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 that includes things you & I bring. In my opinion, energy is the most important factor - beyond other ingredients such as my approach, training, credentials, etc. Therapy is such an intimate experience that involves an exchange of energy, so it’s important to trust the vibe you get (with me or any therapist you see)!
There's no shortage of therapists in NYC, and 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 energy. I had to vibe with 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 story, concerns, relationships, and goals, are all important for our work. I do not believe you’re broken or that you need to be healed. I believe we’re all vulnerable to changes in how we think, feel, and act, and we’re all capable of improving our mental health - even if we need a little guidance!
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 tailored to fit your personality, needs goals to help you 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 help. I find that therapy is most beneficial when you're feeling well and you take a proactive approach to your health (instead of waiting until you feel your worst). If you currently feel that you're not in need of therapy at the moment I encourage you to challenge your growth.