Chelsea Thornton, Therapist in New York, New York — Zencare
Chelsea  Thornton

Chelsea Thornton


Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
New York Accepting Online
Flatiron District Waitlist In-person
Updated August 7, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Family issues
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Emotion regulation

Professional statement

Chelsea Thornton, LMSW is a NY-based psychotherapist whom is firm on the values of diversity, community, compassion, and respect. She welcomes clientele of any cultural background into her space with sincerity and kindness. Chelsea generally works with adult individuals or couples, however she also has experience with adolescents and families. She first began working with couples as a trainee at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Here she conducted virtual therapy sessions utilizing the Ackerman Relational Approach (ARA). Through utilizing ARA, she created family genograms, analyzed generational trauma, and pinpointed cycles of vulnerability for both parties in the relationship. She maintains an open ear to understand the worldview of the client, and how they are interpreting the problem at hand. She considers her style to be relational, holistic, client-centered. Chelsea takes pride in being an integrative and creative clinician, who aims to create treatment plans and therapeutic goals as personalized to the client as possible.

Chelsea favors Bowenian & Structural Family therapy, Narrative therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Mindfulness techniques. She received her Masters in Social Work from the New York University Silver School of Social Work (2022), and her BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2020).

She currently provides remote therapy services, Monday through Thursday, from mornings into evenings. Please feel welcome to book your complimentary 15 minute consultation call.

Message to clients

A wise individual once shared with me that one cannot reach the depths of their greatnesses, without first exploring the depths of their suffering. Whatever you may be feeling in this moment, remember that you are a multifaceted and complex individual, changing with every new experience and emotion each day. Navigating life hasn’t been an easy task, and perhaps, the decision to search for a therapist has convinced you that you may even be failing at it.

In this therapeutic space, you are never a failure. The step to first begin is a powerful one. I’m devoted to providing you the environment, empathy, and support you need to better understand the circumstances that may be preventing you from living a more positive, cohesive life. I consider my style to be relational, holistic, and client-centered. I’m trained in couples counseling, as well as the Ackerman Relational Approach: a model which analyzes interpersonal connections through a multi-cultural lens. I frequently utilize mindfulness techniques and narrative therapy as we learn and embrace the many overlapping identities that exist within you. I look forward to being your anchor in this new journey to healthier wellbeing.


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

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Emotion regulation - Learning how to effectively manage the ups and downs of intense emotions; developing coping skills to use in a variety of settings to calm oneself and to give an appropriate amount of space to emotions


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Humana
  • Oscar Health
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $85 - $150
  • Couples sessions: $250 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $250 (60min)


Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am-9pm
  • Tue 8am-9pm
  • Wed 8am-9pm
  • Thu 8am-9pm
  • Fri 8am-5pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Flatiron District practice
928 Broadway, Suite 500, New York, New York 10010
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: <1 year

Resilience Lab, Psychotherapist, 2022 - Present
Ackerman Institute For The Family, Social Work & Diversity Program Trainee, 2021 - 2022

NYU Silver School of Social Work, Master of Social Work, 2022
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology, 2020


New York: 116663