Nelson Lacy Group

Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy and Supervision in NYC

Locations in Park Slope, Brooklyn & Chelsea, Manhattan NYC, & Woodstock, NY

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About Us

Nelson Lacy Group offers Individual and Couples Psychotherapy services as well as Supervision for trained professionals.   We are psychodynamic and psychoanalytically trained and specialize in working with those having a difficult time with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, life transitions and just feeling "stuck."  We also provide the space those interested in exploring identity and the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality and other identities.   We have EMDR trained professionals and also incorporate mindfulness into our work. Our offices are located in Park Slope, Brooklyn and Chelsea, Manhattan in NYC and Woodstock, NY.


Our Team


Karen Nelson, LCSW-R

Co-Founder, Therapist, Supervisor

Manhattan & Woodstock 

 I have comprehensive experience working as a psychotherapist in both private practice and outpatient mental health clinics. I have worked with adolescents, adults, senior citizens, and with support groups with a wide variety of difficulties. My specialties include working with adults who are in unhealthy relationships, who have recognized unhealthy relationship patterns, and/or who are dealing with anxiety and depression, trauma, LGBTQ issues, sexuality and identity, grief and loss, low self-esteem, addictions, destructive behaviors, and obsessive and compulsive behavior or thinking.

I have been described as warm, humorous, thoughtful, sensitive, and easy to talk to. I draw upon eclectic modalities: psychoanalytic, insight oriented, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, mindfulness practices, and systems perspectives. I am committed to identify, encourage, and value your strengths and support you in improving your relationships to live a fuller, more satisfying life.

I am a Smith College School for Social Work alumnus and is affiliated with the Training Institute for Mental Health, where I earned a post-graduate certificates in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. 

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Jamie Lacy, LCSW-R

Co-Founder, Therapist, Supervisor

Brooklyn & Woodstock

I have experience working in outpatient mental health clinics throughout Brooklyn in addition to my private practice experience. I believe therapy can offer an opportunity to find clarity, to better understand overwhelming experiences, as well as to grow from difficult times. I specialize in working with individuals struggling with their relationships, dealing with trauma, and coping with stress, anger, depression and anxiety.  I also hold space for and invite the exploration and curiosity of one's relationship with their various identities, especially the relationship with whiteness and masculinity. Regardless of the struggle, I believe the most important piece of therapy is tailoring each individual's therapy to their unique needs in order to assist the growth and change necessary to feel better. 

I have experience working with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress management, masculinity, sexuality, identity issues, becoming a new parent, fatherhood, life changes, grief and loss, and general feelings of being 'stuck.'

I earned my Masters of Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work and have a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from The Training Institute for Mental Health. I am trained in EMDR and also incorporate mindfulness and meditation techniques into my work when appropriate.  I am also a supervisor and faculty member at The Training Institute for Mental Health. 

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Alex Sobieraj, LMSW



I offer a nonjudgmental, empathic, and genuine approach to all of my clients. I bring empathy into every interaction I have with every person and I operate from a social justice, anti-oppressive perspective. I incorporate the Liberation Health Framework into my work, paying close attention to how oppression affects one’s experience moving through the world. My identity as a queer mixed race woman of color strongly influences my practice and work with clients. I have experience working with QTPOC communities, disenfranchised & marginalized identities, and folks navigating mental health challenges.

Common topics clients bring into our work are life experiences related to identity formation, family/relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma. I use an eclectic mix of theories with a psychodynamic and intersectional foundation at the heart of all of my work.

Most importantly, I work collaboratively with my clients to find the approach that would be most fruitful to their experience in an attempt to reach greater understanding and insight about relational/behavioral patterns. I believe this work leads to a more fulfilling and empowering life.

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Marianne Ferguson, LMSW



As an Asian American, I am particularly sensitive to how our identities - whether it is race, culture, gender or sexuality - inform our narratives and how they shape our experience. I work with clients going through major life transitions, and in therapy, clients learn the roots of their behaviors and patterns and how they can be reworked over time. As someone who used to work in finance, I can relate to career dissatisfaction and feelings of being stuck. My postgraduate training at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies is the foundation of my work with clients, but I also integrate CBT and mindfulness. Using compassion and empathy, I help bring awareness to what may be hard to see or getting in the way of change.

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Lyla Denburg, LMSW



With the right safety and support, we all have the capacity to heal. I use experientially-oriented therapy to help you move through barriers so that you can arrive into your body with compassion and connection, explore your relationship to self and others. I offer a relational and collaborative approach that centers your specific needs and our distinct work together. I integrate specialized training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) with psychodynamic, mindfulness, attachment-based, and trauma centered approaches. I serve clients of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and relationship styles with a dedicated focus on LGBTQ+ communities. Above all, I'm dedicated to co-creating an environment of non-judgement and compassionate safety so that your courageous healing can come forth. From this place, we will come to understand patterns that create stuckness and practice new skills so you can embody insights, change, and self-belonging.

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Olivia Strauss, LMSW



I believe in the power of therapy to clear a space for deeper self-curiosity and compassionate understanding. I approach my role as therapist with empathy, non-judgment, and active listening in the interest of mapping your internal landscapes, discovering old patterns, and exploring core dynamics. My work centers around helping you to better move through the world as an integrated and authentic self. I provide the safety and emotional support needed for patients of all different orientations and cultural backgrounds to express feelings, experience acceptance, and feel truly heard and seen. In particular, I have a passion for working with those that identify within the LGBTQIA+ community.

I have experience working with anxiety, depression, emotional awareness, young adults and adults, life transitions, feelings of being lost, intimate and family relationships, emotional dependency, self-esteem, and general stress and overwhelm. My approach is relational, humanistic, and draws deeply on psychodynamic, psychoanalytic practices. My style is gentle, collaborative, and client-led. I feel that therapy can be a time to quiet down external chatter long enough for you to hear your own internal wisdom.

Prior to starting in private practice, I worked in a variety of community settings such as schools, residential treatment centers, crisis shelters, and outpatient clinics. I received my master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan, and this year I began post-graduate psychoanalytic training at the National Institute for Psychotherapies.

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Fem Erkaya, MHC-LP



Therapy is a safe, compassionate and supportive journey where we work together to better understand and make sense of ourselves, our experiences, and repeating patterns. At the very heart of our work, we explore the experiences that have shaped and brought us to where we are while building bridges between our past and present to break cycles that are often painful to us. It is not the most difficult experiences that bring psychological suffering but our tendency to avoid and disregard our emotions that arise from such experiences. If we can learn to listen what our inner selves are telling us and explore the core dynamics behind our emotions and behaviors, only then we can create sustainable acceptance and compassion for all sides of ourselves. My role as a therapist is to be a non-judgmental and a supportive guide for my clients to gently be with them in this journey through all the up and downs while we collaboratively untangle the knots and rediscover our true selves.

As a Turkish born and an internationally trained counselor, I received my bachelors in psychology at Istanbul Bilgi University and my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Brooklyn College. I have worked as a mental health counselor in research centers, private practice, and inpatient mental health settings with a prior focus in trauma-related issues. I am currently a post-graduate psychoanalytic candidate at the Training Institute for Mental Health. I now provide person-centered, individual, psychodynamic-based therapy to adults of all backgrounds in both English and Turkish languages.

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Sydney Rose, LMSW



I believe that we’re all inherently primed to move towards what’s healthy and loving. We often get side-tracked adapting to stressful work, society or family environments or to survive painful life events. The behaviors that help us get through, sometimes get in the way of our growth later on. Therapy can help you embody the qualities you want to present to the outside world and reconnect you to your emotional life in a new way. 

It makes sense that you feel like you can’t do it alone. Humans are relational by nature. We can't underestimate the healing power of authentic, collaborative and mutual relationships in filling a basic human need. As a teacher, a counselor and a coach, my style is relaxed, responsive, curious, affirming and enthusiastically imperfect. 

I also have over ten years of experience working with 100s of different community organizations to bring science based, experiencial, trauma informed workshops to people around the world. I've built programs focusing on: relational and organizational health, leadership, trauma informed yoga, stress reduction, weight neutrality, health at every size, the social determinants of health and contemplative practices. My goal is to offer real, grounded, biologically based support for working with stress while also acknowledging and working to change the systems that create a lot of human suffering.

My clinical specialities include:

Integrative Approaches To Managing Chronic Pain, Pelvic Pain & PCOS, Women’s Health, Identity and Emotional Wellness, Abortion, Leadership, Motherhood, Burnout & Stress Reduction, Women And Caregiving, Women's Sexuality, Healing Professions and Women Entrepreneurs, Women With ADHD, Health at Every Size, Contemplative & Buddhist Therapy, Embodied/Somatic & Yoga Therapy, ACOA, Integrating Transformative Spiritual Experiences (Psychedelic, Long Meditative Retreats, etc), Health At Every Size, EMDR, Transformational Chairwork & Experiential Therapy.

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Rates and Insurance



Our fees are comparable to other psychotherapists in the area. Please contact us to discuss our current fees.


We do not participate with any insurance panels. However, if you have out-of-network benefits, your insurance company may reimburse you for our services and on a monthly basis we can provide you with an invoice containing the necessary information required to process your claim.

You can check your coverage by contacting your insurance provider and asking the following questions:

1. Do I have out of network mental health (or behavioral health) benefits?

2. What is my out of network deductible and has it been met?

3. After the deductible is met, what is the coverage amount (or percentage) per therapy session?


Contact Info

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Office Locations:

57 7th Avenue

 Brooklyn, NY 11217

115 W. 27th Street

New York, NY 10001


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