Staten Island Therapist

Margaret Nelson, LCSW 718-816-9075

Staten Island Therapy OfficeI am a therapist with over 25 years experience as a mental health professional. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, grief and bereavement, and a range of other life challenges. I draw on my background in cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic training, and meditation practice to provide holistic and effective treatment to my clients.

I have a Masters degree in Counseling from the College of Staten Island and a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University.  In addition to those educational certifications, I studied at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis for 10 years. I have years of experience working in the New York City public school system as a teacher, an educational evaluator, and as a school social worker.

There have been several associations which have been influential in my professional development. I have been a member of ADEC, the Association for Death Education and Counseling, reflecting my interest in grief and bereavement issues. At Staten Island University Hospice I worked with individuals experiencing end of life concerns, often visiting clients in their homes. I volunteered with the Red Cross onsite during the 9-11 crisis, and continued working with the New York City Fire Department, counseling first responders.

I like to travel and have visited over 70 countries. Recent travels have included Japan, Bhutan, India, Botswana, Thailand and Tibet as well as extensive domestic travel. I have a Yellow Lab named Gracie, and when invited, she has sat in on sessions with clients as a therapy dog. I have a regular yoga practice, and meditate daily. Knitting is a hobby I have returned to recently.

What's troubling you?

How I work

I work with my clients to create a therapeutic home base from which they can safely explore the issues troubling them. Our therapeutic work emphasizes creating a wholesome life, cultivating self-care and developing meaning.


At the present time I do not accept insurance.  However, I can provide an invoice for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.


165 Fremont Avenue

Staten Island, N.Y., 10301


Undecided on therapy?

Choosing to see a therapist is a positive step to take on one’s life journey. Occasionally there is a poor match between therapist and client, and empowering my client to explore the reasons for the disappointing experience, and working with her/him to prevent another such disappointment is often what is required.