, gender, and sexual identity. Additionally, she has expertise in couples counseling to help couples break free from toxic patterns and find renewed fulfillment.
Dr. Awosan takes special care in providing care that is culturally sensitive, validating, and change-oriented. She uses evidence-based techniques in her practice, tailoring her approach to each client's concerns. Working from a Multicultural Relational Perspective, she draws on Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman’s couple treatment methods, Solution-Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Dr. Awosan welcomes individuals, couples, families, and parents to her practice. She is excited to help her clients overcome difficult obstacles, reclaim their inner strength, and embrace their unique identity. Her practice is conveniently located steps from the 50th St 8th Ave subway station.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Premarital counseling – Providing a safe and neutral environment for couples to explore expectations and prepare for the rewards and challenges of marriage
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 and cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Spirituality – Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Dr. Awosan is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Individual sessions: $200/session (50min)
- Couples sessions: $220/session (50min)
- Family sessions: $240/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Dr. Awosan can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"On the fence about going to therapy? We hear you! And you being on the fence makes total sense to us. You don't want your 'business' out to a stranger. At Ibisanmi Relational Health, we know that this thought can stop you from moving towards your healing. We're glad that you're still reading even with this thought in mind. We understand it's difficult to start on the therapy path even if you know it's important to your healing process. This is why we're committed to taking this critical journey with you. We're here to understand you and the issues you're dealing with, help you move towards your healing, and reclaim your wholeness."
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)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Multicultural Relational PerspectiveMulticultural Relational Perspective is grounded in the belief that culture plays an integral role in influencing relationships. By focusing on a culture and its context, a more complete and accurate picture of hte human experience emerges. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Ibisanmi Relational Health
Seton Hall University, Assistant Professor, 2014 - Present
Drexel University, PhD in Couple and Family Therapy
Syracuse University, MA in Marriage and Family Therapy
Syracuse University, BS in Psychology