I help stressed & overwhelmed Brooklynites find space, clarity & calm in this crazy city. Anxiety & depression can make you feel stuck, unfulfilled, or lost. Oftentimes these feelings pop up when you are in transition (change in relationships, job, new baby, moving, etc), or could be connected to longstanding patterns of negative self-talk or low self-esteem. By helping you slow down, focus on self-care, and offering a safe non-judgmental space to explore & express these feelings, concerns and confusion- I help people who are ready to feel un-stuck and want to feel more fulfilled & content in their lives.
Psychotherapy sessions take place weekly; sometimes 2x/week or biweekly options will also work. If you are looking for a less frequent option, with a more focused and goal-oriented approach, please see my Coaching offerings.
Run & Walk Sessions take place OUTSIDE!
Run & Walk Sessions take place OUTSIDE!
Study after study has shown the benefits of walking in nature. Even The New York Times highlighted this and the physical effects on your brain from just spending some time (even 30 minutes) in nature. Walking can help relieve stress, lower levels of depression and improve physical fitness and overall health. But I know that sometimes (especially when the weather is not ideal), getting up and out of the house can be challenge enough. As an add-on to your coaching and/or psychotherapy sessions, I offer this non-traditional service to improve health and wellness (both physical and mental). We will meet at the Grand Army Plaza or LakeSide entrances to Prospect Park and will, quite literally, take a walk in the park. Clearly, confidentiality cannot be 100% ensured in a public setting but the time walking can be spent, at your discretion, as you would spend your typical coaching or psychotherapy session. I offer 3 different routes, and these may be adjusted at the last minute (depending on our particular pace for that day’s walk). The full inner loop (3.36 miles) will take approximately 65 minutes, upper loop (grand army plaza to center drive, 2.44 miles) will take approximately 45 minutes. The lower loop (Lakeside to center drive, 2.06 miles) will take approximately 40 minutes.
All walks take place in the morning/daytime hours; available days and times are based on therapist's availability and may change weekly. Active sessions require one in-office intake session. Intake session and outside sessions can both be scheduled online.
I work with all types of couples, partnerships, and intimate relationships. For "Happy Couples" (or with a mutual goal of being a more-happy couple): I work together with clients to identify current strengths in their relationship, as well as goals to help improve their overall communication, understanding, and satisfaction- as a couple. Treatment will focus on relational dynamics and work to improve the couples’ overall ability to empathize with one another’s experiences and understand the unique roles they each play. Through our work together, clients will become better at improving awareness of negative patterns of communication impacting their relationship. Through improving communication and empathy it is the hope that a more safe, supportive, and fulfilling relationship may be achieved.
For Struggling Couples/ Discernment Counseling: Sometimes some work needs to be done before the more traditional "couples therapy" can begin. This is often when partners are not on the same page. Perhaps one person is ready to separate (or, at the very least, is considering/thinking about it), and the other partner is caught off guard/anxious/desperate to improve things and stay together. I am trained in a counseling strategy called "Discernment Counseling". Used specifically in these situations where one partner is "leaning in" and the other is "leaning out"; sessions are 1-2 hours long and take place 1-5 times. Sessions will have a structure where much of the time is spent 1:1 with partners individually, with times together at the beginning, middle and end of each session. Each week you decide whether to attend another session, with the goal of having more clarity, understanding, and confidence to decide which path to do down. In Discernment Counseling there are 3 paths: 1) status quo- make no changes, stay together 2) decide (hopefully mutually) to separate 3) joint commitment to try 6 months of couples therapy (with separation off the table), and each partner is prepared to make strong efforts to make improvements/changes. After the 6 months, reassess whether to stay committed or make an informed decision (where you know fully you tried to make things work to the best of your ability) to separate.
With coaching we will be focused on specific goals and I will help you make a plan to achieve each goal. Coaching sessions are not required on a weekly basis, you may find that bi-weekly or monthly sessions are helpful. With coaching I will help you chose specific goals you want to work on, break big life-goals down into attainable steps, prioritize segments of your life, improve time management, help with decision making, and track your progress/adjusting your plan when challenges come up. For wellness specific coaching, please check out my WELLNESS INITIATIVE. It's a great way to get started, with a holistic approach. Coaching sessions are 50 minutes long, and follow the same fee schedule as psychotherapy appointments. 30 minute follow up appointments are also available. I may recommend more frequent coaching sessions, if necessary. Or we may discuss whether fully engaging in psychotherapy would be helpful for you as well. Coaching sessions cannot be covered by insurance.
For those who have trouble attending sessions in person, I offer online HIPAA-secure sessions via doxy.me accessible from any computer or smartphone with a wifi connection! Please contact me for more information. WHO ONLINE THERAPY MIGHT BE GOOD FOR? For those with busy jobs traveling in/out of NYC; ex-pats living abroad; parents/caretakers with busy schedules; on vacation, but want to continue regular sessions; live in NY state (but not NYC or Brooklyn). *ONLINE SESSIONS ARE NOT APPROPRIATE for anyone experiencing severe/high levels of distress from depression, anxiety, trauma or other symptoms that are best treated in-person. If you're unsure, just ask!