Clinical Director + Licensed Psychotherapist
Lucas Saiter, MA, LMHC
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"You have what it takes to create a vibrant life."
Meet Lucas Saiter, MA, LMHC,
Clinical Director + Licensed Psychotherapist

I offer psychotherapy in many areas, including LGBTQIA+ individuals working on strengthening identity, helping Latinx individuals and couples navigate relational and family issues, immigrants adjusting to living in NYC, adults and young adults dealing with anxiety, depression, anger management, identity, grief and bereavement, trauma, and relationship and intimacy concerns.

I draw on psychodynamic, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral techniques to help people develop a more holistic sense of themselves so they have more control over their lives. I’m passionate about helping people gain awareness, agency, and authenticity. Through personalized therapy, I’m dedicated to developing a working relationship with clients, and I see therapy as an opportunity to work together to develop goals.

My approach is characterized as a collaborative, compassionate, and active, where individuals can find authenticity in themselves and make meaningful change in their lives by recognizing patterns and finding a voice for themselves.

I offer therapy in English and Brazilian Portuguese, my native language.

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License Info

License No. and State: 009993/New York

NPI: 1992292502

Client Focus

Education + Affiliations

New York University

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Wellness

Penn State University

B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience


Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Center for Gender and Sexuality


Are you ready to grow and expand into the life you want?


My work is based in empowerment, social justice, and collaboration. I believe that together we can explore your life in an effort to develop a more wholesome you, helping you flourish in your relationships, work, and personal life.

Although I may sometimes recommend a book, video, mindfulness activity, etc., the “homework” I usually offer is that clients reflect on the things we discuss, which can often provide insight in between sessions. Sometimes, depending on the need of the client, specific tasks can be useful.

I received my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from New York University and continued my field training at Baruch College Counseling Center. I am currently training at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy in their three-year LGBT+ Certificate program.

Therapy is a chance for us to explore more about ourselves, in a safe and supportive environment. It’s an opportunity to develop a fresh outlook on life, the inner self, and our relationships with others in order to broaden our awareness like never before. It also helps us understand the narrative we have about ourselves and where that might come from. Through exploration of our personal story, we can uncover unconscious patterns and work through them in order to develop flourishing relationships and a more satisfying life.

I keep myself mindful of any changes in my clients’ experiences in and outside of therapy. I remain present if in one week, for example, they experience heartbreak or any life difficulty, and in another week they’re feeling more assertive or compassionate toward themselves. By being aware of these changes, we’re able to do more of the difficult work, which shows me that our work together is moving.

Sometimes clients will repeat similar themes each week and verbalize feelings of being stuck, unseen, or unheard. When this happens, I get the sense that they are wanting more, either from therapy, life, or both. And so I like to check in from time to time to make sure we’re still on the right path.

By asking questions often and trying my best to minimize assumptions. I try to be mindful that everyone’s experience is unique, and my goal is to try to step into their world. So I’m very upfront about multicultural issues, and I continuously ask if I’m missing the mark.

Assuming we’re a good fit, most clients commit to at least 3 months of therapy. At that point, some choose to stay for more long-term insight-oriented work, while others who have achieved their goals take a break. It ultimately depends on your needs/wants and the kind of issues that brought you to therapy.

I share things about myself when it’s relevant to the work and helps guide sessions. Healing is often a large part of the work you do in therapy, so sometimes sharing things about myself, such as feelings that come up for me or a shared experience, can often promote that healing.

My sessions are often described as active and collaborative.

Nothing really to prepare; just having an open mind is preparation enough. If you’d like to prepare in some way, reflect on what brings you to therapy.

Friends and loved ones can often be biased to your situation. So therapy is a great opportunity for you to learn more about yourself, your past, your relationship with the world, and how to better manage things that come your way. Therapy is much more than letting things out, which we all do with friends and loved ones; it’s about deep exploration and creating meaningful change.

We all have some difficulty with being vulnerable with others, especially a stranger. So I try my best to normalize this emotion and express that we all have this worry. Between the nervousness and finding the right fit, I try to empower people to come in for a few sessions and try it out. By normalizing and offering compassion and support, clients are often able to commit to therapy and become more accepting of how rewarding it can be. Therapy can be a good next step for you if you need a safe space to process and explore life’s challenges and complexities.

Some people like to leave therapy after reaching the goals they came in with. Others prefer to continue long-term therapy so they can process things as they come, checking in each week. It ultimately depends on your needs.

Seeing individuals remember the things that bring them joy. It changes the air in the room, and I can visibly see them become lighter, which is an honor to be a part of.



30 Minutes


We’ll begin by discussing your needs and goals as we get to know each other.

Therapy Session

45-60 minutes


After our consultation, we’ll begin our work together to help you find clarity.

Couples Therapy

60 Minutes


Let's work together to help you thrive in your couple.


60 Minutes


Heal trauma by changing how traumatic memories are stored in the brain.



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