what i bring + what you bring = therapy
For those who've never been in therapy before, let's start by simplifying it: therapy is a collaborative relationship; it boils down to what I bring plus what you bring. Some ingredients include you, your story, your concerns, me, and my tools. Please make no mistake, you're the master of your life. You drive, I ride shotgun.
The very first step (and probably most important ingredient) is finding a "good fit," which basically means a therapist who gets you.
There's no shortage of therapists in NYC, and (from personal experience) that in and of itself can make finding a therapist overwhelming. I jokingly compare shopping for a therapist to dating in that you may have to kiss a few frogs before finding "the one." I sought for a therapist who was relatable in some way and I prioritized personality. I had to actually like my therapist, otherwise listening to (and using) their feedback would be next to impossible. Know what's important to you, keep an open mind and allow a few sessions; you'll know when you've found a good fit, you'll feel it!
I tend to approach therapy from a holistic standpoint by focusing on overall wellness and your whole story, as opposed to individual parts.
How you define mental and physical health, your past, present, and future, your relationships, work/life balance, goals, and symptoms are all equally important.
I naturally lean towards Cognitive Behavioral and Psychodynamic therapy (which are fancy clinical terms that include thoughts, emotions, behavior, and early-life experiences) because most clients can initially benefit from processing those areas. However, my work is 100% tailored to fit your personality, needs and goals. I aim to establish rapport, develop a strong, collaborative relationship, and guide you to tap into your innate ability to heal yourself. Together we'll create the healthiest version of yourself.
I believe every single person can benefit from therapy no matter concern or state of health.
A huge misconception is that you have to wait until something catastrophic happens or exhaust all resources before seeking professional help. I find that therapy is most beneficial when you're feeling well and you take a proactive approach to your health (you don't wait until you feel the worst). If you currently feel that you're not in need of therapy at the moment keep in mind that personal growth isn't always linear...