Starting psychotherapy can be an exciting and anxiety-provoking process as you take active steps to make changes in your life and relationships. I approach psychotherapy as a collaboration and work in an integrative way, tailoring interventions to individual needs. I believe that therapy's aim is not only to make improvements but also to manage disappointments. To this end, we can simultaneously engage in meaningful explorations while developing important coping skills, including mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. I offer individual, couples, and family psychotherapy to adults, children, and adolescents, and work with different family and relationship configurations.
At present, April 2021, I am not taking new cases. I will adjust this profile when I have openings. I’m not receiving calls from this website. Together will find ways to process and work through such issues to enable you to engage fully with your life and enhance your personal development. I have a holistic approach and open mind and cultivate a comfortable, non-judgmental and safe space for many kinds of self-expression, whether verbal or using creative arts.
Welcome to my page! I'm glad you're here. The decision to seek out therapy often happens during a particularly difficult moment in life. Whatever has brought you to seek out therapy, it should feel like a safe environment where you are treated as the greatest expert of your own life experience. I bring extensive knowledge of LGBTQ+ communities, as well as expertise on the unique issues faced by non-monogamous people, sex workers, and kink/BDSM-aligned individuals.
Celebration of our authentic selves can create a space for healing. Acting in line with our values can build a platform of self-love. Setting and achieving our goals can instill a sense of agency and purpose in our lives. I aim to serve as a support for empowerment through self-discovery, self-acceptance, skill-building and becoming your best. We will collaborate in the pursuit of your self-defined therapy goals and do so with an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed lens.
Hi! My name is Melissa and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in Manhattan, New York. My focus is on chronic illness, anxiety, depression, body image, grief, life transitions and interpersonal/relationship concerns. I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), strengths-based approach and person centered approach to help clients overcome obstacles and live a more fulfilling life. I believe that personal growth lies within all of us, and I value the opportunity to work with clients to reach their goals and elicit change.
I work with individuals and couples across the sexuality spectrum, providing a safe space to explore sexual, relational, and life challenges. I offer empathic and non-judgemental therapy, where we will explore both your struggles and successes, learning together how you want to move through life and relationships. I am trained in a variety of approaches, which we will utilize in whatever way best fits your needs and goals.
Being a trauma-informed, client-centered, & strength based practice, I understand that you are the expert of your experiences, and I’m here to listen, and support you in your healing. I specialize in working with people who have experienced sexual abuse, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. Under the supervision of Dr. Dulcinea Pitagora, I'm expanding my knowledge and skills in sex therapy. Treatment styles can vary, and be tailored to your needs. My practice is Queer, kink, sex work and poly positive; originally from Canada, my practice is also immigrant affirming, and I can speak conversational French if needed.
Shuna Luk, team leader/psychotherapist of Lafayette Psychotherapy, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist supervisor on an inpatient adult psychiatric unit at NYC Bellevue Hospital, where she provides individual and group psychotherapy and creative arts therapy services to patients, and provides supervision to LCAT, LMHC, and student interns. Shuna also treats individuals, and groups in private practice, integrating Creative Art Therapy with approached drawn from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness Meditation. She has been practicing in the field for over 25 years.
Creating a space where you feel understood is my priority. Employing humility and humor throughout sessions allows me to be flexible when helping you to strengthen your inner resources. I have been trained in a variety of therapeutic models and offer tailored sessions for individuals who are struggling with various challenges and specialize in high functioning anxiety, depression, and trauma. At this juncture in my career, I have gained further specialty in treating women during their reproductive years, including the psychological trauma, anxiety, and depression that accompanies infertility, pregnancy, motherhood, and miscarriage.
Have you hit a wall in your ability to move forward despite your best efforts at seeking therapy? Has medication failed to make a dent in your symptoms? Have Cognitive Behavioral Approaches only helped a bit? Has anxiety already extracted too great of a cost on your life? I will do my utmost to help you. My treatment approach combines the best of QEEG guided neurofeedback with third-generation psychotherapeutic approaches. I will do my best to assist you in Being YOUR BEST SELF. Short-term treatment can yield long-term results! I utilize a 25 session therapeutic approach.
My approach to therapy is rooted in anti-oppression and liberatory principles, seeking to honor each person’s individuality and autonomy. Much of my experience is working with people of color and queer and trans/gender non-conforming people. I am a queer, mixed-race Asian American of Uchinanchu and Ashkenazi Jewish descent, and my therapy space is warm and collaborative, fostering individuals’ ability to build resilience, joy, and power.
I believe in therapy as a way to understand our pasts and to move forward in the present. As a queer transplant to NYC, a former professional classical vocalist, and a certified yoga teacher, I also believe therapy can be a helpful tool in navigating transitions, staying rooted, and expressing our creative selves. I have a Bachelors and Masters in music/opera, and a Masters in social work from Columbia University.
As a WOC in the LGBTQIA+/kink/poly/consensual relationship community, my approach is anti-racist, anti-oppressive, trauma informed, sex affirming, and abolitionist. My work with queer, transgender/gender non-conforming folx has led to a focus in issues relating to internalized and institutional racism and oppression, sexual identity, trauma, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, relationship issues, and self-esteem. By employing strengths-based, narrative-lead therapy, I will help you to embody being the expert of your experience.
I work with individuals ages 22-38 who are struggling with racing thoughts, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed and relationship issues. I help clients disentangle their thoughts, learn to cope with their stressors, improve their self-esteem and make life transitions. Our work will teach you new coping skills, change your ways of thinking and relating to others, and resolve any past traumatic experiences that might be leaving you feeling stagnant, overwhelmed, or less connected to yourself or others.
I work with individuals, couples, and families who are struggling in loud and quiet ways. I have a warm, down-to-earth style and years of experience with a range of issues including trauma, relationship and intimacy difficulties, family conflict, mood disorders, personality disorders, and emotional disturbance in children and adolescents. Recognizing that insight is sometimes not enough, my approach combines exploration with more active interventions. I have extensive training in psychodynamic, DBT, family systems, play and couples therapy techniques, and carefully tailor treatments to each patient's needs.
I believe the quality of our lives is determined by the quality of our relationships with ourselves, with others, and with the world at large. Sometimes, our experiences prevent us from seeing the full meaning of our lives. The ongoing global pandemic has brought to the forefront many questions about the next steps that we should take.
I am a clinical psychologist with expertise providing individual and family psychotherapy from an attachment based lense. I love what I do and am passionate about supporting children, families, and adults as they traverse life's challenges. I believe everyone is unique and deserves highly attuned support when life's struggles present themselves. I consider therapy a positive outlet to discuss, explore, and change aspects of our lives. I utilize a powerful combination of evidence-based and attachment-focused interventions and work in a collaborative way helping empower individuals and families to grow their unique strengths.
Are you stuck? Same problems, same thoughts? Unable to play, or imagine something different? Depression, anxiety, addictions and trauma require another person to help you understand their pull and face them, so they no longer control your life. Suffering alone only forces the pain underground to emerge in symptoms, behaviors and personal interactions that undermine your life. Therapy is a relationship where you can feel safe and free to be who you are with another person to explore what you want without shame and fear.
My professional experience comes from working with youth who are victims of sexual + physical abuse, and/or witnesses to domestic violence in the home, as well as working with adults who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. I understand therapy can be a confusing and sometimes uncomfortable process. I hope to provide accessible space to process and heal from trauma; allowing you to utilize strengths and practice radical self-acceptance, while also honoring the identities and experiences you hold.
I work with individuals and couples across the sexuality spectrum providing a non-judgmental, accepting, safe and affirming space. Through our collaborative relationship, you will develop awareness around your thoughts, feelings, experiences, and behaviors to highlight your unique strengths, and gain insight. We will focus on solutions and build upon your existing strengths, which will serve as the main tools in helping you heal, overcome obstacles, and reach your full potential.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Chinatown, New York 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 Chinatown, New York 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.
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Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Chinatown, New York 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 Chinatown, New York 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.