Tonya Lester


Tonya Lester


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Life Coach
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: License Clinical Social Worker - 080722
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: Individual sessions are $175, Couples, $200


26 Court Street
Brooklyn, New York 11242

My Approach to Helping

Are you are unhappy and out of sorts? Or do sometimes you feel angry and aren’t sure why. Maybe you look ahead at your week and everything feels like a slog. You feel exhausted during the day, and then lie in bed with a knot in your chest at night.

Some days you hope things will get better on their own, some days you resign yourself to things staying this way forever.

If you feel like you are going through the motions in your life, and feeling disconnected in your relationships, I can help.

You are not alone in feeling this way. Our world often promotes perfectionism and keeping up appearances over getting real about ourselves, and each other. Creating opportunities for honest communication and growth is something we have to do for ourselves.

The truth is things rarely get better on their own. Working with a therapist you connect to in order to get your life back on track is a great option if you are willing to take the steps to make your life better.

If you have tried therapy before and not gotten any results, there’s a good chance you didn’t have the right kind of therapy. I practice a combination of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Relational Life Therapy (RLT), and have had excellent results helping people to improve their relationships and their lives.

Visit my website to learn more about how we might work together or to schedule an appointment:

More Info About My Practice

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 $175 per individual session, and $250 for couples

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 Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Relational Life Training (RLT). IFS is very effective at helping client really understand themselves,

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

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

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

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

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Psychodynamic
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