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I welcome clients struggling with an array of issues from anxiety, codependency, addiction, and eating disorders. I am typically the best fit for people who are motivated and looking to make difficult changes in their life that they have struggled with managing on their own and need more support with. I offer a warm and inviting space to meet people where they are at and walk with them through the process. I gently challenge limiting beliefs, whether it is perfectionism or "not enoughness" that usually hold people back from being their most authentic and compassionate selves
Weekdays After 5pm
Weekdays 9am - 5pm
In-person available: Yes
Virtual available: Yes
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Elisa G., Colleague
I previously worked with at risk youth at a preventative to placement family therapy program, where I collaborated with other clinicians to provide a comprehensive treatment approach for these teens. My goal was to help caregivers build skills to more effectively manage their child’s behaviors and empower them to feel more confident in their parenting abilities by utilizing the support of the loved ones in their lives. I have also facilitated substance use groups in an alternative-to-incarceration program at Argus Community Center.
I have always had a fascination with people and hearing their stories and what makes each of them unique. I know how much seeing a therapist has helped me on my own journey during very stressful life transitions. So for me, it is a privilege and an honor to be able to be that person for my clients during their most vulnerable moments.
I always strive to be collaborative with my clients and tailor treatment to whatever best meets their needs. What works for one client might not work for another and vice versa. My approach is to help empower clients to feel that they have more autonomy in their lives and feel more confident in trusting themselves and their intuitions.
Some of the best parts are when clients come into session with excitement and are proud of themselves after they have made progress, taking challenging actions that we have worked on together. To see the changes in them, sometimes before they even recognize it in themselves, is what makes this work meaningful for me.
-A single father and his 13 year old daughter who were in therapy together both shared that they had experienced sexual traumas.. I acknowledged and validated the strength it took to even share about what each of them had experienced and how that was one of the hardest things that they would have to do in our work together. I remained open and held space for each of them to share, when they were ready to, about what they had experienced, without trying to fix or change things. I listened and guided them to where they felt most comfortable to begin processing the hurt. -A heterosexual couple came into treatment after a three years of marriage, stating that they had difficulty communicating and trusting one another. After a few sessions, I made some direct observations that it appeared as though each of them fell into the trap of mindreading and often assumed to know what the other was thinking/feeling. They were at first surprised by my comment, but eventually admitted that this was true and that it usually led to a lot of arguments and dismissed feelings. We were able to brainstorm ways in which they could be more communicative with one another and not jump to conclusions, or take the other’s actions personally.
I would suggest it be an ongoing conversation between us and that no sudden changes have to be made. But nothing has to be permanent, so if after some time and various approaches, you decide that you’d like to pause or take a step back from therapy, I am here to honor your wishes. I would also be here if you decided to return after some time away from therapy.
I would say something along the lines of, “There seems to be something going on in your life that is prompting you to consider receiving help, and this has led you here today to learn more about your options. Nothing can hurt if you try out something new and keep an open mind during the process. It can be scary or overwhelming, but just taking the first step and asking for help is more than half the battle.”
I aim to provide a direct and transparent approach to changing your thoughts and behaviors. I am coming from an unbiased perspective and my honesty might not always be what you want to hear or what you hope for, like it could be with friends/loved ones. But my mission is to have these honest reflections lead to long term healing and progress within you, even if in the moment it might not feel like it.
No preparation needed! Just an open mind and a willingness to share with me where you are at and what you are hoping to achieve by coming to therapy.
I gauge how much or how little the client wants to disclose during a particular session and then go from there to determine how much input I can provide. Some clients prefer to do more talking and other clients need a little more time for us to get to know each other before they feel comfortable sharing more. I am here to meet clients where they are at.
I share certain aspects when it seems like it will be beneficial to the client and to fostering their growth and progress. I share these details on a case by case basis, and it depends on the relationship I have built with the client during our work together and on our mutual understanding and respect.
It really depends on what specific concerns or struggles you have and the goals you would like to accomplish during our time together. Some clients have specific and concrete things they would like to work on and are motivated to achieve them within a few months. Other clients may come in with an idea of their struggles but over time find that there are deeper things they would like to focus on that can take up to several months or years to work through. How long a client stays in therapy is based on what the client and I determine is the best fit for what they are currently experiencing.
I would address it from the start of treatment and ask how their values will play into our work together. I always want to be culturally sensitive and continue checking in along the way that I am matching with what fits best into their backgrounds and not assume to know what walking in their shoes has been like.
I would gently point this out in session and acknowledge your frustrations. I would assess what roadblocks we are hitting, how this can be a microcosm of what is going on in your life outside of session, and what we can do differently moving forward to get “unstuck.”
At times, the people we are closest to see the changes in us before we even do. You may be benefiting from our work together if you find yourself using the tools we discuss together and notice that you are responding differently in certain situations; that is definitely progress! Sometimes even the smallest changes are indicators that we are moving in the right direction.
I received my master’s degree in mental health counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. I have also attended several workshops on eating disorders treatment, 12-step recovery approaches, cultural competency, mindfulness techniques, and Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral skills building.
Therapy is a safe and accepting space where a client can be vulnerable with an unbiased, trained professional about what struggles and successes they are experiencing in their lives. It is a useful place where people can be authentic and unapologetic about where they are at, without fear of being rejected. It is a way for people to talk through their thoughts and emotions and make progress by changing these thoughts, which can lead to healthier behaviors and, thus, more fulfilling lives.
I have extensive experience working with severe and persistent disorders like Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. I also have experience with clients who have experienced traumas and those struggling with addictions to alcohol, substances, and eating disorders.
I do suggest various homework or readings/podcasts for clients to do in between sessions so that we are maximizing our time together during treatment. If we meet for 45 minute sessions each week, I also want clients to have opportunities to learn more and practice new skills during the other thousands of minutes in between our sessions. They deserve to get the most out of their time and money!