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Laura Gay Doherty Psychotherapy, LCSW

Gay Doherty is a psychotherapist who focuses on her client’s strengths and their innate capacity to self-right and heal. Her areas of focus include low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, life dissatisfaction, and difficulty with life transitions. Gay also provides transformational life coaching for people who are feeling stuck or unfulfilled in their lives.

  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I strive to create a safe and comfortable space for my clients where they can share their experiences and feel heard.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My introduction to psychology began with course study in college. I began my career working in marketing and sales, and I became curious as to what allowed some people to thrive while others remained stuck in their lives. While serving as a group facilitator at a grief support organization many years later, I felt very fulfilled in supporting others who were seeking to heal. This led to a career change to clinical psychology. After completing the Master of Social Work program at New York University, I worked as a psychotherapist at Washington Square Institute and the Karen Horney Clinic, both located in Manhattan. These experiences allowed me to work with a diverse population of individuals with various economic, racial, sexual orientation, and gender identities. I want to continue to grow and expand my knowledge through formalized training and what I can learn from my clients’ experiences.
What should someone know about working with you?
I strive to create a safe and comfortable space for my clients where they can share their experiences and feel heard. I believe in a collaborative approach where we create a course of therapy based on your needs and how you feel most supported. We might look at patterns that get in the way of reaching the life you desire. Perhaps you are having trouble in relationships or dealing with difficult emotions. When we have secure and supportive relationships in our life, we can develop a better sense of self, feel less alone, and better manage our lives. I also have specialized training in grief/loss support and spiritually-informed practices, including mindfulness. Finally, my own experiences in the business world can be helpful in working with clients dealing with work stress, job loss, and career struggles. I would be honored to connect with you in a 15-minute, free telephone consultation.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always looking for training from leaders in emotion-focused therapy, attachment-based therapy, and accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP). AEDP is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on healing-oriented techniques and aims to achieve a transformation in client behavior by exploring the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences. I continue to attend various workshops on spiritually-informed modalities as well.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
There are many new exciting developments in neuroplasticity, which refers to your brain’s ability to restructure when it recognizes the need to adapt. We are learning that brain rewiring can occur at any age. Such new information can be used as the basis for new treatment approaches in psychotherapy. For example, some experts believe that the negative thought patterns that occur with depression might occur due to interrupted or impaired neuroplasticity processes. Exercises that promote positive neuroplasticity may help “rewrite” these patterns to improve wellbeing.
“I believe in a collaborative approach where we create a course of therapy based on your needs and how you feel most supported.”
Interested in speaking with Laura Gay?