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Kristin Thomson Bader(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
New York
Substance use-Couples counseling-Family issues-Anxiety-Depression-Life transitions-Sexual issues-
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Professional statement

Kristin Thomson Bader is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with two offices in Midtown, Manhattan. She is a certified Harm Reduction Psychotherapy specialist who offers psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. She holds groups for family members of people in recovery, as well as harm reduction groups for individuals managing ambivalence around addiction.

Kristin is an expert in supporting partners and family members of individuals actively struggling with addiction or entering early recovery. She provides counseling and coaching to those who are navigating fear, anger, and uncertainty during very stressful times. Her background and training include psychodynamic and humanistic theory, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), group work, motivational interviewing, as well as addictions, trauma, and couples work. She has a passion for psychology and is personally committed to her own growth, training, and expertise to better inform her practice.

Kristin sees clients of all ages and backgrounds for individual, couples, and family therapy. Her offices are conveniently located in mid-town East near Grand Central and her office hours are flexible.

Message to clients

People seek therapy when they want to change their lives. Some want to develop new approaches to life and relationships, others are struggling with substance use and other forms of addiction, or are in a state of transition, and some are trying to move away from unhealthy patterns such as depression and anxiety. Many are couples coping with relational issues who want to grow emotionally and improve communication. For whatever reason you come to me, my aim as a therapist is to help you create a better, more fulfilling life by understanding yourself better and building upon your innate strengths.

My approach is collaborative and engaged. I try to create a safe, non-judgmental space for your process to unfold. For me, actively joining a client in the exploration, discovery and recovery that takes place in the therapy room is an essential component in building trust and comfort. One of my core beliefs is that is crucial to meet clients where they are in their process, whether they are coping with ambivalence around relationships or substance use or attachment challenges, and to help them achieve their journey to discover and achieve their personal goals. I look forward to working with you!

Work and Education

Private Practice
New York Center For Living, Family Therapist
Daytop Village, Psychotherapist
Summit Malibu

Antioch University, MA in Clinical Psychology, 2011
Columbia University, BA in English Literature, 1991


New York: 001036




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

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

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 through 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

Sexual issues - Addressing emotional, physical, and biological concerns related to sexual intimacy and functioning; education and skill building around topics such as erectile dysfunction, orgasms, low libido, shame, and history of abuse; improving communication to realize a fulfilling sex life


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

Locations & Hours


Kristin Thomson Bader 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:$220 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$180 - $220
  • Couples sessions:$250 (50min)
  • Family sessions:$270 (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
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

I do not accept insurance, but can provide invoices for out-of-network reimbursement.

Client testimonials

"Kristin was knowledgeable, polite, and able to tell me about her approach as well as ask me if I had any questions."
- Zencare client May 2021
"She was very open and kind but through in offering answers to questions I hadn’t thought of."
- Zencare client March 2022