Emily  Brunsten
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Emily Brunsten


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Ridgewood Accepting In-person
Updated November 5, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Emily Brunsten is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in New York City who sees clients both virtually and in-person in Ridgewood, Queens. Emily’s clients are young adults and adults, with limited availability for teenagers and families. She has years of experience supporting clients with a wide array of concerns, histories, and identities. She also has specific expertise in supporting queer and trans-identified clients, as well as young adults navigating the process of acclimating to our challenging world.

Emily believes that psychotherapy is both a process and a relationship, in which healing unfolds as a result of the connection between client and therapist. Emily encourages clients to hold compassion for and curiosity about themselves as they endeavor to discover more about their inner worlds. Emily practices psychodynamic psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to offer clients a comprehensive approach to addressing the challenges in their lives, as well as past trauma that might be keeping them stuck. She believes there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to therapy, and is able to incorporate skills and techniques based in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) when they fit a client's needs.

Emily holds a degree in social work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She received post-graduate certification in psychodynamic and relational psychotherapy through the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. Additionally, she has completed EMDR training parts 1 and 2, and is currently training in Attachment-Focused EMDR through the Parnell Institute.

Message to clients

I approach the therapeutic process with reverence, openness, curiosity, and a desire to understand your unique experience. My goal is to provide a warm, non-judgmental space where you can feel heard and deepen your knowledge of yourself. I believe in the importance of cultural competency and responsiveness: I understand that your identity, your relationships, and your lived experiences provide meaning and context to your inner world. My relational and trauma-informed approach stems from my training in psychodynamic psychotherapy (insight-oriented talk therapy), as well as IFS (internal family systems therapy) and EMDR.

Let's be curious together and figure out what contributes to and amplifies the challenges in your life, and explore ways to uncover your healthy self.


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

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

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

Trauma - Coping and healing after experiencing or witnessing threatening or scary events; healing from sexual, physical, or emotional abuse; processing of childhood, past, or current relational traumas


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


Emily Brunsten is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week


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 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 Closed

Ridgewood practice
10-25 Seneca Ave, Queens, New York 11385
Accepting new clients 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 Closed
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 7 years

Northwell Health, Clinical Social Worker, 2018 - Present
The Family Center, Clinical Social Worker, 2016 - 2018

National Institute for the Psychotherapies, Certificate: Psychodynamic Approaches in Clinical Practice, 2022


New York: 093738