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Kelly Ghweinem Psychotherapy, LCSW

Kelly Ghweinem is the founder of Velvet Psychotherapy Collective, a gender-affirming and sexuality-affirming group practice that provides therapeutic and educational services to the queer community in New York, New Jersey, and Florida.

Kelly Ghweinem is the founder of Velvet Psychotherapy Collective, a gender-affirming and sexuality-affirming group practice that provides therapeutic and educational services to the queer community in New York, New Jersey, and Florida.
Specialties
  • Life Transitions
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Sex and intimacy
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Addiction and Substance Misuse
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $200-260
Locations
  • Offers virtual sessions
Licensed in
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  • New Jersey
  • New York
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Provider
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“It is deeply important to me to provide comprehensive psychotherapy with a focus on addiction, interpersonal relationships, and sexuality.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been drawn to helping people. Growing up, I was surrounded by my mother and grandmother who worked with individuals with developmental disabilities. Those early experiences sparked my interest in helping others and I knew that it would be a main focus in my career. While obtaining my master’s of social work at the University of Buffalo, I discovered my passion for couple’s work and human sexuality. I spent many years of my postgraduate work focusing on substance use disorders while pursuing further education in couple’s and sex therapy. I have worked in government agencies, nonprofit settings, private practice, and outpatient clinics. As a queer, cisgender woman, I provide therapy through an antiracist, anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, and feminist lens. It is deeply important to me to provide comprehensive psychotherapy with a focus on addiction, interpersonal relationships, and sexuality.
What should someone know about working with you?
The first session will be aimed at me learning what brought you to therapy and your expectations for our work together. I will use evidence-based assessment tools and interventions to ensure I am providing you with a high level of care. Depending on the goals of the client, I may assign homework. I find it important to continue the work outside of therapy and in between sessions. I am experienced in cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, emotionally-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a lifelong learner and seek knowledge through various means. I enjoy reading books authored by mental health professionals on their areas of expertise as well as watching lectures discussing new applications for research. I continually aim to engage in workshops, conferences, and online courses to learn new skills. I find my engagement in supervision and peer supervision vital to my growth as a therapist. Finally, I find my own personal development through journaling, art, and mindfulness deeply fulfilling.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited to see the changes in society with the emerging destigmatization and normalization of individuals seeking help when experiencing mental and emotional distress. With the stigma and barriers to care removed, we can heal and transform in ways that weren't possible before.
“I am experienced in cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, emotionally-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing.”