Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Life transitions
Monica Nastasi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an office in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She sees clients navigating anxiety, depression, trauma, mindfulness, relationships, life transitions, and mind-body alignment. Her particular area of specialty is combining traditional talk therapy with mindfulness practices, including meditation and breathwork. She highlights the importance of the mind-body connection, helping clients feel more attuned to sensations and grounding in the body.
Monica offers a holistic approach to mental and physical well-being, tailoring her approach to each client’s unique concerns. As a Reiki Master, she also offers gentle hands-on sessions to alleviate physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. Monica is dedicated to creating a warm, supportive environment, conducive to facilitating healing and growth. In the office will often be a sweet (hypoallergenic and non-shedding) therapy dog unless otherwise requested.
Monica welcomes clients of all ages to her practice for individual psychotherapy and family counseling. Her office is located by the Bedford Avenue subway station.
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
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Mindfulness – Cultivating mindfulness skills to improve emotion regulation and enhance quality of life
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
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
Mind-body alignment – Using behavioral, psychological, social, expressive, and spiritual approaches to strengthen the relationship between mind and body.
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
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
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
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Perinatal mental health – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Monica is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Initial/ongoing sessions: $175/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $125 - $175 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"If you are looking for relief from daily stressors, support during a life transition, are working through a traumatic experience, or even in need of intensive therapy for more difficult emotional and mental health issues, I will work with you in an individualized process to create change and growth in your life. I help individuals of all ages using therapeutic techniques that are tailored to meet each person's specific and unique needs. I also work with parents and families seeking to restore equilibrium and health within the family system.
Integrating techniques of traditional psychotherapy with practices like meditation, body awareness, mindfulness, and breath-work, I will guide you in unlocking your inner healing abilities to find peace and happiness. We will share a safe environment and connect to the mind, body, and soul to bring growth to yourself and relationships."
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)
Family Constellation Therapy Family Constellation helps individuals recognize difficult situations from their family; the interventions that are involved in this approach allows understanding and acceptance between family members. (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)
ReikiReiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being. (learn more)
Somatic ExperiencingSomatic experiencing relieves the symptoms of PTSD and trauma-related health problems by focusing on one's perceived body sensations. They allow individuals to become more aware and release the physical tension that results from trauma. (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
Manhattan Charter Middle School, 2011 - 2013
Day Treatment School for Emotionally Disturbed Children and Teenagers, 2009 - 2013
NY Presbyterian Hospital, Outpatient Child Psychiatry Clinic, 2009
Center for Neurofeedback and Integrative Health, 2006 - 2007
New York University, MSW
Penn State University, BA in Psychology