Alena Gerst


Alena Gerst


Not Accepting New Clients
Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Psychotherapist, Other
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 080282
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $200-300
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


New York City, New York 10024
New York City, New York 10034

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My Approach to Helping

You may be wondering how therapy can help you. My philosophy with each person who comes into my office: Nobody knows you better than you know yourself.

So if we all know ourselves so well, then why therapy?

The reasons for beginning therapy are as varied and unique as we are. Connecting with a licensed, experienced therapist who is a good fit is a great place to start. But only you can truly know what you need.

My approach is less directive than others. I will listen to what you say, and I will also listen to what you do not say. I will challenge your core beliefs from time to time, as I get a clearer idea of what you tell yourself is possible and what is not. I will enthusiastically support your growth through this process.

Throughout the process, we will uncover your desires, hopes, and ambitions. We will also explore ways in which you hold yourself back, and where those obstacles originated. Because, again, you know yourself best.

Whether you choose psychotherapy or therapeutic yoga (two separate services) in my practice, helping people discover and realize their truest desires, whether they be personal, professional, health-related, or simply to understand yourself more fully, is my passion, and my life's work.

More Info About My Practice

I have two office locations in Manhattan, with weekday morning, weekday evening, and weekend (Sunday) hours. Depending on your goals, we will work together to determine how often we meet, and the duration of your psychotherapy.

My Role as a Therapist

As a therapist, my role is first to listen. I will often reflect your issues back to you so you can hear them from another perspective. Very often when you are feeling stuck and unsure what to do next, you do already know the answer.

Through psychotherapy or therapeutic yoga, I will help you to reveal what you need in order to feel better. Sometimes this means I will challenge your self-talk and belief statements. Often you will feel deeply supported as you become more in touch with your true self and desires. You may not always leave your therapy sessions feeling "great," though there will be those days too, you will leave each session feeling hope.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

I became a therapist after a decade long career as a professional performing artist. While I presented myself as the "picture of health," I later came to discover, through my own work with a skilled therapist and other healing professionals, that while I appeared healthy, I was not "well." My career was strong, but the physical and emotional demands of the business slowly wore me down until I became depleted.

As I built my health back up through psychotherapy, yoga, and other complementary practices, healing and wellness became my passion.

I have trained and worked in New York City hospitals on oncology and general medicine units working with patients at their hospital bedsides, as well as in outpatient clinics focusing on women's issues, acute and chronic illness, depression, anxiety, and adjustment.

I continue to study and practice a healthy lifestyle in my personal and professional life. My clients can be assured that I am a therapist who "walks my talk."

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Fear
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Individuation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Perfectionism
  • Rejection
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP)

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