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Kelsie Smagler Psychotherapy, LCSW

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Kelsie Smagler believes in a collaborative approach to therapy in her work with teens and adults. To support her clients in leading more fulfilling lives, she and her client act as a team. She employs a variety of therapeutic modalities and treatments to fit individual needs, including strengths-based and mindfulness approaches.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • LGBTQIA+
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 aim to create a safe, warm, and trusting atmosphere where you feel comfortable to be your whole self.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From a young age, I was always interested in the feelings and experiences of others; I found myself supporting friends through personal conflicts and issues, which led me to embrace my strengths as an empathetic person. I pursued work as a summer camp guidance counselor for teens where I began to explore my passion and hone my innate skills for therapy work. I recognized the significance of being present for someone in a time of need and the meaning in listening to someone’s story. When I took my first college psychology course, I knew I had found my professional home. I completed my master’s in social work so I could make the biggest impact and expand my reach to more teens and adults.
What should someone know about working with you?
One of the most important and mutually beneficial aspects of therapy is the therapeutic relationship (or the bond between the client and the therapist). I have had the privilege of experiencing this on both sides, as the client and therapist. I first sought therapy in my teens as a result of being bullied in middle school. The deep bond my therapist and I built influences my work today. As we begin our work together, I aim to create a safe, warm, and trusting atmosphere where you feel comfortable to be your whole self. In getting to know one another, we explore your expectations and goals for therapy. I use my training in mindfulness as well as psychodynamic, CBT, and ACT therapies to guide us so we can work as a team to tackle the sensitive issues that brought you to therapy. My hope is that our work together helps you find more peace and clarity, guides you in recognizing and harnessing your strengths, and enables you to tap into your resilience. It is my honor to be your guiding partner.
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What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The evolving landscape of mental health is exciting and fills me with hope. Barriers to accessibility have eased considerably with the mainstream use of telehealth. Clients can engage in therapy from the comfort of their own homes and with the additional benefit of eliminating lengthy and costly commutes. As a result of widespread accessibility, teletherapy is helping to destigmatize mental health support; more accessibility means more people receiving the help they need. I am grateful to be part of an adaptive and innovative field where I can continue to provide comprehensive services in a way I never imagined.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
You’ve already taken the first step! You’re here, exploring the idea of seeking help. It takes courage to recognize that you deserve support (not to mention the strength to do something about it). Therapy is a critical piece of your overall wellness and I am excited for you to take this step. It’s also important to know that you are not alone. Society can make us feel like we should be able to handle independently what life throws our way. This ideology can be extremely limiting, as all people need and deserve mental health support. Though it may initially feel intimidating, I encourage you to come to therapy with an open mind and a willingness to give the experience your all.
“My hope is that our work together helps you find more peace and clarity, guides you in recognizing and harnessing your strengths, and enables you to tap into your resilience.”