Kristin Thomson Bader
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, evening, and weekend appointments
Location (Murray Hill)
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Kristin Thomson Bader is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with two offices in Midtown, Manhattan. She is a certified Harm Reduction Psychotherapy specialist who offers psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. She holds groups for family members of people in recovery, as well as harm reduction groups for individuals managing ambivalence around addiction.
Kristin is an expert in supporting partners and family members of individuals actively struggling with addiction or entering early recovery. She provides counseling and coaching to those who are navigating fear, anger, and uncertainty during very stressful times. Her background and training include psychodynamic and humanistic theory, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), group work, motivational interviewing, as well as addictions, trauma, and couples work. She has a passion for psychology and is personally committed to her own growth, training, and expertise to better inform her practice.
Kristin sees clients of all ages and backgrounds for individual, couples, and family therapy. Her offices are conveniently located in mid-town East near Grand Central and her office hours are flexible.
Substance use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Family issues – Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress
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
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
Sex therapy – Addressing emotional, physical, and biological concerns related to sexual intimacy and functioning; education and skill building around topics such as erectile dysfunction, orgasms, low libido, shame, and history of abuse; improving communication to realize a fulfilling sex life
Sex addiction – Building strategies to reduce harmful sexual behaviors; coping with difficult emotions, thoughts, and urges; maintaining healthy relationships
Communication skills – Assistance with being more effective in relationships with their partners, families, and co-workers; using more effective methods of communication to convey their needs and respond to others in all types of situations
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
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Personality disorders – Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self harm – Building skills and supports to cope with emotional pain, suffering, and numbness; increasing positive meaningful life experiences
Kristin is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing individual sessions: $200/session (50min)
Initial/ongoing couples or family sessions: $240/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $160 - $200 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Kristin can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"People come talk to me for different reasons. Some want to develop new approaches to life and relationships, some are struggling with substance use and other forms of addiction, some are in a state of transition, and some are trying to move away from unhealthy patterns such as depression and anxiety. Many are couples coping with relational issues who want to grow emotionally and improve communication. For whatever reason you come to me, my aim as a therapist is to help you create a better, more fulfilling life by understanding yourself better and building upon your innate strengths.
My approach is collaborative and engaged. I try to create a safe, non-judgmental space for your process to unfold. For me, actively joining a client in the exploration, discovery and recovery that takes place in the therapy room is an essential component in building trust and comfort. One of my core beliefs is that is crucial to meet clients where they are in their process, whether they are coping with ambivalence around relationships or substance use or attachment challenges, and to help them achieve their journey to discover and achieve their personal goals. I look forward to working with you!”
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)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (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)
Integrative Harm Reduction PsychotherapyIntegrative harm reduction psychotherapy is an approach used reduce the problematic effects of behaviors. It's grounded in the belief that treatment must meet each individual where he or she is in order to make incremental steps in the right direction. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (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)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (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, 2013 - Present
New York Center For Living, Family Therapist, 2014 - 2017
Daytop Village, Psychotherapist, 2011 - 2013
Summit Malibu, 2010 - 2011
Antioch University, MA in Clinical Psychology, 2011
Columbia University, BA in English Literature, 1991