Hi, I’m Kiyonda.

I want to say that I’m proud of you for starting this process. Let’s have an open, heartfelt talk about what’s going on in your life and in your heart. This is a partnership and it’s important for us to be honest in this process so that I can do my best in my assessment to nurture your growth. I will always show up as my authentic self, hoping to provide you with a brave space to show up as your authentic self. 

Together, we can help you understand yourself more deeply, shift unhelpful thought patterns, establish healthy self-care and relationships, and truly thrive. My role is to meet you exactly where you are now with complete empathy, create a safe space for transparent conversations, help illuminate patterns or root causes of distress, and offer the psychological tools personalized for your growth. Together we’ll nurture resilience, insight and sustainable life balance.

Licensed in New York

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Working with me

I blend research-backed modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness practices, and play therapy to meet your unique needs. But I won’t just throw theoretically proven models at you. Counseling is a human relationship built on mutual trust, respect and safety. I’ll start by listening closely so I can get to know the beautifully complex person within you.

My goal isn’t to rush you through textbook therapeutic checklists. It’s to support you on your personal journey toward hope, self-worth and wholeness – no matter how long that takes or what unexpected turns that involves. Each small step forward is meaningful progress.

I also love creating out-of-the-box, fun ways to heal. I have a distinctive gift for working with youth and adolescents but equipped to make healing fun for all. Who says that therapy can’t be fun? 

My belief is therapy at any age can be fun. I’m not dismissing the hard work one has to put into it.  It doesn’t have to feel scary or dreadful. I would love to change that narrative. I’ve been blessed that clients are excited to come to therapy even though they know it will be challenging. They know it’s their time to heal, learn, laugh, and grow.


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About Me

Self-acceptance or self-love in a world that denies that your skin’s hue has beauty or your hair is desirable was a challenge for me growing up. I didn’t receive the emotional deposits a child needs in their formative years to allow them to feel secure. This and other environmental factors lead to abusive relationships, self-esteem issues, anxious attachment styles, and much more. During this time, I learned that I needed an outlet. I have always been a talker, so the outlet for me was being heard.

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I did not always get the opportunity to be heard, but I wanted to ensure others did not feel the way I felt. I became an advocate for others, no matter the issues, I disliked injustice of any sort. 

Imagine a teen determined to give a voice to the voiceless, that was me. I had great intentions but needed modifications in my strategies. I had a teacher in 8th grade that made a huge impression on me. She was willing to listen to me beyond her designated hours and invested time in me. 

No, I didn’t want to become a teacher but I wanted to heal people in the way she was unknowingly healing me, and that was through conversation and building a relationship. She is the reason I believe there is no such thing as a “bad” kid, they are just in need of an outlet, a person who is willing to listen and see them beyond the ridicule or pain.

My Approach


M.S.W. Clinical Social Work, Long Island University (2017)

B.A.  in Criminal Justice, John Jay of Criminal Justice (2011)

Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals Certification (2022)

Differential Diagnosis Using the DSM-5-TR Certification (2023)



Attachment wounds related to dating, codependency, peer relationships, relationships






Life transitions (including caregiver stress & support)

LGBTQIA & Sexuality

Men's issues

Women's issues


Performance anxiety

Racial & cultural identity





Young Adults



Prioritize your mental health and self-care from the comfort of your home.

Schedule a free 15 minute phone consult here. We’ll chat about any questions you might have, and it’ll be an opportunity for me to learn more about you and what you’re going through.


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I tried two Betterhelp therapists before I came here.. wow the difference between the quality of therapy is notable. Quality therapy is different. My therapist isn't distracted. She remembers what I tell her and notices patterns. I'm glad I didn't just give up on therapy when it didn't pan out the first two times.
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I originally had some anxiety about therapy but it's been helpful to talk through that along with other childhood issues I've been dealing with.
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Thank you for everything!
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Priscilla is a wonderful colleague. She is a kind, insightful, and attentive therapist who is committed to her patients’ growth and who will support them throughout their journeys.


Meeting consistently and stably on a weekly basis will help build safety and trust, which is essential for the work to progress on a deeper level. Biweekly sessions impact the effectiveness of therapy. 

Often, meeting less frequently results in a ‘catch up’ type of session and does not allow for the time, space, and emotional capacity needed to address what goes on beneath the surface.

Depending on the level of our work, there are also times when meeting two or more times a week is appropriate, and that will always come from us talking and making that decision together.

Therapy can last any time between a year to many more, as long as you are still progressing from our work. The length of therapy depends on what you want and need, and what you want/need can be fluid and dynamic. 

Healing and personal growth is not strict or predictable. You can start off by wanting to address something very specific (e.g. “I want to feel less anxious”), but through our work together could realize a deeper meaning to these anxious symptoms (e.g. “I feel anxious because I am terrified of intimacy” to “I’ve had very familiar experiences of being emotionally suffocated when I was close to people”). Realizing these deeper long-standing issues may then shape the focus and length of treatment. 

Regardless of why you are seeking therapy and how long you hope to be in treatment, it is important to remember that your thoughts and input are invaluable to us, and the pace and length of treatment will always be a collaborative discussion.

No information will be released without your written consent unless mandated by law. Possible exceptions to confidentiality include but are not limited to the following situations: child abuse; abuse of the elderly or disabled; criminal prosecutions; situations where the client is a danger, physically or emotionally, to themselves or another person. 

Anyone who wants a space to explore and discover more about themselves can benefit from therapy. If you’re unsure, try asking yourself these questions:

  • Am I content with the way I live my life?
  • Is the way I live myself and relate to others congruent with what I authentically value , feel, and want?
  • Are there areas of my life or self-development that I feel stuck in?
  • Have I been trying the same things over and over again to feel better, expecting different results, but still feeling stagnant?

You may not need to know the full answer to these questions to try a few sessions. Sometimes, mulling this over aloud with a therapist can help you sort out your thoughts and answers. That’s also part of the therapy process!

A 45-minute session with Kiyonda starts at $150 depending on the modality (individual versus couples). 

We are out-of-network providers for all major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, and United Health Care. 

Out-of-network psychotherapy coverage varies by carrier and policy. If you have out-of-network coverage, you can get reimbursed approximately 50-80% of each session after the deductible is met. It can be confusing if you don’t know the right questions to ask. Here is some guidance below.

Here are 3 simple steps.

Therapists, like all humans, have different personalities and ways of working. Naturally, not everyone will be a match for each other. That being said, we are still happy to have been a part of your journey and want to help in any way we can by offering recommendations for your therapist search as well as reaching out to our networks to see if anyone offers the kind of therapy you are looking for 🙂 

Therapy at our practice is not a passive process or a quick solution. People seeking a quick fix without having to do much work themselves may not be a good fit. Therapy is a gradual and ongoing process. It involves self-discovery, exploration, and developing coping mechanisms over time. Meaningful change often requires time and consistent effort.