Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments at his Lower Manhattan office; has limited morning availability at his Brooklyn office
Location (Lower Manhattan)
Offers remote video sessions
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Divorce and breakups
Jeffrey Kishner is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Lower Manhattan specializing in helping adults navigate relationship and intimacy challenges. Jeffrey supports his clients to increase closeness and more fully engage in both romantic relationships and friendships. He also sees clients who are struggling with compulsive sexual behavior or romantic obsessions.
Jeffrey's approach is psychodynamic and relational. He works with clients to explore deep-rooted patterns and tendencies, bringing about an increased awareness of their subconscious habits and developing more effective coping strategies. He uses his relationship with clients as a mirror of what happens outside the therapy room, allowing them to closely examine the way they relate to partners and learn to how to bring their best and most authentic self to the relationship.
Jeffrey enjoys helping clients develop boundaries so they can enter into a healthy relationship that is full of love and respect. Ultimately, he wants every one of his clients to determine the type of partnerships that work for them, learn to recognize them when they appear, and make changes when they differ. Jeffrey is sex-positive and poly and kink friendly, and looks forward to welcoming clients at his office, a short walk from Wall St, Fulton St, and Cortland St stations.
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
Divorce and breakups – Questioning or feeling unsatisfied in your relationship; contemplation and navigation of separation; addressing issues of power, voice, and communication challenges
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating; helps clients navigate infidelity
Sex compulsivity – Building strategies to reduce harmful sexual behaviors; coping with difficult emotions, thoughts, and urges; maintaining healthy relationships
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
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Initial/ongoing sessions: $160/session (50min)
Message to clients
“Are you struggling with sex, love or relationship issues? I can help. Perhaps you are having difficulty moving on from or deepening a commitment to a relationship. You feel isolated or resentful, possibly because you're not effectively communicating your needs. Maybe your sexual behavior interferes with your relationships, self-image, or productivity. You feel anxious, depressed. My goal is to help you manage these difficult feelings and develop strategies to build a more fulfilling life.
I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor who provides a safe, non-judgmental space where we can work through any difficulties you have honoring your needs and being authentic in partnerships. I also work with individuals struggling with sexually compulsive behavior or romantic obsession.
I am affirmative of all genders, sexualities, and relationship structures, and am kink-positive. In my work, I use a combination of treatment approaches to unearth your unconscious, challenge your thought patterns, and help you become more mindful and grounded.”
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)
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
Private Practice, 2018 - Present
Park Slope Center for Mental Health, Psychotherapist, 2003 - 2006
California Institute of Integral Studies, MA, 1999
Cornell University, BA, 1992