Monica Gonzalo, LCSW
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Monica Gonzalo

Psychotherapy, LCSW

Monica Gonzalo works primarily in the psychodynamic tradition with a focus on helping clients explore themselves and their struggles. A guiding principle of her approach is the belief that through deeper understanding comes an expansion of possibilities and meaningful transformation. She is also trained and experienced in a variety of therapies, including dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and transference-focused psychotherapy.
Specialties
Anxiety and Panic Disorders
Depression
Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
Personality Disorders
Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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$140-200
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New York
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“I like using the first few sessions as a time for both myself and my client to get better acquainted and meaningfully consider the possibility of agreeing to work together; therapy is a commitment, and I've found that clients aren't often given the opportunity to choose who and what is best for them when it comes to mental health care.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I took a somewhat circuitous route to becoming a therapist, having first studied fine art. Consciousness and — especially — the unconscious have always interested me, and I found myself drawing increasingly away from art and toward psychology/psychoanalysis. I've spent most of my career working with 9/11 responders with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder or other trauma-related disorders. Working in this context has allowed me to better understand trauma and the issues of self that emerge in the aftermath of catastrophic events. The majority of my training has been in psychodynamic psychotherapy; however, I am also trained in transference-focused psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive processing therapy, meaning-centered psychotherapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
I like using the first few sessions as a time for both myself and my client to get better acquainted and meaningfully consider the possibility of agreeing to work together; therapy is a commitment, and I've found that clients aren't often given the opportunity to choose who and what is best for them when it comes to mental health care. If we both conclude that it's a fit, therapy will then center on understanding the client's concerns and goals and over time, exploring the meaning and origins of problem areas as well as strengths. I've worked with a variety of clients over the years, but I find that clients of nearly all ages and backgrounds are curious and struggling with issues of self/identity, emptiness, and loneliness.
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What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I think having an informal community of providers with whom to cultivate ideas is really vital and keeps things evolving. In a more formal sense, I seek out seminars/courses at psychoanalytic institutes. I'm particularly curious about the new frontier of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
“If we both conclude that it's a fit, therapy will then center on understanding the client's concerns and goals and over time, exploring the meaning and origins of problem areas as well as strengths.”
Interested in speaking with Monica?