I take a multi-modal approach to uncover the defenses and cognitive distortions that may be blocking you from achieving your goals.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Garden City, NY
Every client can benefit from learning about their defense mechanisms and how they are related to those particular blind spots that are getting in the way of achieving life goals. Sometimes it is necessary to help clients explore the origin of their defense mechanisms so they can see how they were adopted unconsciously often to survive early childhood challenges or traumas. Clients then are empowered in therapy to choose the coping mechanisms that best serve them in having authentic lives.
I have had training in matching best CBT practices to DSM diagnoses. I empower clients in therapy by helping them become aware of the barriers that are stopping them from having the life they love. I assist clients in exploring their maladaptive core schemas and cognitive distortions and replacing them with coping skills and beliefs that best serve them towards their life goals.
A humanistic perspective is at the foundation of my practice. I am a firm believer that we all have the ability to reach our potential. I help clients find their potential by defining what it means for them; not having it defined by today's standards of success. Moreover, clients start to recognize their authentic selves and are able to let go of those parts of themselves that are not true for them anymore.
Depression can vary in intensity and duration and people experience depression differently so it is impossible to say there is a cure-all for everybody. However, I do believe you don't have to suffer from depression indefinitely. In therapy, I will help you explore your triggers and past traumas that are causing your depression. I will help you evaluate maladaptive core schemas, cognitive distortions, and defense mechanism that are in the way of you achieving happiness.
One's grief is like a fingerprint. No one's experience is exactly the same. I will help you work through the five stages of grief while also assisting you in replacing some old meanings with new ones. It takes time, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and eventually when the grief lifts you will experience more peace and freedom.
You may find yourself at a crossroads in your life right now. You realize that what you have been doing prior is no longer working and a change must be made to improve your life. I can help you peel off those layers of yourself that no longer serve you while at the same time assisting you in recreating something new that turns you on to life again. Exploring your blind spots and learning how they block you will help you get unstuck, move forward in life, and find your true authentic self.