I work with individuals and couples trying to heal from pain and trauma and anxiety and live their best lives.
Psychotherapist in Flushing, NY
I work with many people, both as couples and individually, who struggle in their relationships. Some may know they're in the "right relationship," but can't seem to communicate right. Others struggle with committing to a relationship, or even summoning the courage to start dating again. I've also worked with couples in the aftermath of infidelity, who often struggle putting things back together or knowing whether or not they should.
Many of my clients struggle with depression. For some, this is something they've felt for as long as they can remember, while for others it may be recent or situation specific. I work with clients on identifying the source of these feelings and trying different interventions to bring them back to a place of balance.
I've worked with individuals struggling from many forms of anxiety, including general, social or situation specific. I work with clients on building confidence in the face of feared situations and develop step-by-step interventions to help them gravitate back to a state of calm.
Exposure work plays a role in many cases of anxiety. In combination with other cognitive and behavioral tools, it's often important that we learn to little by little, face our fears and develop more confidence in situations that make us anxious.
Couples counseling is necessary when our anguish and suffering is less about ourselves, but stemming from conflict in our relationships. There are some problems that we cannot solve on our own, but need to work through together with our partners.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an offshoot of CBT that puts a lot of emphasis on what we cannot change. When we are suffering, there can be many contributors that are within our control, but also many that are not. Sometimes we come farthest not by trying to eliminate every source of negativity, but by learning how to live with them in the best possible way.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was discovered by Dr. Francine Shapiro and is typically used to treat complex trauma and PTSD, but can also be effective for anxiety, depression, substance use and obsessive-compulsive disorders. EMDR sessions tend to be regular talk therapy on steroids, as the eye movements seem to allow our brains to process and put together information at faster rates than usual.
PTSD and complex trauma can affect us in so many ways, completely changing the course of our lives. Therapy specifically geared towards treating trauma, including EMDR, can be essential in putting our lives back together and healing.