Therapy with Suzanne
From your perspective, what is therapy?
I see therapy as a supportive resource for finding satisfaction in life and sustainable wellbeing. One image I refer to is that we come to therapy with a ball of colorful yarn inside. The process of therapy allows for a safe space with an impartial and professional witness for one to unravel the yarn and see how the colors work together.
2. Are there any philosophies or values that inform your work that I should know about?
My work is informed with cumulative years of study and practice with yoga and meditation and psychotherapy. My primary modality for yoga practice has been Forrest Yoga, a healing modality of yoga, incorporating emotional and physical aspects of yoga.
3. How participatory are you during sessions?
My purpose in session is to hold a safe space for clients to experience feelings. Based on our interactions, I may provide feedback and/or session structure as clinically indicated. I will provide affirmation and guidance as needed and sometimes homework.
My work is more interactive than a psychoanalytic approach.
4. If I have never been to therapy before, what should I expect? How do I know if I should go, and how do I start?
I like to think of therapy as a generous gift one can give themselves, but many are uncomfortable with self-care, more comfortable with taking care of others. You’ve come this far to look into the work, and I offer you that we will approach this exploration together–you won’t need to figure it out on your own.
5. How will our relationship be different than relationships I have with friends/loved ones?
The benefit of a therapeutic alliance comes from having an ‘impartial witness’ working with professional perspectives on helping clients access their own self-discoveries. The work we will do in session is about you, the client.
6. Have you received any particular training beyond your post-Bachelor’s training?
My yoga teacher training was first completed in 2014 with Ana Forrest, and ongoing yoga study has been conducted with Erica Mather, The Yoga Clinic. Additionally, I receive continuing education in Meditation and Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Motivational Interviewing and CPT for PTSD.
7. What led you to become a mental healthcare practitioner?
My own work with my own therapist first started following my experience as a corporate Wall Street employee on 9/11. My years in treatment with my therapist greatly informed my desire to seek work in this field. Following my work as a crisis intervention advocate with Mt. Sinai Hospital SAVI program, I realized I sought extended private therapy work with others.
8. What is the best part of the work for you?
The work for me is purposeful. I find the work is regenerative. Helping my clients realize self advocacy and emotional wellness is an exponential gift. At the end of an extended day, I feel satisfied
9. What is unique about the work you do, or how have you found your work to be different than your colleagues’?
I have a diverse professional background in corporate finance and as a performing artist. Also, my experience as a Crisis Intervention Counselor as well as years of study and practice with yoga and psychotherapy have greatly informed my approach to practice. My experience in multiple outpatient mental health centers and exposure to multiple diagnoses has provided me with ongoing evidence of long term benefits of integrative psychotherapy for people struggling with life transitions and mental health challenges.
10. How do you approach diversity in the room or working with clients who may come from a different background than you?
I am a white cisgender female and I have had rich working experiences with clients of multiple races and ethnicities, different gender and or sexual identified clients, and my approach to work starts with recognizing our differences and working together to find how I can best help.
11. How long should I commit to being in therapy, at least in the beginning?
I recommend to new clients that they commit to weekly sessions for a period of 3 consecutive months, and we typically re-evaluate at that point.
12. How should I prepare for my first session with you?
Once we agree to start work together, I will send you a link for client portal, where you will review practice policies and complete intake paperwork and billing information.
For our first session, you only need to show up for the scheduled time.
13. What forms of payment do you accept?
Credit Card: MC, Visa, Amex or Check
14. Do I need to be mindful of anything in particular while commuting to your office?
My office is in midtown Manhattan, west side. Accessible via Subway: A/B/C/D/E, N/Q/R/W, F / M trains.