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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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Mental Health Therapy New York City – Counselors, Coaches

Life, like a rollercoaster, has a lot of ups and downs. Profiles on Instagram or Facebook may lead people to believe that life is all good, only fun, and never hard, but reality is a lot different. Everybody has both joys and challenges in life. While life’s challenges are not usually fun, they are normal, whether they are posted on social media or not. Life’s challenges can also be opportunities. When handled well, difficulties can spur people on toward growth and a more fulfilled life.

During a hardship, people usually respond in one of two ways …

  1. Pretend there is not a problem and, therefore, do not make changes to solve it.
  2. Admit there is a problem and begin to solve it.

In the short-term, the first response is generally easier, and most people live with some degree of denial about the problems in their lives. However, this response has a price: denial often means people become stuck in their problems instead of growing to overcome them. In the long-term, people who opt for the second response are often glad they did because they can move passed many of the problems in their lives.

But admitting that there are problems in our lives, and even in ourselves, is uncomfortable. As with much of life, doing the right thing can mean doing the more difficult thing. The good news is that there is help along the way. Mental health counselors and coaches often walk beside people as they face the ups and downs of life, giving needed support and structure for life’s challenges.

The counselors and coaches at Thriveworks New York City often give their clients the compassionate support and professional guidance they need to admit the challenges life has given them, overcome those challenges, and live a happier life.

Why Therapy with a Thriveworks New York City Counselor?

Everybody faces hardship, but the specific circumstances of each person’s life are unique. While listing every mental health challenge our therapists have treated would be impossible, it may help to know that our office has helped people who face …

  • Anxiety.
  • Infidelity.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Grief.
  • Depression.
  • Parenting challenges.
  • Addiction.
  • Sexual issues.
  • Insomnia.
  • Marriage tension.
  • Anger management.
  • Job loss.
  • Life transitions.

Do you recognize any of these issues in your own life? If so, know that our therapists have extensive experience helping clients overcome these challenges and pursue personal and professional goals, even dreams that have been set aside for year.

If not, know that it’s normal to feel like something is not quite right but not be able to name it. Putting a label onto a problem can feel scary. Our therapists see clients all the time who need help clarifying their experiences. We get it, and we would love to help.

Reclaiming Dreams

For many people, big events have altered the trajectory of their lives. Maybe a loved one has suddenly died, their marriage has disintegrated, or they have lost a job. For others, they live with on-going mental health difficulties. Maybe they have an addiction, anxiety, or insomnia that is making daily life harder. Often, clients face both on-going and life-altering events at the same time.

In either case, mental health challenges can steal their life goals and dreams.

Take a moment to reflect upon what is. What does life look like for you right now? Where are the ups on your rollercoaster? Where are the downs? Have those downs gotten in the way of what you want to achieve in life?

Thriveworks New York City counseling is not a silver bullet, and it is not a magic formula. Often, reclaiming a personal or professional goal is a lot of hard work, but it is usually worth the time and effort. Proactively addressing life’s challenges often leads to a more fulfilled, happier life.

What Is Your Dream?

Take another moment to reflect about what could be. What would you like to achieve, either personally or professionally? Is there a goal that you have set aside but are ready to pursue again? Is there a difficult relationship in your life that you are ready to process? Has a mental health problem been making life more difficult and you want help managing it?

Would you like someone to walk with you as you pursue what could be? Many Thriveworks New York City clients have found that their therapist was the trusted guide they needed as they took on life’s challenges.

Better Mental Health

Generally, our clients schedule their first appointment because of an ongoing mental health problem or because of a life-altering event. But they often continue with therapy because they quickly learn the benefits that taking care of their mental health brings to their whole lives.

How does it feel to eat healthy foods? Sleep well each night? Exercise regularly? These physically healthy habits usually lead to improved overall wellbeing. The same is true for mental health. Healthy emotional and mental habits often lead to improved overall wellbeing.

Knowing how to care for our minds and emotions might seem intuitive, but it is not. Just like people often go to a trainer to improve their physical health, so people often go to a counselor or a coach to improve their mental health.

Thriveworks New York City’s counselors and life coaches know how to care for people’s minds and emotions. While pursuing improved mental health, our clients also have experienced…

  • Clearer life goals.
  • Less anxiety.
  • Increased self-esteem.
  • Better sleep.
  • Improved interpersonal skills.
  • More energy.

Let’s Get Started

Is it time to start working toward improved mental health? Are you ready to take on life’s challenges or achieve those set-aside life goals? Would you like a little help along the way? Thriveworks New York City counselors and life coaches have appointments available.

When you call to make an appointment, there are a few things you can expect from us.

  1. You can expect to speak to a person (not a voicemail) when scheduling your sessions with our counselors and coaches.
  2. You can expect that each appointment will be offered within a reasonable timeframe, possibly even within 24 hours of calling.
  3. You can expect to never be put on a waitlist (we don’t even keep those!).
  4. You can expect that we take most major insurance providers.

Do you want to get started? We do. Call Thriveworks New York City today.

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