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Rachel Shanken

LMHC, MSEd

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Address:
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...
  • ADHD/ADD
  • 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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Susan Weissbach
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Susan Weissbach

LCSW
Address:
Thriveworks Associates
280 N Central Ave Suite 310
Hartsdale, New York 10530

Trust and respect are the foundation of a successful therapy experience. I want my clients to feel safe and comfortable when we work together. I hope that at the end of each appointment, my clients think, she gets it.

As a clinical social worker with more than 15 years of experience, I work with individuals, couples, and families. I completed a postgraduate program at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and I incorporate family systems and support networks into my client’s care when appropriate.

I work with adults of any age and teenagers. I specialize in life-stage changes and stressors, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Many of my clients are parents whose children have anxiety or learning challenges.

I strongly believe in the mind/body connection and often work with my clients on becoming more mindful. I help my clients increase their self-awareness through slowing down, focusing on their breathing, and stretching exercises.

Counselor Interview Questions:

What made you want to become a therapist?

I've always felt drawn to wanting to help others.

What type of clients do you most enjoy working with?

Ones who are open to working on themselves and to persevering.

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

Helping them to see their inner strength and to see that they have more power than they realize.

Why do people get stuck? How do you help clients get unstuck?

It's easy to get stuck as we are creatures of habit. I help people get unstuck by working with them to see other options.

What do you know now that you didn't know when you first started your career as a counselor/therapist?

That people can be incredibly resilient.

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

To set healthy boundaries for themselves and with others..

How many sessions do most clients spend in counseling with you?

It's very variable, depending on whether there is a limited target issue someone wants to work on versus more complex issues. Therefore, it can be eight to ten sessions to a number of months or even a few years.

How long does it usually take for a client to begin to experience change?

A client can begin to experience change after as few as five sessions.

What should clients expect during their first counseling session with you?

That I will be asking about their presenting problem and then try to begin to get background information.

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

To make sure you feel comfortable with them, that you feel you like them and they like you.

How do your clients know if counseling is working?

By experiencing and seeing changes in their life.

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

Breathe and know it will be okay.

When working with couples, what is the most challenge you see?

That both people in the couple feel I, as the therapist, am on both their sides, that I'm there to help both of them.

When a relationship has experienced infidelity/adultery, does it ever recover?

It can. It really depends on the couple and their expectations of therapy and of one another, and on each person's willingness to trust the other going forward.

When a couple attends counseling, how long does it take for the couple's relationship to experience improvement?

It depends on how willing each person is to listening to the other and to make changes. It could be a handful of sessions to many sessions.

When counseling a couple, what's your goal for the first session?

To hear from each person how they define the problem and what they hope to accomplish in therapy.

Helps with...
  • Addiction
  • Adolescents
  • Aging
  • Anger
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's
  • Blended Family
  • Bulimia
  • Careers
  • Children
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples Dating
  • Dependency
  • Depressed Mood
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Fear/Phobia
  • Goal Setting
  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement
  • Impulsivity
  • Infidelity
  • Infidelity/Affair
  • Life Coaching
  • Money/Financial
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Issues
  • Single Life
  • Social Anxiety
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Under-achievemeny
  • Weight Management
  • Womens Issues
  • Workaholism
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay
  • Medicare
  • Empire
  • Blue Cross/ Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • MagnaCare

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People Love Our Providers!

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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.

Manhattan Counseling – Mental Health, Therapists, New York City Depression

Your life, like everyone else’s, is likely going to be full of twists and turns from start to finish. Things happen that you don’t expect, both in a positive and negative direction, and your happiness is often related to how you deal with those unexpected events. Obviously, the negative events can be tough to handle, so working with a qualified counselor is a great idea. If you would like some help sorting through the challenges that you are facing in your life, please feel free to contact the team here at Thriveworks Manhattan Counseling right away. We are dedicated to helping our patients live the lives they dream of, and we will work hard to make that happen for you.

One of the major factors that determines the path that your life is going to take is your career. If you are successful in your career, you will likely make a nice salary and enjoy the confidence and self-esteem that comes along with succeeding. However, if your career goes in an unexpected direction out of nowhere, you might find yourself struggling from an emotional (as well as financial) perspective. Should you run into trouble in your professional life, our counseling and life coaching options may be just the thing to get you back on track. Among the many potential benefits of this kind of treatment includes the following points:

  • Increased motivation to help you tackle each day
  • Perspective on the big picture of your life and career
  • Finding new goals to give your career purpose
  • Placing emphasis on other things in life, such as family

Of course, you may be facing problems in life that are bigger than your career. If you are going through emotional issues currently that are making it difficult for you to enjoy day to day life, you may want to seek out the help of a professional therapist such as those here at Thriveworks Manhattan Counseling. We can help to address a number of various issues, including:

  • Depression, anxiety
  • Loss of joy, changes in personality
  • Poor self image, unhealthy eating habits
  • Addictions to drugs and alcohol
  • Many more

Whether it is you personally or someone that you care about that is dealing with a difficult time in life right now, seeking help is one of the best choices you can make. While no therapy or treatment option can be guaranteed to work for you, our services have helped many others get back on track and we hope they will do the same for you in your life. When you come in to our Manhattan Counseling office, you will find that our entire staff is understanding of your issues and we will do our best to create an environment that makes you feel valued and welcomed for each visit.

To get started, please feel free to give us a call at your convenience. We appreciate your time in visiting our page, and we hope to speak with you soon.

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