Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for morning and daytime appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Fear of flying
Sleep with ease
Kathy Gantz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, psychotherapist, and hypnotherapist on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Kathy specializes in a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and hypnotherapy to support clients with self-esteem and anxiety-related disorders. Whether clients are struggling with public speaking, stress management, fear of flying, weight loss management, or smoking cessation, she takes a results-driven approach to help her clients reach their mental and physical goals. In particular, she has worked extensively with businesspeople and athletes to help them become their best selves personally and professionally.
Kathy emphasizes the importance of the mind-body connection in achieving mental well-being. Before setting a treatment plan, she first takes in a thorough history to develop a course of action that accomplishes the client's goals. She believes in working with her clients as a team to achieve a comprehensive and proactive method of well-being.
Outside of the office, Kathy uses her expertise in hypnosis and psychotherapy to advise physicians and conduct research. She is a part of the New York Erikson Society for Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, where she learns new hypnotic techniques to give her clients the best possible methods to heal. Additionally, she is a trusted medical advisor at Beth Israel Hospital, the lead smoking-cessation hypnosis for the American Cancer Society, and a clinical researcher for Alzheimers in the Center for Brain and Health.
Hypnosis – A trance-like state that helps people to more open to accepting suggestions and addressing issues like overeating, smoking, weight loss and management, fear of flying, athletic performance, sleep challenges, public speaking, and pain management
Phobias – Intense fear of certain objects or situations
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
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
Pain management – Managing pain at work, e.g. Carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Kathy is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Ongoing sessions: $375 (90min)
Quit-Smoking program: $675 (150min)
Therapist's note: Kathy can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I love working with successful people to give them an edge. Through neurolinguistics, cognitive behavioral and mental training , change occurs more quickly. Well being is a verb. I like getting people into action. I often use a business plan to produce results."
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)
HypnotherapyHypnotherapy is guided hypnosis, or a trance-like state of focus and concentration achieved with the help of a clinical hypnotherapist.
NeurolinguisticsLanguage and sensory based interventions and behavior modification techniques to help improve confidence, self-awareness, and and communication skills.
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 1988 - Present
New York Society of Eriksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, Board member
The Center for Brain Health, Clinical researcher in Alzheimers
Hunter College, Masters of Social Work in Industrial Social Work and Psychology