Gerry Fontan, PhD

Gerry Fontan

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments


 

Clientele

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Parents

Hours

Mon: 12:00pm-8:00pm
Tue: Closed
Wed: 12:00pm-8:00pm
Thu: 12:00pm-8:00pm
Fri: 12:00pm-8:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Career concerns
  • Substance use
  • Relationships
  • Existential challenges / crises

Professional statement

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.


Specialties

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

General expertise

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)


Insurances

Dr. Fontan is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • 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."



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


Languages

English