Irina Firstien NYC Therapist CBS Interview Psychotherapist New York

Individual Counseling and Therapy NYC

The decision to start Individual Therapy is a big step and I understand that it is both liberating and frightening. If this is your first time, you may be afraid of the unknown or feel a sense of failure at being unable to "solve your own problems". If you have had previous experience with therapy and it was unsuccessful or if you had mixed results, you may feel ambivalent. These feelings are very common and understandable and we can address your concerns as we begin. You've come to this website because you were searching for Therapists NYC. Whatever services you are looking for or need, when you are ready, all you need to do is contact me by phone or email.

My Approach to Individual Therapy

In the first few session we will begin by getting to know each other and exploring what brings you to therapy at this particular time. I will ask many questions so I can understand your history as well as the history of current difficulties so we can get to the root causes of what is causing your pain and where you may be stuck. Individual Counseling is a collaboration which evolves at individual pace, in an atmosphere of safety, trust, connection and collaboration.

Much of our work together is going to involve an examination of important past and present relationships and their effect on your character formation, sef and world view, coping mechanisms and self-esteem. My experience over many years of practice, has taught me that deepest causes of pain are related to or caused by disruptions in intimacy (trauma), separations, abandonments, instabilities and attachment injuries throughout life.

My view is that all pain is trauma based, be it catastrophic traumas or as we call it big "T" traumas or more ordinary little "t" traumas. I do EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) with most of my individual patients as I find it to be most effective and efficient way of clearing many symptoms and difficulties.

My other approaches to individual therapy are based in Psychodynamic Therapy as well as Mindfulness based therapies.

Reasons To Start Therapy

If you experience any of these symptoms or problems Individual Therapy will be helpful to you:

  • Sadness, depression
  • Fear, anxiety, panic
  • Difficulties with relationships
  • Stress and or conflict at home or work
  • Going through a difficult transition
  • Feeling badly about your life situation
  • Abusing food, alcohol or drugs to help cope
  • Isolation, inability or unwillingness to talk to family or friends
  • Spending more and more time in front of a computor
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