Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Offers remote video session options on Tuesdays
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Tue (second and fourth of every month): 9:00am-6:00pm (remote video sessions only)
Wed: 8:30am-12:30pm; 2:00pm-4:00pm
Specialties & expertise
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Dr. Kristel Carrington is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist in Midtown, Manhattan who specializes in treating problems such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, spectrum illness, OCD, psychosis, relationship challenges, personality concerns, and addiction. A majority of her clients are in their 20s and 30s and are navigating challenges surrounding their careers and identity. Dr. Carrington helps them determine who they truly are and what they want out of life.
Dr. Carrington offers both medication management and psychotherapy, depending on the client’s needs and goals. She utilizes an eclectic treatment approach that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness practice, and Psychodynamic principles. She also has training in Exposure Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), which has been proven an effective treatment for individuals with OCD. When working with clients who are experiencing anxiety, Dr. Carrington spends time educating them on what anxiety is and how it affects different individuals.
Dr. Carrington completed her adult psychiatry training at NYU Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital, and the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital. She obtained an MD from the Yale School of Medicine and an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Columbia University. Her office is conveniently located near the 57th and Columbus Circle train 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 of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Mindfulness – Practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present
Bipolar disorder – Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Addictions – Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
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
Insomnia – Addressing problems related to lack of restful sleep including difficulty falling asleep, waking often, and restless sleep
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
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Substance use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Dr. Carrington is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial evaluation: $450 (60min)
Psychotherapy sessions: $325 (45min)
Medication management: $225
Therapist's note: Dr. Carrington encourages clients to review their insurance out-of-network benefits since they can get reimbursed for a portion of the session costs. She can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
“I care about helping you understand yourself. I do this by engaging you in an exploration of your mind, behavior, and relationships. I want to help you enhance your self awareness and identify what holds you back in life. My goal is to create a safe space to come and say whatever is on your mind. Symptom relief is not the only goal. I hope to help you discover your best self, take steps toward change, and thrive.”
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)
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)
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
PACT, Team Psychiatrist, 2017 - Present
NYULMC, Residency, 2012 - 2016
Yale School of Medicine, 2012
Columbia University, 2007