Curious, Unbiased, and Unafraid.
Our lives change constantly — we all know this obvious truth. So it seems strange that while we say we want to change, we often resist it as hard as we can, while expecting others to change instead. Insecurity motivates many of our choices, moving us out of alignment with our True Self. We want to be able to consciously respond, rather than negatively react to situations. Therapy can help to increase consciousness and decrease anxiety, worry, and fear. It has been seen that our life transforms according to how we think about it. But first we have to learn exactly how we think before we can try to transform our thinking. It takes time, but it's worth it, because then our life moves in the direction we want. We begin to feel better, rather than worse, and can now consciously move back into alignment. Thus begins the journey of returning to how we arrived into this wyrd and wonderful world: curious, unbiased and unafraid.
While the experiences of transformation provide greater insight into the unseen cosmos of which we are an inseparable part, they also offer opportunities for personal expansion and growth of our individuality. Like the "Flat Earthers" of old, we become afraid to go beyond the edge, to explore the New Worlds awaiting us. The opportunities to move forward often go unnoticed due to unconscious — and even conscious — personal blocks and defenses, including anxiety and worry, depression, shyness, self-doubt, over-aggrandizement, anger and frustration — all which hinder greater immersion into the life experience, as well as stalling personal evolution.
One’s past may contain less-than-positive physical, mental, emotional, psychological and even spiritual experiences that have become entrenched in the present life, forming barriers that keep us from achieving significant forward movement in our life, and even preventing us from finding and keeping healthy relationships. How do we identify these walls; what can we do about them?
I would like to help explore.
I received my Master's in Clinical Social Work from New York University in 2001, and am in private practice as a licensed andcredentialed psychotherapist. One of those over-educated persons, I have other degrees and certifications in music, art history, fine arts, herbalism, computer graphics, and journalism.
I have lived in New York City for over 30 years, and so have a deep and abiding sense of this amazing city that I adore, having seen and survived more than I sometimes care to remember, including the AIDS epidemic which claimed so many. My work with anxiety and depression, death and dying, grief and loss arises directly from this experience, as does my focus on substance abuse recovery and sexual addictions. I have a strong understanding of the 12-Step Program and work with people in early recovery, and with those with more sobriety time who seek to strengthen the deeper spiritual aspects of their program.
Anger is one of the most widely-experienced of feelings, and yet one of the least liked or understood. I like it because it's a very healthy expression of self, and an important aspect to help us navigate our day-to-day life. It is vastly different from rage, which is not healthy. I work with patients to help them understand the difference between rage and anger, and then how to incorporate that understanding into their lives.
My times for insurance-based patients are mostly filled; however I am still taking new patients on an out-of-network/sliding scale basis.
I am in the office on Mondays, Fridays and also Saturday afternoon/early evenings.
Sessions are currently virtual and for 45 minutes.
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