Kathryn Klingenstein

Kathryn Klingenstein

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments


Offers remote video sessions


Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Seniors (65+)


Mon: 11:00am-8:00pm
Tue: Unavailable
Wed: 11:00am-8:00pm
Thu: Unavailable
Fri: Unavailable
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationships

  • Couples counseling

  • Career counseling

  • Self-esteem

Professional statement

Kathryn Klingenstein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Midtown East, Manhattan. She welcomes individuals, couples, and families to her practice, where she offers highly tailored support for complex relationship dynamics, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem. She is sensitive to the influence of social and structural issues including patterns of family interaction, race, and class, is skilled at empowering each individual within a unit to find their voice.

Kathryn's approach is insight-oriented and focused on both the healing power of relationships and the painful emotions that they can contain. She helps clients to recognize what they carry with them from past experiences, let go of old coping strategies that no longer serve them, and successfully and lovingly communicate their needs.

Kathryn also enjoys working with professionals who are considering making a change in their career or relationships. Her goal is to equip each client with the necessary skills and self-awareness to find meaning at home and work. Her office is easily accessible from Grand Central and the 5th Ave and 51st 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)
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing from hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

General expertise

Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, career changes, empty nest, or retirement; 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
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others


  • Medicare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $200 (55min)

  • Ongoing sessions: $200/session (55min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of a minimum of $100 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Message to clients

“In my view, therapy is about paying attention to your life and listening to your most internal experience. You are the expert in your own life, and I am there to guide you through this process.”

Treatment approaches

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)
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)
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, 2017 - Present
NYC Counseling Group Practice, 2014 - 2017
Ackerman Institute for the Family, 2010 - 2017
Hospital for Special Surgery, 2011 - 2014
Legal Career, 1993 - 1998

Fordham University, MSW, 2010
Columbia University, JD, 1993
University of California at Berkeley, 1986