I am a Mental Health Counselor- LP with experience utilizing an integrative Person Centered approach pulling from aspects of CBT, ACT, relational, trauma-informed, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Play Therapy. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in group and individual sessions in outpatient, private practice, inpatient long term care, and community residential settings. I have experience working with those struggling to deal with sadness, stress, relationship issues, and loss. I also have knowledge and experience working with the LGBTQ+ community and understand the unique challenges that this population faces.
I have been trained through a multicultural perspective and my therapeutic style is one of a person centered approach. This means that I take into account your unique perspective of the world and work with you to create the best possible healing space for you personally. My work focuses on helping you gain insight while together we work collaboratively towards growth, understanding, healing.
Beginning your journey towards improving your mental wellbeing can be overwhelming but my approach to therapy is to meet you where you are and support your healing. Therapy provides you with a safe, non-judgmental space to process and feel heard while supporting you to gain the means and tools to cope with life.
I am a Mental Health Counselor - LP. I graduated from Chicago's Adler University with a Master's of Art in Counseling: Art Therapy. My therapeutic approach is tailored to each person's needs and strengths, as I have experience working with a diverse group of clients and families, and believe no two clients or families are the same. I assist clients in processing mental health needs (anxiety, depression, personality disorders, substance use, trauma, crisis, etc.) as well as everyday concerns (school or work, relationships, communication skills, life transitions, self-care, and overall self-esteem).
My approach empowers individuals to take an active role within their treatment and be the expert in their own process. I provide support through discussion-based counseling, and am here to guide you through your journey by utilizing various exercises, skills, and coping techniques. Additionally, if conversation seems intimidating or difficult, I am trained to integrate creative arts therapies in session to offer a safe environment where clients can express themselves freely without judgement.
My goal is to allow clients and their families to utilize our sessions to comfortably communicate and process their needs, and further develop skills that reinforce their continued growth outside of therapy.
My name is Chris and I am a Mental Health Counselor-LP. I graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice where I received my Master’s in Forensic Mental Health Counseling. I specialized in trauma and counseling survivors of traumatic experiences. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, personality disorders and schizophrenia. I have provided counseling for people from all walks of life. I practice with cultural humility meaning I aim to fully understand all the facets of one’s identity and how they interact with the world around them. All clients may have their own stories but they all work towards a similar goal: to lead a happier and healthier life. We work together to get to that point. I trained using the cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy but have incorporated elements of other approaches in order to have a more comprehensive therapeutic style. This style allows me to use a wide array of techniques to better tailor therapy sessions towards an individual client’s needs. Together we will build the skills necessary to navigate life in a fulfilling and healthy way.
I am a Mental Health Counselor currently pursuing my MA in Forensic Mental Health Counseling at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. I also have a MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College. My experience includes providing counseling to adults struggling with substance use, working with young adults involved in the criminal justice system, assisting families experiencing homelessness, and providing therapy to families. I am an advocate for LGBTQ rights and social justice issues. Due to the various systems I have worked in, I have a client-centered, multiculturally sensitive, trauma-informed approach while incorporating various therapeutic techniques, such as CBT, Motivational Interviewing, ACT, and psychodynamic. I understand that parts of our identities cannot exist independently, so intersectionality is at the forefront of my work to help me understand who you truly are. I am committed to providing a safe space where you can be open, vulnerable, and free to be yourself as we work through challenges you may be experiencing as you heal, grow, and discover new parts of you.
The level of empathy, compassion, and care that I place into each therapeutic relationship has proven to build trust, safety and rapport with all of my clients. I utilize person-centered care in which I am able to work closely with clients in order to individualize and adapt care based on their specific and unique symptoms, needs, personalities and goals. Additionally, I utilize multicultural competency skills in order to take one’s culture, spirituality, sexual orientation, and gender into deep consideration in order to cater to specific needs and understand the client thoroughly.
My therapeutic style is integrative and involves adapting different interventions and techniques based on the unique issues and symptoms that are presented by the client. My educational background stems from a psychodynamic and relational theoretical approach, placing importance on exploring the client’s past (early childhood and adolescence, family relationships) in order to deeply understand current thought processes, behaviors and relationships. My goals include working towards enhancing the client’s intrapersonal and interpersonal growth in order to allow them to develop an understanding of their life experiences and appreciation for their self-identity, as well as providing support and aiding them in the development of important skills to manage their emotions and persevere through life’s difficulties.