I have over 30 years of experience providing psychotherapy to individuals. I love what I do and the feedback I receive is that I am a great listener and easy to speak to. My main area of expertise is working with people who have experienced Trauma and trauma. I have extensive training in Internal Family Systems, level II trained. I have studied and practice Awake Awareness and Somatic Therapy. In spite of my training I am open to providing my clients what they need in a modality they are comfortable with. I believe clients have their own answers and need help looking inward to hearing what they need and want.
Weekdays Before 9am
Weekdays 9am - 5pm
Weekdays After 5pm
In-person available: No
Virtual available: Yes
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Eating Patterns or Eating Disorders
Out of network providers
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Get to Know Irene
I am willing to share things about myself if my sharing benefits you. The session should be about you, not me. I will offer my opinions, and I will share my reactions, if asked. Some people have the mistaken idea that the therapist has to be just like them in order for the therapist to understand them. Some clients will ask questions to see if the therapist is like them. The reality is we are all different. Even if you and I have been through the exact same situation, we will each have our own reaction to that situation. Some people wish that the therapist is like them so they will not have to explain and describe as much. This wish, though understandable, misses the value of you “telling” your story. Having the therapist “witness” your experience, with you, is part of the healing process.
I allow you to decide this. If you want to leave, I do not try to hold you back. However, I do hope you will take time to review the work we have done. I hope you will look at the gains you have made. I would like you to be clear why you are leaving and aware of what issues might require some attention in the future. If and when you choose to return, I will welcome you back. I understand and accept that sometimes people come and go.
I have a master’s degree in social work from Hunter College. I am a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Beyond graduate school, I’ve continued to learn and improve my skills. I am a Level 2 trained Internal Family System (IFS) therapist. I practice and study Awake Awareness. I continue to study and open my awareness to people who are different than me in terms of race, sexual identification, neurodiversity and are in non traditional relationships. I am interested in helping people reintegrate insights they had after using psychedelic medicines.
Example 1: A young woman came to see me because she felt like she “messed up” every relationship she had. She was sure she just didn't know what she was doing wrong because she had not learned to “act right.” While “Sarah” was in such a self-blaming place, she could not look at what was happening. She eventually worked towards softening the self-blame, just enough, so she could objectively look at what was happening. This new view allowed her also to see what the other person’s role was in the failed relationship. We are now working on her seeing her value as well as what are the essential parts of who she is. She is seeing that she is not what other people say she is. She is working on valuing her unique qualities that make her who she is. She is seeing that she can adjust her interactions if she approaches herself gently and with compassion. It is easier to learn, grow and change in an environment of self love and self respect. Example 2: Steven is a 37 year old man whose life on the surface looks great. He is smart, good looking has a great career as a consultant in the film industry. Steven came to my office complaining of an overwhelming sadness that he could not attach to any particular event. Steven came to therapy afraid of what he might discover in himself but his pain outweighed his fear. Overtime Steven developed trust in himself and in me that allowed him to explore his inner world. He came to understand that one cannot avoid painful situations but he could react in a healthier way. In therapy he developed skills that mitigated pain and showed him how he could learn from the experience. These skills are helping him navigate his life in a more rich and joyful way.
I worked in several community-based mental health clinics with all ages. I established and ran a Geriatric Care Management business for over 20 years
I want change personally, politically and globally. I want the world to be a better place.
I believe there are many caring and talented therapists out there. I am intuitive, warm and nonjudgmental. People have told me I am easy to speak to.
When you trust me enough be open with yourself and me. There is nothing more magical than speaking to you in the language of your inner world.
I am trained on how and what to listen for. A friend will give you advice that you may or may not find helpful. I will help you figure out for yourself what you want and how you can make the change that you seek happen.
Come in and tell me your thoughts and feelings
There is no hard and fast rule here. Many times, when clients come in for the first few sessions they have a lot of emotions that have been bottled up, and they need to talk. I actively listen. As time goes on and I get to understand what issues you are dealing with, I will point out patterns, themes and common threads. I always encourage you to give me feedback about how things are going.
Unless there is an immediate feeling that “this is not the right person for me,” I would suggest you give it three sessions. I can’t say how long you should stay in therapy. You make your own decision about when you feel good enough to stop. I support your desire to leave when you feel good about where you are. I welcome clients back when and if they want to return. Clients will sometimes do this for a short check in or if a new issue arises. I believe you should take what you need and move on when you are done.
I acknowledge differences right from the beginning and I am open to hearing if you think I am not “getting” you. I am very comfortable telling you when I sense I do not understand what your experience is.
I ask. I look for feedback. I welcome hearing both what is not going well and what is going well. If I find you just reporting and not working, I will point this out.
I see change. I see changes in behavior, mood and thought process. If you are not sure, I welcome discussing this with you.
Therapy is a process, a journey, a vehicle for change. You come to therapy when you want things to be different in your life. You come to therapy because you are sad or anxious. You come because you feel lost or empty. You come because you experience problems in your relationships with family, friends or with people at work. You seek out therapy usually when you have experienced a change or disruption in your life. This change or disruption sometimes highlights things that you are unhappy with. At its best, therapy infuses us with hope, teaches us self-care and fosters resilience.
If you ask for this I can provide readings. We will work together on learning to observe yourself and your feelings between sessions. If you want to keep a journal, I welcome this; you can bring the journal in and share it with me.
I believe in social and economic justice. I believe that everyone has value regardless of race, physical attributes, abilities or disabilities, education, or intellectual levels. I accept and affirm people of all sexual orientations as well as transgender and sexual non-conforming people. I am open to hearing how you live your life and I am not judgmental.