I believe that you, as a unique individual, have a deep well of strengths and talents which you may sometimes struggle to fully access due to any number of difficulties and roadblocks you have encountered in your lifetime. These roadblocks can interfere with any aspect of your life, whether it be finding and maintaining a truly meaningful relationship, identifying and pursuing a satisfying career, dealing with the seemingly unbearable loss of someone you love, or simply attaining a feeling of inner calm from which you can more successfully face all the challenges in your life.
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As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I provide therapy services to individuals, couples and families on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to pre-marital, adolescents, blended/stepfamilies, anxiety/stress, anger, divorce, midlife issues. Therapy is goal oriented utilizing a professional, educational and empathetic approach. I look forward to hearing from you so that we can begin the process of working together to achieving your goals.
I specialize in treating adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, relationship/ family issues, as well as school and work stress. I also work with parents and couples to improve communication and have more productive relationships. I work with you to understand the factors contributing to your struggles and then collaborate with you to develop practical solutions to meet your goals. I have a special interest and expertise in working with young adults and their families and spent several years as staff psychologist at Northwell Health in their Behavioral Health College Program.
I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families to bring more awareness and intention into their lives and relationships by using a combinations of techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. I individualize each therapy session and plan for treatment in order to help my clients achieve their personal goals by giving them tools to remove the barriers to their growth. I believe that by providing a combination of both teaching and space for reflection, I can help my clients live life with more presence and joy.
You just want to fulfill your goals in life and be happy, but you feel stuck. Maybe it is due to a loss, a bad relationship, poor self-image, or an illness. Nevertheless, you have strayed off course and have run out of answers on how to fix it. You're sick of the same old story and realized that you have lost yourself in the shuffle. You just need some help to get back to your true self. I can assist you in therapy with peeling away the layers of yourself that no longer serve you.
We all have our stories to tell and narratives to make sense of our lives. But as you go through life, sometimes, things are not at all what they seem. What you feel inside and how you function in your life don’t always align. Hardships such as trauma, abuse, divorce, loss, and feelings of oppression mask and confuse our inner compass. We tend to hold conflict and unfinished business in our bodies. These experiences affect our relationships with others, but more importantly, affect our connection with ourselves.
Your life is not what it should be. You're looking for help. Why me? I'm a clinical psychologist and Professor of psychology with a national reputation. I've written extensively about psychological issues. I'm a Fellow of the APA and APS. I've taught and supervised generations of Ph.D-level psychologists and have decades of experience myself. How can I help you? There is no magic formula or cookbook. You are unique. You may benefit from self-exploration and understanding, non-judgmental support, or from a focused, problem-oriented approach. You may need a combination of these. Together, we'll figure out what works best for you.
Stephanie focuses on utilizing the best evidence-based interventions to treat the diverse array of needs for each client. She strives to provide targeted and compassionate treatment while supplying her clients with the knowledge and support to understand and overcome their difficulties. She treats children, teenagers, and adults struggling with anxiety, mood, and/or behavioral issues.
I enjoy working with all types of individuals at different stages of readiness for therapy. Each client is an individual who comes with a specific set of needs and would benefit from a holistic approach. During sessions, the client and I focus on achieving their stated goals. I believe in developing these goals with the client and agreeing on the means to obtain them. I enjoy working with a wide range of populations such as children, adolescents, adults, couples and parents. "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates
Therapy is a relationship where you are the driver and I am your navigator. I am here to help you meet your goals. I have years of experience with adolescents and families. I enjoy and work a great deal with educators/teachers. In addition, I am an ally and closely work with the LGBTQ-IA community. I am able to create a comfortable and safe environment for discussing concerns without judgment. My supportive and solution-based approaches are most effective in seeing positive changes take place. I include family members in treatment whenever appropriate to help build strength and supports.
As a therapist I help patients make sense of their lives, past and present, enabling them to understand what causes their current struggles. This provides an opportunity for change by creating more fulfillment. Life is a challenging process; from the moment we are born we have experiences that affect us and we carry these throughout our lives. Therapy provides an opportunity to feel better and grow as a person. It can alleviate symptoms by providing insight which helps develop your most genuine and creative self.
The decision to enter therapy is not always easy. Choosing a therapist can also be difficult. I believe that the relationship between patient and therapist is one of the most important components in a person's treatment. I often refer to the therapy process as a playground because a playground is a safe place to explore and learn; so is therapy. Together we will explore and better prepare you to handle the emotions and difficulties that brought you to therapy. I specialize in working with childhood difficulties and bereavement, although my training is diverse.
Have you ever experienced an event that completely changed your view of the world? Do you feel afraid, alone and unsure of where to turn? Are you experiencing intrusive thoughts, when you least expect it or even nightmares? Trauma has lasting physical and emotional effects that can leave you tired, jumpy, anxious, feeling ashamed, exposed, insecure and wondering who you can trust. Do you find yourself wondering why you haven't found the love you want in your relationships? Do you believe no matter what you say or do for your significant other, it's never the "right thing" or "good enough"?
Are you having relationship issues? Are you newly engaged or married? In a long-term relationship that is less than satisfying? I am passionate about helping couples have more satisfying relationships and I believe most couples just need the right tools to improve communication, get their needs met, and feel closer to each other. I have specialized training from The Gottman Institute and provide ways to improve your relationship in straightforward and doable steps. In addition to my experience working with couples I have been married for 30 years, which informs my ability to be non-judgmental and open to many different perspectives
I work best with persistent persons wanting a better quality of life. Because it can be difficult to seek help, I provide psychoeducation about therapy to clients and am forthright and supportive. So if you are feeling anxious or sad, have worries, or are worried about a family skills and functioning, I am able to help. Those who are motivated to do better and want relief from work, care giving, social and family stresses can benefit from my approach to therapy. It is important to remember that each person is an individual who has his or her individual concerns.
I believe everyone needs individualized treatment. This includes taking in to account your personal history and development, as well as your current environment and social situation. It's also important for me to help you understand why you are feeling the way you do. These difficulties are part of being human; people often have trouble in their thinking, relationships, work, or home life, and need help to sort these things out. Once we understand the difficulties you're having, then we can begin to make the changes that will make you feel better.
I received my Masters in Social Work from Fordham University with a concentration in Addiction. My clinical practice focuses on the treatment of individuals and families impacted by addiction, divorce, depression, mood and anxiety disorders utilizing traditional and holistic approaches. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, I am now offering sessions via secure video chatting using Spruce and also offer phone sessions. Emotional self-care is so important during these unprecedented and challenging times.
Mental health counseling demands a level of professionalism and a great deal of dedication. Integrity, genuineness, and a passion for the field of mental health are some of the assets I possess which will allow me to help you achieve your therapeutic goals. I am dedicated to understanding your concerns and identifying a safe way to navigate through them. You will be validated and heard and together we will establish an individualized and collaborative plan that works for you. I utilize a person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and eclectic approach that will cater to your individual needs.
Congratulations on starting or continuing your journey in wellness! I work with individuals starting age 9 and up. I offer in-person and tele-health sessions. My work focuses on work/school stress, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and trauma-related concerns.
Having a special interest in eating disorder treatment and related conditions my clients often have difficulty with issues of mood (especially anxiety and depression), lack of self-identity, fears of judgement and being alone, a craving for connection, a sense of not being understood, concerns about the future, and at times even self-hatred. The mental state of these types of conditions lead to an overwhelming, all-consuming thought process that is usually obsessional and demeaning. The goal of any patient is to learn how to rid fears, quiet intrusive thoughts and find a way to a more fulfilling life with some sense of inner peace.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Garden City are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Garden City then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Garden City, or Child Psychologists in Garden City.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Garden City psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Garden City specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.