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Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY
Supervised by Ashley Gentil, LMHC
I utilize a CBT approach by understanding the client's thoughts behind each compulson. I have them create a list of their compulsions and obsessive thoughts so they can better understand how prominent the OCD is in their life, and what it looks like as a whole. I work with them to identify the trigger, thought, or situation provoking their OCD. I utilize a variety of different worksheets, exercises, and techniques to challenge, cope with, and decrease the OCD prevalence.
I have worked with individuals suffering from anxiety (mild, moderate, and severe). Whether the anxiety is generalized, situational, social, panic-related, or more, I am able to decipher the specific diagnosis and work with the client on decreasing that anxiety. I assist clients with understanding their anxiety triggers, symptoms, and utilize that information to help them develop appropriate coping skills.
I have helped those who have experienced depression by assisting the client in developing a greater understanding of what is causing them to feel down. I believe incorporating a strengths-based approach is imperative for individuals dealing with depression and have seen the positive effects of utilizing this specific approach. I work with the client to challenge their depression by finding ways to motivate them so that their daily-functioning is not impacted, and they can improve their mood.
I utilize CBT for those who are dealing with a variety of mental health issues, particularly anxiety. Mindfulness interventions are highly effective with reducing anxiety symptoms; some of which are different breathing exercises, progressive-muscle relaxation, grounding technique, and so on. I also like to decipher with each client if they benefit from more hands-on materials that they can get for themself like stress-balls, adult coloring books for calming the mind, and writing or journaling.
As a therapist I believe that everyone's history has meaning pertaining to who they are today. When I hear a client is experiencing depression, attachment issues, self-sabotage, etc., it feels important to delve into the client's psychosocial history, support systems, and upbringing. Background can play a major role in current moods, self-love, self-worth, and more.
I utilize a motivational approach when I see a client is experiencing self-doubt, low confidence, or depression. By implementing this approach, client's have overcome their low self-worth by reflecting on their positive attributes, pondering their accomplishments, and thinking about their future goals. I also work with my client's in creating a lsit of positive affirmations that they can refer to on a daily basis to improve their own view of themself.