Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW-R
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Offers remote video sessions
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Christine Grounds is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a practice in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York. Christine specializes in working with individuals in their 20s and 30s who are either navigating a life transition or a career change. She also has extensive experience working with parents across the lifespan, including first-timers or parents of kids with special needs. In addition, many of her clients have depression and/or anxiety and come see her because of issues within relationships, a lack of relationships, or loneliness.
Christine’s treatment approach is relational and eclectic. She describes her style as active and collaborative. In sessions, Christine works with clients to address current or long standing issues. She helps them “re-frame” their reactions and provides them with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles.
To gauge how much progress is being made, Christine periodically checks in with patients to ask them how they feel the process is going, both in terms of their internal experiences and with external relationships.
Christine earned her Master’s in Social Work from New York University and has been in practice for over 16 years. She also holds certificates in both Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Supervision from the Training Institute for Mental Health.
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support; working with parents of children with special needs
Mindfulness – Practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present
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 of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Existential crisis – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
LGBTQIA topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
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
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Christine is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $200 (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $150 - $200 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Christine can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. If you and Christine are not able arrive at a mutually agreed upon fee, she will offer referrals to colleagues to ensure that you get the help that you want.
Message to clients
“My goal is to help you make the changes that you want. Together we will create an environment of collaboration without judgment where you feel comfortable being yourself.”
Treatment approachesExistential 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)
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)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (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
Private Practice, 2005 - Present
The Training Institute, Clinical Director, 2010 - 2018
Certificate in Clinical Supervision, 2010
Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, 2006
New York University, MSW, 2000 - 2002