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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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Brooklyn Counseling – Mental Health, Therapy, NY Depression Help

Thriveworks began as a single windowless office with a big goal: to provide quality, accessible therapy to as many people as possible. Nearly ten years later, we’re a national franchise with some of the best therapists in the field.

As part of that national movement, Thriveworks Brooklyn NY counselors have one goal: to help you thrive! If you’re going through tough times, contact us. You don’t have to wait any longer to begin feeling better.

Who Needs Counseling?

Almost anyone can benefit from a few sessions with a therapist, though some people may need more help than others. While we do frequently see clients interested in general self-improvement, the majority of our clients come to see us because they’re suffering in some way.

Many of our clients know the source of their suffering—such as a recent loss, depression, a change in relationship status, or isolation from their loved ones due to a move. However, we also see many clients who come to us feeling a general sense of lethargy or emptiness, yet don’t know why they feel that way. The good news is, counseling can help in all of these cases.

Your Thriveworks Brooklyn NY counselor will get to know you as a person—what you enjoy, what you avoid, where you come from, and where you want to go—both in terms of geography and personal development or recovery. Once we understand you and your goals, we’ll be able to help you develop a plan to take you toward those goals.

We can help with many areas, including but not limited to:

  • Trauma processing and recovery
  • Grief counseling
  • Relationship counseling
  • Domestic abuse, including physical, mental/emotional, and sexual abuse
  • Career and life coaching
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders

Whether you see your issue above or not, whether you know what’s bothering you or not, if you think you could feel better, live better, we want to help you. We’re just a phone call away—and that phone will be answered by a real person.

The list of benefits from therapy with an experienced counselor is a mile long. Though the benefits received by each person will vary, the main benefit that rises above the others is simple: we want to help you feel more balanced and able to cope with life’s challenges.

Why Choose Thriveworks Brooklyn NY?

We know there are many options for therapy. In fact, picking a new therapist can feel a little overwhelming. That’s why we strive to make the process as easy and convenient as possible. We do this by providing the following:

  • Extended hours and no waitlist: Getting people the help they need is our priority, so we don’t believe in maintaining a waitlist. Typically, we see new patients within 24 hours. In addition, we want to make counseling as accessible as possible, so we have extended hours from 8am to 9pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 5pm on Saturday. We know how difficult it can be to fit in appointments between work and family commitments, so via extended hours we’re able to relieve a bit of the stress of seeking therapy.
  • We accept most major insurance plans and plans from many smaller companies. It’s important to us to remove as many barriers as possible from between our patients and therapy. We believe in working with insurance companies so you can receive therapy for just the cost of the copay. If you have questions about your particular policy and what it will cover, just give us a call. We’ll be happy to walk you through it.
  • Industry experts: Thriveworks Brooklyn NY counselors are leaders in the field of mental health. When you see one of our therapists, you’re working with a fully licensed professional with expertise in positive psychology. We’ve seen about every kind of problem out there, so you can feel comfortable in our offices knowing our goal is to help, not to judge.

Thriveworks Brooklyn therapists are fully licensed leaders in the field of mental health, and our priority is helping our clients. If you think you may need a little help, contact us. A Thriveworks Brooklyn NY counselor can see you as early as tomorrow—you can start feeling improvement as early as tomorrow.

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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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