David Kelly Gwin
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Marriage and Family Therapist, MFT
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
David Kelly Gwin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Midtown, Manhattan. With a background in marriage and family therapy, the focus of his practice is in couples counseling. He is passionate about working with couples to reconcile differences, improve communication, and restore a positive connection. By facilitating an open dialogue, Kelly helps couples make actionable changes and develop insight into relationship patterns. In addition to couples counseling, he sees individuals for concerns related to anxiety, depression, identity development, existential challenges, and career counseling.
Kelly's style is interactive and action-oriented. His work with couples is informed by Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), in which he has been extensively trained. Depending on each client’s specific needs, he draws upon cognitive or psychodynamic approaches as well.
Friendly and supportive, Kelly strives to create a safe environment for open and honest conversation. His Madison Ave office is conveniently located steps away from Grand Central.
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
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
Identity development – Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values
Existential challenges – 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
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
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
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
David is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $250/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $200 - $250 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: David can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"I am an interactive psychotherapist with advanced experience in Couples Therapy, Cognitive Therapy and Modern Psychodynamic Therapy. I help individuals and couples suffering from symptoms of depression, anxiety or problems in their relationships. Often clients come to me feeling stuck or confused about relationships and careers that keep them from engaging more fully in life. I help them to understand the problems, remove the obstacles, and live a life more in tune with their true nature. Having grown up in a family of therapists and worked through many of my own similar issues, I know personally and professionally the vast rewards of good therapy.
I work eclectically on relieving symptoms of depression and anxiety while assisting my clients in clearly understanding their own way of thinking, feeling, and behaving. At times I will use a more cognitive approach and other times a more psychodynamic approach. The orientation depends upon the client's specific needs.
I offer a safe, warm, friendly environment where we can communicate openly with one another and work on the issues at hand; it is a healthy and informative process where clients find that not only the relationship with themselves improve, but also those with others."
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)
Emotionally Focused Couples TherapyFocuses on building secure, lasting bonds between intimate partners and family members with the goal of increasing security, closeness, and connection in intimate relationships. (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)
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)
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)
Education and work experience
Certificate in Emotional Focus Therapy for Couples
Certificate in Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
New York School of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Antioch University, MFT, 1996