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Cristen Van Vleet Psychotherapy, LCSW

Cristen Van Vleet is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in adolescents, young adults, and life transitions. Using a relational, anti-racist, and future-oriented lens in her work with clients, she approaches sessions with compassion, curiosity, and humor while centering the client’s experience as unique. Her goal is to provide a safe space for healing and connection.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I believe we all have the capacity for change, but life can distract us from knowing our true selves. I will create a space where you can feel seen and heard, where there are no wrong questions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From my time as an adolescent in family therapy, I knew that there was something special about the client-therapist relationship. I graduated from Tulane University with my master’s in 1994 and have spent the better part of the last 25 years working with humans who are struggling to identify their own barriers to success. Due to working in public education and as a clinical supervisor, I believe that mental health is a social justice issue and over the years, I have come to understand that access to services is not always equitable. This is where my passion for people and connection comes from. I am a client as well and will never stop asking questions about the world around me.
What should someone know about working with you?
Taking the first step into therapy can seem like a Herculean effort. I believe we all have the capacity for change, but life can distract us from knowing our true selves. I will create a space where you can feel seen and heard, where there are no wrong questions. Together, we will navigate the obstacles through a foundation of trust, transparency, and hopefully even some humor. I am down-to-earth, and I will gently push clients to seek their own answers. I am committed to making the process as seamless and supportive as possible. I offer an initial 15-minute phone consultation for all clients, which provides an opportunity to share what experiences and life events have led them to therapy. This conversation is also a space for further questions about my practice and approach. I have over 20 years of experience with adolescents, young adults, and adults in both the public and private sector, working in the areas of life transitions, grief and loss, imposter syndrome, career changes, and relationships. I am comfortable with the uncomfortable and deeply committed to creating a space where clients can show up as their most authentic selves.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a social worker, I recognize that mental health isn’t an individual problem — we are all impacted by multiple systems and while our identities are intersectional, we show up differently based on where we are in the world (both literally and figuratively). I believe that therapy is a collaborative process where the therapist is another human in the room and that the work is togetherness. Change takes work, and I am here to support clients through healing and growth.
“Together, we will navigate the obstacles through a foundation of trust, transparency, and hopefully even some humor.”
Interested in speaking with Cristen?