Samantha  Kanelstein

Samantha Kanelstein


Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
New York Accepting In-person
Updated September 15, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma

Professional statement

My philosophy to therapy is rooted in the understanding that human beings are meaning-making creatures. Beliefs that were formulated in moments of vulnerability can often feel intrinsically connected to safety and survival, even when as time progresses, they no longer serve us. As a relational therapist, I work to build the connection and safety that will allow my clients to feel more willing to challenge themselves and their beliefs in the interest of personal growth. Together we will explore how the past has shaped you and how we can reshape the present and future to better suit you.

Helping people more effectively create meaning and connection in their lives is one of the most beautiful things I have the pleasure to witness as a therapist. To this end, I help my clients to identify and tap into their internal and external resources, whether that be relating differently to loved ones, identifying internal strengths, or connecting with community resources. I specialize in working with clients who are looking for more effective ways to manage adult ADHD, anxiety, relationship issues, occupational stress, and developmental trauma. I connect most with clients who identify as different and seek ways to organize their lives outside the standard conventions of society.

When working with couples, I focus on providing education and tools from Emotional-Focused therapy as well as the Gottman Method that are designed to help couples break patterns that cause harm to the relationship. I do not take sides or identifying one person as the problem. Instead, I assist my couples in collaboratively identifying what precipitates moments of disconnection and using these moments as opportunities to better understand one another and foster attunement. I assist couples in learning how they can honor their partner’s needs while getting their own needs met as well.


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

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


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


Samantha Kanelstein 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 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $200


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-6pm
  • Tue 8am-5pm
  • Wed 9am-6pm
  • Thu 10am-6pm
  • Fri 10am-1pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

New York practice
315 Madison Ave, Suite 1505, New York, New York 10017
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 10am-5pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Holistic Psychotherapy NYC, Psychotherapist, 2022 - Present


New York: 110114