Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Career concerns
- Substance use
- Existential challenges / crises
Dr. Fontan is a licensed psychologist whose private practice is based out of Union Square in New York City. Dr. Fontan is dedicated to working with a diverse client population and to addressing a broad range of mental health concerns. He specializes in helping adults of all ages with anxiety, depression, relationships issues, addictions, career related stress, life transitions, culture and identity, and stress management. His approach to therapy is collaborative and involves the integration of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral, and Psychodynamic models in order to meet the unique needs of each client.
Dr. Fontan has more than 15 years experience working in the mental health field, and his past clinical experience includes positions at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, The New York Neurological Institute, Jacobi Medical Center, and the VA system. Dr. Fontan has also served as an adjunct professor at Fordham University and John Jay College.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Career concerns – Learning to utilize and highlight strengths, effective and practical stress-management, focusing on fulfillment, utilizing communication skills, and enhancing efficiency to reduce burnout
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Dr. Fontan 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 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Dr. Fontan can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"It isn’t easy to face our fears and confront the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that we have been avoiding and trying to distract ourselves from. Therapy can help you to stop avoiding these challenging aspects of your life while working towards the attainment of your goals and a more rich, full and meaningful life. It is my mission to help guide you along this journey in a manner that is collaborative and respectful of where you are in the process. I provide individual psychotherapy for adults as well as coaching and consultation services for career related concerns and those experiencing life transitions."
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive 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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2012 - Present
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Adjunct Professor, 2009 - 2014
New York Neurological Institute/Columbia University Medical Center, Psychologist, 2010 - 2012
VA/NY Harbor Healthcare System, Psychologist
Jacobi Medical Center, Intern, 2008 - 2009
Fordham University, PhD, 2009
Fordham University, BS, 1998