Lama  Khouri

Lama Khouri

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, afternoon, evening, & weekend appointments in NoMad practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Identity & acculturation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional eating
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Lama Khouri is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Midtown Manhattan who provides talk therapy and goal-oriented coaching to clients across the lifespan, with a focus on working with young adults and international students. Lama is uniquely sensitive to the challenges of people from diasporic backgrounds, including those who identify as Middle Eastern, Asian, Hispanic, and other minority populations. In addition to support for depression, anxiety, relationship, and parenting challenges, Lama also helps clients navigate acculturation, loneliness, homesickness, and the balance between traditional cultures and personal identity development.

Lama's approach is trauma-informed and integrative, centered on the needs of each individual. She begins by meeting the client where they are, striving to understand the underlying cause beneath current challenges, and then layering on coping skills to challenge negative thought patterns. For clients with a trauma history, Lama offers Prolonged Exposure and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Lama has a special interest in working with bicultural couples and parents raising children in a culture that is different than the one in which they were raised. In addition to her work with individual adults, Lama also offers group therapy, and welcomes children and adolescents with developmental disabilities to her practice, accessible by the 28th and 33rd Street subway stations.

Message to clients

Psychotherapy is a clearing in a world that often overwhelms us and brings us pain and anguish, as well as joy and happy memories. Your psychotherapist's office is a safe place where you can stop, take your time, look, listen to yourself. A place to go when you feel stuck.
All of us humans have a problem to solve. It could be specific–a relationship, a job, a tormenting thought that won’t go away, trouble with food or drink, a death, a marriage. Or it could be more enigmatic – a vague feeling something is wrong, a heaviness of spirit, a blank in the mind. Or perhaps it is as simple, and as complex and universal, as the need to make sense of life.
But even when are clear about our problems, solutions are often illusive and harder to hold. Solutions cannot be ‘one-size-fits-all.’ Traversing life impasses requires, compassionate attention, steadfast effort, and care. Psychotherapy would give you a chance to delve into your complexity and depth and sufferings in the presence of another person—a professional in your corner, a witness whose presence makes your struggle bearable..
Psychotherapy is often open-ended: it may be short, long, or in-between. It is a process, a set of procedures, in which two people work hard together to understand the inner life of one of them. Think of psychotherapy as a particular kind of know-how–a knowing how to know yourself – that you can make your own and, when you are ready to go it alone, take along with you into the world.


Identity & acculturation - Support navigating the balance between cultures, stress surrounding migration and relocation, and finding one’s own voice from a non-majority perspective

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

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

Emotional eating - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

Relationships - 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 threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Lama Khouri 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: $250 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $175 - $250
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $275 (50min)
  • Online individual sessions: $170 (50min)
  • Online couples sessions: $250 (50min)

Therapist's note

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

NoMad practice

303 5th Avenue

Suite 405

New York, NY 10016


  • Mon 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2004 - Present

Teachers College, Columbia University, Researcher, 2012 - 2017

New York University, MA, 1999 - 2004

London School of Economics and Political Science, MA, 1985 - 1986




Therapy Groups

Lama  Khouri
Parenting Workshop

This weekly workshop offers support and guidance in navigating common challenges faced by parents of preteen and teen children.