Nick Fager, LMHC
I am a licensed mental health counselor in New York and California state and the co-founder of Expansive Therapy. I graduated from the counseling psychology program at Columbia University and started my career at the LGBT Center of Manhattan before running the LGBTQ division at the Kull Initiative for Psychotherapy.
I am trained in a cutting edge, emotion focused theory known as Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. I believe that mental health issues are caused by having to endure overwhelming emotions in isolation, so my goal is to undo aloneness in session and to help my clients process their emotions through to completion. My practice is rooted in the belief that we all have the potential to transform ourselves and feel whole, no matter what we have been through. We simply need to get in touch with the innate healing energy within us and give it permission to expand.
Megan Murphy, LMHC
I have practiced many forms of partnership. From the dance variety (working with Eliot Feld, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp among others) to long standing relationships as both a straight and queer identified person. I am passionate about connecting deeply with others. I’m a dedicated meditation practitioner, and I regularly nurture my spiritual growth, and continue my own journey of understanding self.
I integrate psychoanalytic theory, feminist theory, postmodern and Buddhist perspectives into my work. I have worked extensively with the Queer and Normative populations.
I received my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from NYU, as well as being certified in both Coaching (NYU) and Positive Psychology (Wholebeing Institute).
Antje Hofmeister, LMFT, PhD
My focus is on working with adults struggling with both long-standing issues--such as depression, anxiety and panic, compulsive behaviors, and post-traumatic stress—and with challenging life events, including relationship and work difficulties, major illness, life transitions, and trauma. I also deeply believe in the importance of providing LGBTQ+-affirmative therapy to members of our community, and actively strive to create a safe space for my LGBTQ+ clients. I enjoy working collaboratively with my clients’ other providers to provide a holistic approach to treatment, which helps my clients achieve their goals in all areas of their life.
I welcome clients who are considering entering into therapy for the first time, and will take the time to explore with you how the therapeutic relationship can fit into your life and work best for you. My approach is psychodynamic/psychoanalytic, which means that I work from within the therapeutic relationship to understand underlying factors that manifest as the symptoms, unwanted patterns of behavior, and obstacles to living more fully that you are looking to change. I often use tools from dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapy approaches.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and a Psychoanalyst member of the International Psychoanalytical Association. I earned my Master’s in Social-Clinical Psychology from New College of California and completed psychoanalytic training at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. In a former lifetime, I earned my Doctorate in Microbiology from Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, completed post-doctoral training at Harvard University, and served as Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the University of California, Berkeley.
I will begin seeing clients at Expansive Therapy on November 1st, 2019.