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Shirley Kailas(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
New York
Addiction- Anxiety - Depression- Eating disorders & disordered eating- Relationship issues- Trauma-

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Professional statement

Shirley Kailas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works online with adults, adolescents, and families as they navigate life’s complex challenges. Many of them grapple with anxiety, depression, trauma, or even existential searches for meaning in their lives. Others are experiencing an eating disorder, addiction, or are diagnosed bipolar. Shirley has extensive experience treating psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, and is deeply committed to her work with young adults experiencing the onset of acute psychiatric symptoms.

Shirley’s therapeutic approach is predominantly informed by her training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, which means that she focuses on past relationships and experiences that have shaped her clients, while also helping her clients to change ways of thinking and behaving that get in the way of their goals. She is also trained in AEDP, which prioritizes the creation of a safe haven and secure base from which transformation can occur in therapy. That approach also emphasizes the feelings that emerge in session, with particular attention to how emotions show up in the body.

Shirley is known for her warm, approachable, authentic style of practice, as well as her sense of humor. Leading with an open heart, Shirley strives to create a trusting therapeutic relationship of unconditional acceptance that will form the foundation for healing and growth.

In her positions as a clinician in inpatient psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center treating the broad spectrum of mental-health issues and as a therapist at a residential addiction treatment center, Shirley gained a deep understanding of the human condition. A born and raised New Yorker, she has an appreciation for the unique culture of the city that so many of her clients call home. Shirley is deeply committed to her work and would be delighted to meet you!

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 4 years

Bellevue Hospital Center, Social Worker Level II, Inpatient Psychiatry
Vertava Health, Inpatient Clinician, addiction treatment center
Training Institute for Mental Health, Therapist

Fordham University, Master of Social Work, 2020
Kenyon College, Bachelor of Arts, 2010


New York: 097432




Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

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

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

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

Locations & Hours


Shirley Kailas is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$275 (45min)
  • Initial session:$275 (45min)
  • Couples sessions:$325 (50min)
  • Family sessions:$325 (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
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • As needed

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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