Kaely PhelpsLMSW

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In what ways does your personality influence your approach to therapy?

I consider two of my most dominant personality characteristics to be empathetic and calming. In the therapeutic relationship, my approach is always to listen first, think thoroughly, and respond thoughtfully. It has taken me years of experience and self-reflection to see this as a strength as I had often felt left behind in rapidly moving academic and professional conversations that do not always allow the space for deep contemplation and thoughtfulness. Through my own self work and guidance of mentors, I have come to realize this as a great asset in the context of the therapeutic relationship. I believe some of my assets as a therapist to be active listening skills and a collaborative approach to processing and healing. I can hold space with compassion and empathy, while utilizing my training and skills to give direction and focus to our work together.

How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

I approach goal setting from a holistic and collaborative approach. I believe that you are the expert of your own experience and I am here to provide you with tools to help you process and overcome barriers that we identify together. By setting identifiable goals, it will better allow us to track progress, as well as revisit and align our work together in pursuit of these end goals. I believe that early conversations about goal setting in our relationship will also outline clear next steps - sometimes the most challenging step to take is the first one.

If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

For people who are hesitant to begin therapy, I would like them to know that therapy and mental health treatment is not a one size fits all approach. There are many different options available as far as method of treatment, clinician training and approach, as well as how your personalities interact. It may take time to find the best fit; but regardless of what you may be seeking support with, there will be a professional who’s background and approach match your needs. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t “click” with your first therapist right away, like with any major investment, it sometimes takes time to “shop around”. It is also different to seeking other health care, such as a physician or dentist who you may only see a few times a year - this person you will likely be speaking with on a very regular basis, so the right fit and approach are crucial!



Adolescent mental health

Body image issues


College & graduate student issues

General Expertise



Work Stress

Relationship Issues


Social Anxiety

Attachment issues

Body dysmorphia



First Session


Family Therapy


Couples Therapy


Group Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Group Session

Individual Session



Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Attachment-Based Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Psychodynamic Therapy

Relational Therapy

Somatic Therapy

Training / Certifications



NY, LMSW, 098753


Masters of Science in Social Work (MSW), Columbia University School of Social Work

Work History

I have over 10 years of experience in the field of youth development, including work with young adults with developmental disabilities, high school and college students, and young professionals during times of transition.


2 West 45th St, New York, 10036, NY