MY SPECIALTIES

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

I believe that psychoeducation, or learning about one's symptoms, is necessary for defeating mental health stigma and empowering individuals. And that a supportive therapeutic alliance can bring about change and healing. Wellness is possible and together we can help you figure out what that looks like and how to get there. 

PTSD

What is PTSD? Finding your voice is crucial in recovering from trauma. Disclosure is client-directed and you will be supported throughout the process. Initial treatment will be focused on maintaining safety via grounding techniques to cope with symptoms. Once these tools are mastered, the focus will be on recognizing your symptoms & triggers, mourning your losses, developing self-compassion, and reclaiming your life.

ANXIETY

Anxiety has many appearances and none of us are impervious to it. It may take the form of rumination or repeating thoughts, constant worrying (about health, the future, etc.), disrupted concentration, and irritability. Anxiety might even cause physiological symptoms such as fatigue, restlessness, lightheadedness or develop into panic attacks - your body's way of asking for help. You don't have to grin and bear it, therapy can provide you with the tools to cope more effectively.

DEPRESSION

Depression is common but unpleasant. It's not always obvious that there's a cloud hanging over us. We may convince ourselves that we simply need to try harder despite feeling drained, unmotivated, unhappy, isolated, and unfocused. You owe it to yourself to learn the tools in therapy to defeat these symptoms and rediscover your version of happiness.

WORK/LIFE BALANCE

Living and working in New York exposes us to a mentality of "work harder"; in fact we New Yorkers often take pride in it! However, burnout is real and can affect us physically, cognitively, and emotionally. Therapy can help you recognize and set healthy limits as well as manage the ongoing stress of a demanding job or manager. Being successful shouldn't have to mean losing a part of yourself.

ROLE TRANSITIONS

It wouldn't be life without having to come up against the many challenges that adulthood tends to throw our way. Role or life transitions can take many forms such as: starting college, beginning or ending a relationship, changing careers, becoming a parent, caring for an aging parent, etc. While such experiences are usually temporary, the emotions they bring about can be distressing. Therapy can provide relief and validation for what you're facing. 

ACCULTURATION & CROSS CULTURAL ISSUES

Whether you're first generation or third, multicultural, or simply desiring a neutral perspective that "gets" your unique experience, a culturally-sensitive approach can help bring about clarity and healing. There's also value in exploring and understanding mental health stigma in the context of cultural values and intergenerational trauma.

PERINATAL & POSTPARTUM

Whether we are aware of it or not, society and culture strongly influence us as women and mothers. In this walk of life you deserve to be supported and understood within a judgement-free space that befits this powerful (yet challenging) experience. I encourage "motherhood not martyrhood." You might be getting the sense that "something does not feel quite right." Treatment in this area can be tailored to address issues such as overcoming "mom guilt", grief & loss, parenting difficulties as a result of attachment trauma, marital/relationship stress, birth trauma, and other difficulties. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

© 2018 by Sherry Atanasio, LCSW.