Therapy with Edie
From your perspective, what is therapy?
A safe space to find guidance and a true sense of self.
Please share 2-3 anonymized examples of how the work can play out and/or look in the room so that I can form a visual or narrative of what to expect.
- I often teach breathing exercises to help with grounding and to ease anxiety. We will practice together so it will feel more accessible to try on your own.
-I am a big believer in laughter- when appropriate I will often use humor to break down the walls. Finding release through laughter can reduce anxiety and stress, it also builds the rapport between myself and my clients.
How much do you share about yourself during our time together and why?
I am a relational therapist which means I am human first - therapist second. I will share personal anecdotes if it feels appropriate and is in the best interest of the client.
How participatory are you during sessions?
Very, you won’t get a blank slate with me. I am curious and will ask you a lot of questions!
Do you assign homework, activities, or readings for me to do between sessions? Why or why not?
Sometimes - it totally depends on the client. If I feel it would be helpful, then sure thing! I tend to assign work that will help us better understand any patterns in behaviors. Some of my favorites are emotion tracking, timelines and worry journaling. All these assignments help us gather information during the week that we can explore together in therapy.
How will our relationship be different than relationships I have with friends/loved ones?
I am there to support you and help guide you. I am objective and it’s unlikely I’ll give you my opinion or be very directive. I definitely will never give you unsolicited advice.
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?
I usually say in one of the first sessions - “let me know when you want to fire me.” It’s light-hearted, but I mean it. My hope is that we forge a relationship that is full of trust. Part of that is having uncomfortable conversations. I have had some clients for years and other just for a short season. I will always check in and make sure you feel our time together feels beneficial. It’s your time so why not make it feel the best it can!
Where did you work before going into private practice?
I started my career at an eating disorder treatment center in NYC. Next, I moved to a hospital in NYC to work with chronic illness. I met my mentor and supervisor there, who helped me start my private practice!
Have you received any particular training beyond your post-Bachelor’s training?
I have two masters degrees. The first is in social psychology with a concentration in women’s health, eating disorders, and body image. The second is a masters in social work from Columbia University school of Social Work, with a concentration in advanced clinical practice with a focus on health, mental health and disabilities.
I have done post graduate training in mindfulness, Health at Every Size (HAES) and EMDR.
What led you to become a mental healthcare practitioner?
I saw my peers struggling from a very young age. I felt powerless to help at the time and that motivated me to go to school and figure out a way to give back and help on a professional level.
What is the best part of the work for you?
Seeing people learn to have self acceptance and feel secure within themselves. Witnessing the strength it takes to overcome life’s obstacles is priceless.
What is unique about the work you do, or how have you found your work to be different than your colleagues’?
I use humor quite a bit and really strive to be as human as possible in the room. Therapy doesn’t have to hurt to work. I genuinely care for my clients and want them to feel that. I also use some techniques that may be different, like Rieki (energy work) and trauma informed care.
How do you approach diversity in the room or working with clients who may come from a different background than you?
Talk about it. I will never ever know better than a client what their lived experience is. Owning my own privilege is imperative to ensuring my clients feel safe and heard.
How can you tell if I am benefiting from working with you?
I wish I had a magic wand I could wave to make your struggles go away. Unfortunately, that’s not how therapy works. Some days may feel extra hard, and there is not a linear process to healing. My hope is that my clients start to use the skills we talk about in session in their everyday lives. A reduction in anxiety, depression and any other symptoms are also a great sign the work is working!
How can you tell if I am feeling stuck, unseen, or unheard?
Start the conversation- I LOVE this kind of feedback. I will always do my best to help facilitate this conversation, by remaining open and curious. I can’t change my technique if I don’t know it’s not working. I know it can feel hard or awkward, but it’s incredible practice in using your voice and getting your needs met in a healthy way.
How long should I commit to being in therapy, at least in the beginning?
This is really hard to answer without knowing what’s going on. I tend to tell my new clients to give it four sessions to one: make sure I am a good fit, and two: work through some of the initial awkwardness that starting therapy can hold.
How should I prepare for my first session with you?
I will send out my intake paperwork. It is helpful for me to have it back prior to our first session so I can review it. This way we can spend less time in logistics and more time hearing your story. I tend to let my clients take the lead and meet them where they are at. I most likely will be asking a lot of questions to make sure I am getting as full of picture as possible.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
Nope, as long as you have already sent back the intake paperwork :)
Do I need to be mindful of anything in particular while commuting to your office?
I am a remote therapist so you will have the shortest commute ever, haha. That said, if you are interested in video sessions you will need reliable wireless and either a computer or phone with video capabilities.