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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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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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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Emily Iwamoto, LMSW



Therapy is an opportunity to explore the connection between past experiences and the present challenges we may be facing in our lives. I believe the therapeutic relationship can be a supportive place to better understand how unaddressed trauma or patterns in our relationships can manifest in anxiety, depression, or other distressing emotions. The more deeply we come to understand ourselves, the easier it becomes to navigate difficult circumstances.

My approach is psychodynamic, relational, and interpersonal. This means that I center the therapeutic relationship and use it as a vehicle for understanding other relationship patterns and dynamics. I strive to be collaborative, warm, and creative in integrating different styles to fit each individual’s needs.

I have experience as an outpatient therapist in NYC public hospitals where I work with people of all ages, race/class-backgrounds and gender/sexuality orientations. I work with a range of mental health presentations – from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, grief, complex trauma and PTSD. I received my master’s degree in clinical social work from Smith College School for Social Work and have a particular interest in working with adults and couples.

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HC Cristina, MHC-LP



It has always been difficult to exist in the world as a LGBTQ/GNC person, and especially for people of color. Society is finally attempting to pay attention to Black and Brown existence, but maybe that spotlight has reminded you that mainstream cultural values tend to leave non-normative identities left out, unseen, and isolated. A history of trauma and/or mental health issues can further complicate healing and acceptance. Even within our own microcosms, like partnerships, friendships, and relationships, identity can be erased, misunderstood, and dismissed, despite our ability to locate who we are and what we need within ourselves.

As a therapist, I am focused on assisting my clients on their journey towards self-acceptance, self-understanding, and self-love using an intersectional framework and mix of modalities. My own queer Black identity impacts my work with clients in a world where mental health providers commonly do not mirror various marginalized identities. I connect with my clients in a way that honors their identities, is trauma-informed, and focuses on the elements of their relationships that need care and attention. I am committed to a non-judgmental and empathetic environment that allows for the nurturing of comfort and understanding.

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Stacy Blumenreich, LMSW



My approach is warm, authentic, and non-judgemental. I work from a relational perspective, meaning together we will use curiosity to explore and understand your motivations, emotional reactions, and thought patterns.

I work with adults and college students experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, emotional dysregulation, and relationship challenges. I am trained in psychodynamic therapy, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and will approach our work together based on your individual needs.

My goal is to provide a space for you to reflect and process; to help you make the changes you have been wanting to make.

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Ruth Salen, LCSW



Therapy can be a wonderful opportunity to expand your understanding of yourself, and to bring about a sense of ease and fulfillment into your life.  Finding the right therapist and beginning therapy can be challenging and it's important you feel an emotional connection to as well as feel understood by the therapist to promote a process of learning, self-acceptance, and change. My goal is to foster a collaborative environment to explore areas of your life where you may feel stuck or anxious, and to create new understandings that lead to curiosity, self-awareness, and self-compassion.

Using a variety of treatment techniques, including psychodynamic and evidence based approaches, we can begin to explore how your past relationships and experiences are interwoven into your current circumstances. My approach is to bring warmth, competence and humor to the therapeutic relationship, and to build a bond, creating a space to shed a light on the concerns and fears that have been bothering you.  I have experience working in a variety of settings with adults and work with mood disorders, anxiety states, relationship issues, navigating parenthood and family challenges, self-esteem, trauma and life transitions.  

I earned my Masters of Social Work Degree from Smith College School for Social Work and I am currently in Psychoanalytic Training at The Training Institute for Mental Health.  I welcome the opportunity to work with you in a hybrid model–offering both telehealth and in-person appointments at this time.  

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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

15 Pine Grove Street

Woodstock, NY 12498


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We are looking to expand and diversify our staff.  If you are interested in joining our team, send a copy of your resume/CV and a cover letter to