Kaela  Ason

Kaela Ason


Mental Health Counselor - Limited Permit, MHC-LP Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Updated November 16, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Communication issues
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

Kaela works from a psychodynamic relational perspective, while also incorporating CBT and solution-focused therapy when needed. She believes much of the way we have internalized the world and our beliefs about ourselves stem from early childhood experiences, attachment patterns, as well as social and societal factors. Uncovering the past by understanding what is here and now and discussing cultural considerations, she believes therapy can be a catalyst for change. The relationship between therapist and client can be healing and transformative.

Kaela focuses on the individual needs of each client, highlighting and celebrating their individuality. She hopes to offer culturally-affirming therapy to all her clients while pursuing the values of humility, hospitality, acceptance, and curiosity.

Message to clients

You are in control of your own mental health journey. I push clients to challenge their thoughts and thought processes, empowering them to be in charge of their own stories. I am warm, relational, direct, curious, and use humor and metaphors with clients. I am passionate about helping people feel seen, illuminating their strengths, and supporting them to develop solutions to the challenges they face in their lives. I approach therapy collaboratively and tailor my approach to each individual.

I use a variety of therapeutic approaches, depending on the unique needs of each client. Each session may look different since we are all continually changing and adjusting to our surroundings.


Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

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

Communication issues - Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships withpartners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others

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

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


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


  • Aetna
  • Aetna International
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • All Savers Insurance Company
  • AllWays Health Partners (formerly Neighborhood Health)
  • Cigna
  • Golden Rule Insurance Company
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Humana
  • Meritain Health
  • Optum
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Trustmark
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Shared Services
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $150


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 11am - 5pm
  • Tue 9am - 7pm
  • Wed 9am - 7pm
  • Thu 9am - 6pm
  • Fri 10am - 3pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 3 years

Resilience Lab, Therapist, 2023 - Present

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Masters, 2023


New York: P122467