Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments
Offers remote video sessions
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Loss, grief, and bereavement
Diane Brennan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Midtown, Manhattan. She specializes in grief and has extensive experience offering short-term support for young adults. The majority of her clients are professionals in their 20s or 30s who are navigating a first-time loss. Many individuals who come to Diane want to work through existential issues and ultimately find a way to heal.
Diane’s sessions are client-centered in that she invites her clients to give their opinion and guide sessions. She uses an eclectic combination of modalities, drawing on cognitive-based therapies, a narrative approach, and constructivist approaches. She is also experienced in facilitating creative expression in the therapy room, including through art, music, and guided meditation. Diane knows that grief is such a unique process, so she strives to create an individualized treatment plan that works for the individual she is treating.
Diane offers a safe space where clients can work through their grief and loss along with any other challenges they are facing. Outside of individual therapy, Diane facilitates groups and workshops around grief and bereavement. Her office is located near the 57th Street subway station.
Loss, grief, and bereavement – 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
Caregiver stress – Feeling overwhelmed, isolated and tired related to caring for a loved one. Difficulty relaxing, poor sleep, losing interest in activities you used to enjoy.
End-of-life – Receiving a terminal diagnosis, death anxiety, processing feelings and thoughts about the dying process, life review, helping individuals and family members accept impending death, navigate choices and decisions regarding advanced directives and caregiving
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
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
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
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Diane is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
Therapist's note: Diane can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“Together we will find the path through your grief and identify ways for you to heal from your loss. I will work with you and meet you where you are at in your grieving process. My clients learn how to have happier days and get their life back into balance. There is no right or wrong way to grieve—it is unique to you and your experiences.”
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)
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)
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, 2015 - Present
VNSNY Hospice & Palliative Care, Visiting Nurse Service, 2012 - 2014
Metlife, 2005 - 2012
UBS, 1999 - 2005
New York Life, 1997 - 1999
Dreyfus, 1992 - 1997
Scudder Stevens & Clark, 1991 - 1992
Gabelli & Co, 1989 - 1991
Mitsui & Co, 1988 - 1989
Pace University, M.S. in Mental Heath Counseling with a concentration in Loss, Grief & Bereavement, 2011
Marist College, B.S., Business with concentration in Finance, Minor in Political Science, 1988