Kaerensa Craft, LCSW, PSYCHOTHERAPY
NY, NY | Montclair, NJ
Kaerensa Craft provides psychotherapy and mental health coaching for Relationship Problems and Interpersonal Difficulties, Depression and Anxiety, and Self-Esteem issues. She also provides coaching for Problem Drinking.
Her practice is located in the Chelsea-NoMad-Penn Station areas of Manhattan with a second office in Montclair, NJ.
Ms. Craft describes her psychotherapy and mental health approach as an integration of behavioral and psychodynamic models. Starting with the “here-and-now” to address immediate concerns of clients, including help for those experiencing emotional disruption to re-establish a sense of stability through skills training. Earlier life experiences are explored as they relate to present-day challenges, and may be explored in-depth over time to help resolve deeply-rooted issues.
Kaerensa Craft completed her Master’s degree in Social Work at Columbia University in 1999. She began her career in mental health providing services to families and individuals affected by social systems, including foster care, the criminal justice system, and public assistance.
In 2002, Ms. Craft began working with individuals struggling with alcohol and substance abuse problems at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY. Integrating Motivational Interviewing with selected Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills. She completed the NY State Certification in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC) in 2008. Between 2009 and 2019, she provided psychotherapy for various research studies investigating moderation-focused interventions for alcohol use disorders. More recently, Ms. Craft has incorporated Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into her practice.
Along with training in behavioral therapies, Ms. Craft incudes insight-oriented studies to help clients work through deeper issues and to increase self-awareness to better understand themselves and their relationships. In 2005, she completed a 2-year training program in providing psychodynamic psychotherapy to adults at the Psychoanalytic Association of NY. Ms. Craft completed 3 years of intensive studies with the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies in 2014.
Ms. Craft also offers professional clinical consultation for general psychotherapy providers as well as Alcohol Use Disorders treatment providers.