Carly  Bell

Carly Bell

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments in Upper East Side practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • LGBTQIA and sexuality topics
  • Substance use
  • Anger management

Professional statement

Carly Bell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing on the Upper East Side in New York City. She specializes in anxiety, depression, navigating life transitions, substance abuse, and working with members of the LGBTQ community. She especially enjoys supporting individuals who are just beginning the therapeutic process and works to help acclimate her patients to the challenges and rewards of psychotherapy while exploring personal challenges and goals.

Carly utilizes a solution-oriented approach that helps clients, especially those navigating substance use challenges, learn self-soothing and healthy coping techniques. She offers a space for clients to explore their sexuality and what it means to be true to themselves. She also implements Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and other techniques when appropriate. She wants her clients to ultimately find balance in their life and feel empowered to live authentically.

Having worked in adult out-patient psychiatry clinic settings for the acutely mentally ill and adult day programs for those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and substance dependence, Carly has a deep understanding of the specific challenges that affect different populations. She looks forward to meeting you at her office near the 86th Street subway station.

Message to clients

I believe what is mentionable is manageable. I strive to create a safe space for my patients to delve deep, inside personal and, at times shameful feelings. I like to create an environment where difficult questions can be asked and where anxious feelings or compulsions can best be examined. I consider humor and honesty as a component to the healing process whether from grief, trauma or from other transformative life experiences. I do my best to accommodate working individuals as it is difficult at times to find a therapist who is able to work late hours.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Mood disorders - Depression, dysthymia (mild depression), bipolar disorder, hormone-related mood issues, i.e. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and postpartum depression, adjustment disorder with depression

LGBTQIA and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Substance use - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Anger management - Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Carly Bell is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $125 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $125
  • Initial session: $160 (60min)

Therapist's note

Carly can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Upper East Side practice

1676 1st Avenue

New York, NY 10128


  • Mon 3:30pm-10:00pm
  • Tue 3:30pm-10:00pm
  • Wed 3:30pm-10:00pm
  • Thu 3:30pm-10:00pm
  • Fri 3:30pm-10:00pm
  • Sat 3:30pm-10:00pm
  • Sun 3:30pm-10:00pm

Work and Education

Bellevue Hospital Center, LCSW, 2016 - Present

BrightPoint Health, LMSW, 2014 - 2016

New York University, MSW, 2013

Indiana University, BA, 2010