As a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in cognitive behavioral therapy, I aim to optimize the psychological and physical health of my clients. By integrating a variety of therapeutic approaches, and emphasizing the mind-body relationship, I assist clients in developing new coping skills and making lifestyle changes to improve overall well-being. Psychotherapy is focused, goal-oriented and tailored to the needs of each individual to achieve lasting improvement.
I am highly skilled in current treatments for stress management, general anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, depression, eating disorders, coping with medical issues, insomnia, and pain management.
Seeking support through therapy can be an agonizing process. However, you have already taken the first step in the right direction. I can help you uncover all those barriers that arise in our lives and create change. I bring optimism, enthusiasm, and compassion to my practice and I genuinely believe that provides a safe therapeutic environment for clients to heal. Change can be hard but it is possible for all of us.
As a counselor, neurofeedback / EEG Biofeedback and holistic healthcare practitioner, with decades of experience, I use a supportive, personalized, in-depth approach, addressing the whole person, providing coping strategies to navigate life's challenges and thrive. I help with alleviating Anxiety, Depression, neurological conditions in adults, children, families, managing stress, emotional control, deepening relaxation, increasing mental clarity. Plus, I provide guidance, programs for resolving deeper, self-esteem issues, clarifying unique values, purpose, enabling growth, advancing to a more balanced, optimal quality of living.
Have you been feeling stressed out or anxious lately? Perhaps you are feeling depressed or having trouble with relationships. Maybe you just want to feel more fulfilled in life. You might be worried about your adolescent. Maybe you've been told by your child's school that his/her behavior is out of control or that he/she seems depressed. Perhaps they are being bullied, cutting themselves or suffering from low self-esteem. My name is Alison Varianides and I am the Founder of Westchester Psychotherapy- a Private Group Practice specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults.
Growth and change are possible. People are constantly changing, but those changes can be difficult to notice or appreciate. Our best selves are present, here and now. Working collaboratively, we can identify obstacles that block potential and limit happiness. Problems with mood and our relationships impact our feelings of worth, confidence, and motivation. If you feel unsatisfied, experience frustrating relationships or spend too much time worrying, there is hope.
I believe that compassion for oneself is the key to feeling better. When we can stop idealizing and stop trying to be what we're not, we can learn to have compassion and acceptance of who we really are. Accepting our human condition with its limitations, leads to self-knowledge, which leads to growth and ultimately to comfort within ourselves.
I approach each individual with curiosity and acceptance. I see my clients as the real experts on themselves- each in the process of navigating the world around them and learning as they go. I am actively non-judgemental and find it most therapeutic to provide clients with a safe context in which to explore thoughts and feelings, gain insight, and problem solve in a lasting and empowering manner. I actively listen and offer feedback, reflection, education and, depending upon the issue at hand, more directive advice. I also offer levity and humor at times, as it can be quite therapeutic overall.
I work well with professional and creative individuals who want to learn more about themselves and their concerns in order to lead more fully realized and meaningful lives. The issues that bring you to therapy may have come up suddenly or been a part of your life for years; they may be easy to explain or seem impossibly complex. Regardless, my philosophy is to meet you where you are and build a treatment plan that makes sense for you, with a focus on empowering you to choose the life you want to live.
There’s a button that hangs on the bulletin board above my desk. It reads: It’s not easy being. No matter how well you’ve planned, how hard you’ve tried and despite all your best intentions, life is just hard sometimes. We all suffer at some point. That doesn’t mean we can’t live rich and meaningful lives and be the people we want to be. Past experiences, current circumstances, relationship difficulties, and old patterns of thinking and reacting can sometimes get in the way and keep us stuck and struggling. If this is happening with you, it makes sense to seek help.
As your therapist, I will work with you to better understand problems you may be experiencing and to give you the tools you need to improve. Whether you are an individual with depression, relationship problems, or anxiety, or are having difficulty as a couple, we will examine patterns of behavior, thinking, and feeling that may be unhelpful. With compassion, I will work to increase your awareness so that you may learn alternatives and new skills and, I will support you as you put them into practice.
I am a social worker with over 20 years of experience supporting children and families as they navigate through and process life’s most difficult passages, including medical illness, loss, and grief. I have extensive experience guiding my clients through the spectrum of life-threatening illness including; diagnosis, treatment, symptom recurrence, pain management, end-of-life processing, and grief.
Feel depressed? Anxious? Low self-esteem? Chronically self-critical? Relationship struggles? Questions of Purpose and Meaning? Parenting issues? Through intensive work, I help you understand what may be operating in your own personality that needs to be worked through in order for you to feel better. I can help you make deep long lasting changes. I understand how challenging stubborn old patterns and dynamics can be. Through compassion, humor and depth of understanding we work together to help you understand yourself better and make changes that are important to you.
Ms. Elsa I. Arce is a Bilingual (Spanish-Speaking) LMHC, Abundance Certified Coach and a Shamanic Reiki Master. Trained as a traditional clinical psychotherapist, she provides therapy for children, young adults, couples, and families with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, attention-deficit, trauma, substance abuse, domestic violence, and family relational stress. In addition, she practices nontraditional Energy Psychology therapies that are also evidenced based. Elsa works part-time at a foster care agency and has a private practice in Westchester, NY.
Gabrielle Carey, Ph.D is a licensed marriage and family therapist practicing since 1996, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor since 2001. She favors a brief narrative approach to family therapy, but will spend more time with complicated cases. Couples therapy is her specialty, especially cases involving infidelity, separation, life adjustments, and anger management. Dr. Carey co-authored a book on therapy with Hispanic Families.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, CASAC, CPC
ONLINE/VIRTUAL COUNSELING IS AVAILABLE! We all need help sometimes. You might be a mother struggling with postpartum depression, juggling the stress of kids and work, or coming to grips with an empty nest. You might be a student dealing with the pressures of high school or college, facing the demands of maintaining your grades and social life at the same time. Or maybe you’re someone battling the damage of addiction, staring at the loss of your friends, your job and even your own identity. Whatever the story, life can challenge us all.
Life is full of challenges, but too often, those challenges are accompanied by suffering. I can help you or your child confront and accept the challenges life has thrown at your doorstep while identifying ways to decrease suffering and enhance living. I will work collaboratively with you to increase your understanding of your own life and build insight into conflicts you may be experiencing. I specialize in working with adolescents, parents, and individuals in the perinatal period. I believe it is crucial to have support as you navigate these transitional and often trying times.
"I believe that compassion for oneself is the key to feeling better. When we can stop idealizing and stop trying to be what we're not, we can learn to have compassion and acceptance of who we really are. Accepting our human condition with its limitations, leads to self-knowledge, which leads to growth and ultimately to comfort within ourselves.
Choosing the right therapist can make all the difference. You may be someone who understands that a behavioral issue is getting in the way of successful relationships at work or at home, but can't figure out how to change it. You may be someone who is going through a life transition such as the birth of a new baby, career change, retirement, or loss of a partner. You may feel anxious, down, or have a general inability to feel happy. Together we can enhance your appreciation of yourself and those around you.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Sleepy Hollow 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 Sleepy Hollow 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 Sleepy Hollow, or Child Psychologists in Sleepy Hollow.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Sleepy Hollow 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 Sleepy Hollow 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.