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Rachel Shanken


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Thriveworks Associates
345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1201F
New York, NY 10001

Life is hard. People often feel stuck or stressed out. Sometimes, their feelings are overwhelming, and sometimes, people have trouble feeling anything at all. Can you relate?

Every day, I help people who are doing their best with life’s challenges and want some help and guidance along the way.

For over 9 years, I have worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have always been a student of the human experience, and I appreciate how challenging and complex life can be. I also appreciate how resilient people can be. Pain is not forever. Life might feel like it will never change, but healing is always possible. Taking the first step toward a challenging goal may be the hardest part. But you do not have to take that step alone. I’m here to provide support and guidance. I have completed extensive training for mental health counseling and a mind-body holistic certification. Embodiment work infuses the therapy I provide, empowering my clients to breathe easier during life’s toughest challenges and changes. Together, my clients and I figure out how to remove the roadblocks that are keeping them from their goals. We examine root causes of those problems so they can be resolved. I respect, support, and welcome my clients’ perspectives while also helping them experience themselves in a new way. I have created a comfortable, safe, and non-judgmental therapy environment, and aim to form an empathetic and supportive relationship with each client.

Many clients have received my insight, support, and mind-body tools, and they have also experienced more joy, less stress, increased self-awareness, and self-acceptance.

Counselor Interview Questions:

What made you want to become a therapist?

Growing up the child of a psychologist and a psychiatrist, the seeds of curiosity were planted early on. Part and parcel of most dinner conversations included analyzing, connecting and discovering. I was inquisitive about my own inner-workings and the inner-workings of others. I thrived on peeling back the layers of an issue, making connections, and identifying more mysteries along the way. That fascination turned into a commitment to myself to continually work on personally growing and eventually help others to do the same.

What's do you like most about working with clients?

The joy and exhilaration I feel in providing support and bearing witness to others as they courageously delve deep inside and find the treasures within themselves is unmatched. It feels like magic, although it’s actually the most real thing I have ever experienced.

Do you use any specific counseling method or philosophy?

What’s especially unique about the way I work with people is that I always infuse the work with mind-body and body-mind awareness which gives my clients more holistic, well-rounded and deep insight about themselves. It also allows for healing at the deepest levels, as our issues are not only in our head or in our hearts, but our issues are now proven to be held in our tissues.

What is one thing that you try to teach every client?

Change is possible! You can do it! Being human is hard work. BUT, you don’t have to do it alone and there’s no prize at the end for having suffered. I can offer you tools, insight and deep levels of support so that you can eventually go out and lead the life you want. It takes work, but it’s the most rewarding kind of work you can do.

What would you say to a client who was nervous about his or her first session?

It’s completely normal to feel nervous for your first session. You have overcome other scary experiences in the past and you will surmount this one too. No matter how it goes, you will be ok. Deep breaths and honesty with your therapist about how you’re feeling can often help alleviate some of the overwhelming feelings.

What advice would you give to a client trying to choose a therapist?

Check in with yourself about how you feel while being with them. Some questions you might want to ask yourself: Do I feel a connection? Do I feel listened to and understood? Do I feel warmth and empathy? Do they seem like someone I might be able to feel safe with and trust once I know them better? By the way, some discomfort is normal in therapy, but if you feel extreme levels of discomfort, that’s something to pay attention to.

What can a client do to prepare for his/her first counseling appointment?

Consider what your goals are in therapy. How would you like to feel? What do you want to change? What you’d like your life to be like once you have completed your treatment? If you aren’t sure about your goals, that’s ok too – I can help you with this.

Helps with...
  • Aging
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family
  • Bulimia
  • Careers
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Dependency
  • Depressed Mood
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Fear/Phobia
  • Goal Setting
  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement
  • Impulsiveness
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Life Coaching
  • Narcissism
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Issues
  • Single Life
  • Skin Picking Disorder
  • Sleep/ Insomnia
  • Social Anxiety
  • Spirituality
  • Sports
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma/ PTSD
  • Under-achievement
  • Weight Management
  • Women Issues
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay

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The Bronx Counseling – Mental Health, Therapy, New York Depression Help

Change, whether expected or unexpected, is hard. It can leave us confused, overwhelmed and questioning what to do.

If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. The experienced therapists and life coaches at Bronx Counseling can help!

Do I Need Help?

If you’re asking the question, maybe so. It can be hard to acknowledge that we aren’t able to handle issues on our own. The truth is, some issues are bigger or more complex than we are equipped to handle on our own.
It’s not a sign of weakness to seek help. It is a sign of strength when you can reach out for help.

Counseling is a gift you give yourself

People seek counseling and coaching for many reasons. Some have serious mental illness. Some are struggling with life transitions or relationship issues. Others come seeking support and guidance.

Some of the reasons people seek help are:

  • Sadness or depression
  • Anxiety or stress
  • PTSD
  • Career and life transitions
  • Marital or family issues
  • Life coaching and goal setting
  • Grief and loss
  • And many, many more…

Maybe you aren’t even sure what your need is. Perhaps you are just not feeling your best…off your game. If so, an Bronx therapist or Bronx life coach can help you sort out what is causing you distress and recommend a plan of action to get you back to feeling your best.

Your Bronx Counseling provider will fully assess your situation and work with you to understand what is happening. Together you will develop a plan to achieve the goals you set. Your therapist or life coach is your partner in the journey. You make the decisions as to where that journey takes you.

How Do I Find A Bronx Counseling provider?

Getting started is easy! Simply call Bronx Counseling at 917-525-2451 and one of our dedicated staff members will help you get started. They will answer any questions you may have about Bronx Counseling’s services. They will take some basic information and pair you with the appropriate Bronx Counseling provider.

From your first call, you will find that we are different. We work hard to earn our clients respect and trust. We know your time is valuable and that you don’t want to wait days or weeks for an appointment. We can usually pair you with an Bronx therapist or an Bronx life coach within 24 hours. From there, your journey begins.

Reaching out is the first step on your journey to wellness. The experienced team at Bronx Counseling would be honored to take that journey with you.

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.

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