Marilyn Rukaj

Marilyn Rukaj


Marilyn Rukaj, LMHC

My therapeutic style is compassionate, non-judgmental, and provides a safe and open space so that you may express yourself freely. I work with adults of all ages who are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, career issues, life transitions, interpersonal issues, low self-esteem, couples’ issues, grief, and cultural and identity concerns. Together, we can work towards improving your quality of life as we identify and process the areas of your life that are causing you pain or discomfort. Then, we will work on developing and utilizing new skills to create a positive future for you.

I view each relationship as a unique interaction of two individuals and will tailor the therapeutic techniques I use depending on your needs. I utilize an integrative approach that is comprised of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This eclectic approach provides you with a personalized treatment plan tailored to you as an individual. This enables you to feel understood, grounded, empowered, and in control of yourself. I have a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University.

Finding the right therapist can be challenging, but taking the first step towards helping yourself is empowering. Please call or message our office today with any questions, or to schedule an appointment. I hope to hear from you!



  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, New York


  • Masters of Science in Education in Mental Health Counseling, Fordham University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Montclair State University


  • English (Native)
  • Albanian (Fluent)


  • In-Person / Office
  • Telehealth


  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Career Counseling
  • Co-Dependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Identity Issues
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transition
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Multicultural issues
  • OCD Concerns
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women’s Issues


  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Adlerian Theory
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapy (MBCT)
  • Person-Centered

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Our Office

At Peaceful Way Psychology, we believe in diversity. We provide different therapeutic techniques in order to tailor therapy to meet your unique needs and goals.

Our therapists provide individual counseling, couples counseling, and family therapy.

We are conveniently located at 260 Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan, close to Grand Central Station (4, 5, 6, 7, S trains and Metro North), Bryant Park (B, D, F, M, 7 trains), and Penn Station (1, 2, 3, A, C, E trains, LIRR, and NJ Transit).

Contact Us

Peaceful Way Psychology offers extended hours, including early morning, evening, and weekend appointments. We make it easy for you to get started. Our insurance specialist will check your benefits, including deductibles and coinsurance, and provide you with an estimate of costs prior to your first appointment.

Please contact us below, or through or 212-335-0511 to schedule your complimentary 15-minute phone consultation, or to book your first session.

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