Tonya Lester, LCSW

Tonya Lester, LCSW

Professions: Coaching, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: License Clinical Social Worker - 080722
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 17313
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26 Court Street
Brooklyn, New York 11242 - United States
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I am an in-network provider for:

  • Cigna
  • Consolidated Health Plans

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Are you feeling stuck, unhappy, and unsure how to move forward with your life?

Do you tell yourself everything is fine but then find yourself pacing in the middle of the night, worried about what's next? You may feel like you are not living up to your potential and don't know how to get onto the right track.

Therapy can help.

In therapy you can learn to identify and eradicate long-standing obstacles, speak your truth, and build a life based on your values. It is an opportunity to reintroduce a sense of possibility to your life. The goal of therapy is to live an engaged, meaningful life, even through hard times, and to be able to self-correct when you veer off course.

Will therapy even work for me?

If you've tried therapy before and not had a good experience, it may have been that the therapist was not a good fit for you. Try again. This is your one life and you owe it to yourself to make it as meaningful and engaging as it can be.

Your life can be better than it is right now.

"It has been my distinct pleasure to have worked together with Tonya Lester. She is an unusually gifted psychotherapist as well as sincere, humorous, quick-witted, and compassionate. Her current and future patients are indeed fortunate to have found her." C.E. Robins, STD, PhD, Psychotherapist

Give yourself permission to move forward now.

Email or Call Tonya Lester, LCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 17313

More Info About My Practice

Groups: Life in Transition Group is an interpersonal therapy group helping adult men and women navigate their way through the ups and downs of life transitions in a safe, supportive environment. If you are interested in joining us, contact me.

My office is directly above the Borough Hall subway stop, making it convenient for people coming from Manhattan as well as Brooklyn.

My fee is $150 per individual session, $175 for couples, and $60 per group.

I offer a sliding scale for those dealing with financial hardship. I accept Cigna and CHP insurance and will assist you in receiving your out of network benefits from many other insurance companies.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

To be human is to struggle with sadness, worry, trauma and pain. However, these difficult times can create fertile soil where amazing growth can occur. I have had clients come out of incredibly low, dark, "stuck" periods and then gone on to create incredible positive change in their lives. It is such an immense honor to partner with people on this journey. This is my life's work and there is no other way I would rather spend my days.

Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work

I take an eclectic, individualized approach to therapy, but rely most heavily on my training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT emphasizes acceptance of what one cannot change, identifying values in order to make the meaningful changes that are within control, and then offering the support needed to see those changes realized. This model mirrors my own life philosophy, and my clients have had wonderful results with this approach. I believe it is preferable to stay present focused, and your history will only come up to the degree you find it helpful.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

I typically see clients once a week. It is very important to me that everyone I see feels that each session is valuable. I like to see people on 12 week cycles. At the first few sessions we look at problems and goals you want to address and then at the end of 12 weeks we see what progress has been made. We then decide whether to stop therapy, hopefully because the goals have been met, to make adjustments in the treatment to better reach the original goals, or to start a new cycle with new goals. This keeps both of us focused and productive.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Group Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Relationships and Marriage

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Psychodynamic

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