Therapy with Dina
Are there any philosophies or values that inform your work that I should know about?
My philosophy is to work with clients the way in which I would desire for a therapist to work with me. Think outside the box and use all available resources I have to support their progress, even if that means they don’t work with me...my desire is that they are healed.A value I live by is that I want those who leave my office to feel just a little bit better about their lives and the path they are on.
How much do you share about yourself during our time together and why?
I share with my clients when it is necessary. Sometimes a client may be feeling like there is no hope; or feeling unworthy. I may share having similar emotions in the past and what may have supported me to get through this.
How participatory are you during sessions?
I am in the room with all clients, meaning, I am engaged at all times. I remember a time when a client lost a friend and was grieving that loss; I cried as well because my heart was sad with her.
Do you assign homework, activities, or readings for me to do between sessions? Why or why not?
Yes, with CBT it is really good for clients to practice within their real lives the new behaviors we have worked on in the room. It’s therapeutic when clients are able to complete them, or even when they don’t, because it allows us to see what are the thoughts hindering them or pushing them forward. Books that I have read to further my knowledge are also sometimes assigned to support clients in their journey of healing.
How will our relationship be different than relationships I have with friends/loved ones?
Our relationship with our therapist should feel friendly, but also feel objective and without judgement. It should feel like this person understands me and allows me to think outside of my normal box to support me in recreating a life I desire.
Is there ever a time when you would encourage me to leave or graduate? Or how do I know when it’s time to end or move on, or time to stay and explore more?
When a client is progressing and their lives are changing, they should know this. But therapy is like an onion, therefore, as you peel layers back, other traumas may surface. Along the way, these traumas are also being worked on. I check in with clients regularly (approximately every 2-3 sessions) to discuss the progress they have made. We also discuss the plan to move forward and how we will work through these surfacing traumas. Clients that start weekly after some time move to bi-weekly and then every 3 weeks.
Where did you work before going into private practice?
I worked within a high school for over 10 years providing counseling to children and staff members. I also worked within a shelter for women and children teaching life skills, etc. I worked within a Domestic Violence Shelter in Thailand and a Community Center in Oaxaca Mexico. Finally, I worked within a clinic in NYC, servicing adults through psychotherapy.
Have you received any particular training beyond your post-Bachelor’s training?
I have a master’s degree in social work, specializing in individual and family therapy. I am currently interning as a Marriage and Family Therapist, graduating within the next 9 months with a master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have also been training within Ayurveda and holistic therapy.
What led you to become a mental healthcare practitioner?
I was a child that grew up in a family filled with physical and emotional violence. I grew up wounded and feeling unworthy until I became a young adult and received therapy. The feeling of freedom after releasing my traumas and learning my worthiness gave me such a profound desire to support others to feel the same. I want to support individuals and families in living a life filled with freedom, connection, authenticity and true joy!
What is the best part of the work for you?
Connecting to clients and being a part of their process. I truly enjoy watching their relationships transform and, even more, watching them live the life they previously only imagined.
What is unique about the work you do, or how have you found your work to be different than your colleagues’?
I have an eclectic style that incorporates my studies within the classroom and life experiences. I allow the use of self to be in the room to support clients in understanding that therapists are people, too, and we too have worked through traumas. I am not afraid to support clients outside of the office, if need be, such as a client with social phobias. I will meet a client at a restaurant so as to allow them to work through this fear.
How do you approach diversity in the room or working with clients who may come from a different background than you?
I welcome diversity. I have worked in an array of places both within and outside the US, and I enjoy working with different people, always.
How can you tell if I am benefiting from working with you?
I can tell because you are progressing.
How can you tell if I am feeling stuck, unseen, or unheard?
If you become stuck or resistent, we will discuss it in the room. This is not a perfect relationship, because we are all imperfect, but I open a safe space in the room to talk through any challenges and move past it.
How long should I commit to being in therapy, at least in the beginning?
At least 6 sessions.
How should I prepare for my first session with you?
There is no preparation necessary, but try to keep an open mind and think about some goals you may have for coming to therapy.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
Do I need to be mindful of anything in particular while commuting to your office?
If you are driving, there is meter parking on weekdays and Saturdays.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept, Venmo, PayPal, Cash, Credit Cards and Check payments
I don’t accept insurance, but do provide an out of network receipt, which many insurance companies honor and will reimburse clients for.