Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Substance use
- Couples counseling
- Family issues
- Young adult issues
Kristy Fitzgerald is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Flatiron, Manhattan specializing in relationships, family challenges, substance use, and trauma. She enjoys working with young professionals as they navigate the pressures of the working world, define the kinds of relationships they hope to be in, discover their identity separate from their family of origin, and make peace with traumatic past events. Kristy helps her clients gain insight into self-defeating patterns and thrive through self-exploration.
Kristy’s particular area of expertise is in addiction recovery. She helps clients explore the impact of substance use on their relationships and gradually reduce use over time by replacing substances with sustainable coping mechanisms. She also works with many trauma survivors and utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients heal at a comfortable pace.
Kristy offers individual, family, and couples counseling. She strives to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients and fosters a safe, supportive environment that facilitates self-development. Her office is located in Flatiron, nearby the East 23rd Street and 28th Street metro stations.
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Young adult issues – Navigating challenges related to family of origin, identity formation, peer and romantic relationships, and shifting expectations and responsibilities as an emerging adult
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Personality disorders – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience; includes narcissistic, dependent, and borderline personality disorders
Kristy is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Initial/ongoing individual sessions: $250/session (45min)
- Initial/ongoing couples or family sessions: $300/session (60min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Kristy can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"The decision to seek support can be a daunting one, which is why being a match for your specific needs is so important. I believe the foundation of effective therapy is developing a trusting relationship, and offering a safe and supportive environment, that fosters growth through self exploration and acknowledgement. I love to see clients gain insight, breakthrough old patterns, and ultimately thrive and feel empowered in doing so."
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)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)EMDR is a form of trauma treatment that helps process distressing memories and restore the brain's natural healing abilities, reducing the memories' lasting effects and allowing the person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. (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)
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)
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)
Jungian TherapyThe goal of Jungian therapy is to bring awareness to both the conscious and unconscious parts of the psyche, such that clients can move beyond symptom relief to create lasting change in relationships and emotional development. (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)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2014 - Present
New York Center for Living, Therapist, 2016 - 2017
LIU, Adjunct Professor, 2013 - 2014
Mercy College, MA Marriage and Family Therapy, 2010
Florida State University, BA, 2003