You may feel overwhelmed with sadness and feel hopeless, or be irritable, and unmotivated. You may have lost interest in things you normally enjoy,  find you can no longer concentrate, and have feelings of worthlessness. Whatever it is that you're feeling, depression is tricky and can cloud your thoughts and your mood. It is not permanent and it is treatable. We will work together to examine the ways your thinking, feelings, and behaviors are influencing and reinforcing your moods, and identify things that you can do that may help you feel better. A practice of self-care is also crucial in Depression and Bipolar treatment, and sometimes medication can also be helpful. At A Good Place Therapy, we can help you explore this option, and if you choose, refer you to a psychiatrist who we can coordinate care with to ensure you are well supported. 

 
 
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Losing someone you love is often the most difficult thing in life to face. There is no right or wrong feeling to have. It is common to feel a wide range of emotions including deep sadness, anger, resentment, guilt, and anxiety. A supportive and compassionate therapist can hold space for you to relive memories and mourn, help you identify and process your emotions, and take action-oriented steps to feel like yourself again and get back on track. 

 
 
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NYC: it's a rat race! Our careers often come first before everything else and that's why career and workplace issues are a top reason identified as the reason people call our practice for therapy. Whether you want to proactively manage stressors and factors that interfere with your performance, learn ways to manage and cope with difficult people, or learn how to be more assertive with your boss, therapy can help!  Therapy can also help you be more self-aware, and identify what you need to learn and do differently to be successful. Together we will set goals and identify clear action steps to help you get there. We will also explore and remove barriers to your success, whether it be attributed to low-confidence, anxiety, or an identified factor that lies outside of yourself. 

 
 
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Anxiety can interfere with living a fulfilling life, whether you are constantly worried about the future and imagining worst case scenarios, or you find yourself ruminating about mistakes you may have made in the past.  Anxiety manifests itself physically, and when the body's alarm system is constantly firing off,  it's difficult not to think something may really be seriously wrong. CBT therapy can teach you about this vicious cycle, and help you learn ways to identify the symptoms as well as the thinking patterns and behaviors that reinforce it. You can also learn mindfulness in addition to breathing and relaxation techniques to cope with the anxiety and calm down in the moment.  

For anxiety disorders such as OCD, Panic Attacks, Health Anxiety, Phobias, and Social Anxiety, we can develop a highly structured CBT and ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) plan to help you make progress in a goal-oriented way. The earlier we intervene with panic attacks in particular, the better the chance is for a rapid recovery. Our goal is for you to feel better and make progress each and every session. However, for many people, these disorders are a lifelong battle and recovery is ongoing. To this end, we provide specific supports to promote coping and maintenance throughout treatment and continue treatment for as long as it's necessary. 

 
 
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Anger 

Therapy offers the tools to help you understand what your triggers are and how to more effectively manage your anger. We help you explore the root of your anger, and learn to see the themes and patterns that come up over the course of time. Acting out on anger can feel satisfying since we feel we are reigning in a situation that feels totally out of control, but it rarely achieves the result we want. We work to help you feel empowered by learning ways to recognize your patterns and triggers so we can prevent outbursts and intense emotional reactions. By providing you with strategies and tools to cope with anger,  we help you stop the cycle of the rage that can cause you to harm the people you care most about. You will learn when you have control and when you can let go. We will also focus on communication skills to help you assertively communicate what you need to get the end result you are looking for. 

Interpersonal Conflict

Life changes and stressors can trigger  anxiety and depression and stress. They can leave you feeling "stuck."  We may need help exploring what we feel or want, and other times, we may just need encouragement and support as we learn to just roll with the punches.  When things are hard, it is easy to focus on the negative and forget our own resources and strengths. Our successes may seem diminished and our failure amplified when we feel vulnerable.  But these are the things we need to get in touch with to get out of the negative loop!  Therapy can help you process your feelings, set goals, identify and break unhealthy patterns of thinking and behaviors, and better prepare you for the next chapter.

 
 
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Trauma can stem from many types of difficult experiences in life, whether it was a one time terrible event you suffered from directly or something you witnessed. Trauma from childhood can have long-standing negative emotional and physical effects on an adult .  Regardless of what you went through and how long ago it was, there is hope for your healing and recovery.  Members of our team at a Good Place have extensive experience in creating trauma-informed programming for agencies and communities, and in providing direct services and care to individuals and families suffering from trauma. 

The following are examples of experiences and situations that can be traumatic:

  • sexual assault
  • physical assualt
  • medical crisis
  • childhood physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
  • childhood neglect or emotional neglect
  • childhood witnessing domestic violence or other violence
  • loss of a primary caregiver
  • abusive relationship
  • immigration experience
  • foster care or homelessness 
  • racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, anti-semitism

Behavioral and therapeutic supports can help you implement lifestyle changes, manage distress, and cope with the emotions and mood changes due to the effects of the trauma. We work from a framework of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a proven method in trauma treatment, however we also recognize the complexities of mind, body, social, and spiritual connection.  As such, we value and incorporate other theories of practice, such as mindfulness, and collaborate with providers who offer other methods such as EMDR and somatic based treatments.  Above all,  we do not have a "one size fits all" approach. Your therapist will provide you with individualized, caring support. 

 
 
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At A Good Place, we are dedicated to building a culture that helps people love themselves and their bodies. We believe that positive change comes from a place of self-love, not from self-loathing. With our approach, we support the development of a healthy body image in our clients, which is fundamental to beginning a recovery from an eating disorder.

We address a wide spectrum of eating disorders and body image issues. Together we explore obstacles to coping and recovery to develop an individualized plan of treatment. From the onset, we assess the severity of your current challenges, and may refer to more intensive care with an expert treatment partner to ensure you are safe and have the support you need for recovery. This may include group support, Intensive outpatient treatment, or an inpatient residential program. We often collaborate with and coordinate care with such speciality services.  

Our work is based on the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) model.  With CBT, we can establish goals to normalize eating routines and provide learning tools to cope with thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that lead to unhealthy behaviors. The behaviors we address can include over-eating, restricting, over-exercising, and purging among others.  We also draw on principles of the book Intuitive Eating, to help you create a healthy relationship with your food, mind, and body. Throughout the treatment, we incorporate theories and practices of self-compassion, mindfulness, and the Body Positive movement.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

You may have Body Dysmorphic Disorder if you focus on a perceived flaw and obsess about this flaw for hours a day. Do you perform certain rituals as an attempt to hide or improve this perceived flaw? Often, people in your life will not even notice the perceived flaw that causes you so much distress. BDD can be debilitating and negatively affect all aspects of your life and relationships with others.  Our approach to treating BDD relies on an effective CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) approach, which is similar to treatment for Anxiety Disorders and OCD. A Good Place has therapists who are trained in CBT and can help you experience some relief from BDD.

Suffering from an unhealthy body image, eating disorder such as anorexia, compulsive overeating, emotional eating, or bulimia can be a lonely and shameful road. You don’t have to go it alone. Reach out to A Good Place Therapy to begin the process of taking back control of your life.

 
 
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You may have low self-esteem and lack self-confidence as a result of things that have happened to you in the past, or due to the ways you've internalized messages directed at you early on in life. Low self-esteem is often connected to perfectionism, and your idea of how you "should" be and all the ways you "fall short." The good news is that once you become aware of low self-esteem, you can take steps to raise it and feel better about yourself. Drawing on the theories of Self-Compassion from Kristen Neff's research, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Brené Brown's work on vulnerability, we will identify the negative self-talk, beliefs, and behaviors that reinforce your low self-esteem. We can learn to evaluate and challenge our thinking and belief systems that contribute to low self esteem. We will also learn about ways to change unhealthy behaviors that keep us stuck in the negativity loop. A key goal is also to help you learn to expect and embrace challenges and disappointments so you can better cope with them.  

 
 
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Do you feel frustrated with the NYC dating scene, doomed to repeat the same patterns over and over without the results you want? Or, are you currently in a less-than fulfilling relationship and need help exploring whether you should stay and make it work, or leave? Or, perhaps you are happy being single and sick of societal and social pressure to be in a relationship.

We believe that you won't find happiness in a relationship unless you are happy with yourself and your life. Our work together may include helping you find acceptance and building up your confidence to create a positive outlook that attracts your ideal match. We believe if you are self-aware and fulfilled in life, you will have the strength to resist falling into relationships that don't serve you well. You can develop the wherewithal to resist complacent relationships and make yourself available for your ideal partner. Therapy may help you realize your wants and needs and identify the self-limiting perspectives and unhealthy behaviors that keep you stuck or fuel your attraction to people who are not good for you. Together, we can explore a plan for self-acceptance and change.

 
 
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At A Good Place, we are committed to providing an affirming and safe space for LGBTQ identifying individuals, couples, and families to feel seen, heard, and understood. The LGBTQ population faces unique challenges related to gender, sexuality, and identity. It’s hard to shake deeply held negative beliefs about yourself, even more so when you are raised in an environment where you are not appreciated or respected for who you are. You may even feel you’ve spent time living a lie or having to hide your true self. Therapists on our team are self-aware, reflective, and informed. We advocate for understanding, awareness, and social change by challenging biases of hetrosexism and binary gender norms.

Even when the issues brought to therapy may have little to do with your gender or sexuality directly, your LGBTQ identity may be the source of stress due to stigma and discrimination.  At a Good Place, we consider the ways your presenting issues may be impacted by your LGBTQ identity, and help you embrace all parts of yourself while you work to improve your relationships. Our goal is to make you feel better by replacing old or unhelpful patterns of behavior with new ones that will serve you better. You are beautiful the way you are, and one of our caring therapists can help you to learn this truth for yourself.  

 
 
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Building a family can be very stressful time. When things don’t go as smoothly as expected, it can become an arduous journey. Many women struggle with difficult emotions alone, because they feel ashamed of their feelings. Reproductive challenges and perinatal mental health problems may also lead to more conflict in your relationship. Therapists at A Good Place can help you to understand your experiences and clarify your options. We work with our clients to help them cope with their emotions. You do not have to suffer alone.

Some of the issues related to reproductive and perinatal mental health we treat include:

  • Postpartum depression & anxiety
  • Infertility
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth & child loss
  • Anxiety disorders such as OCD and Panic attacks and PTSD (before or after pregnancy)
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) such as IUI, In Vitro fertilization, egg freezing, and surrogacy

What you can expect from working with a therapist on our team:

  • Feel validated and understood
  • Learn how to handle tough conversations with family and friends
  • Manage disappointment and loss
  • Navigate the emotional rollercoaster of feelings
  • Master skills to reduce anxiety symptoms and increase coping skills
  • Learn Self-care
  • Build social supports
  • Reduce stress
 
 
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Couples Therapy

Romantic relationships can be hard work that require attention and support along the way. Couples therapy is a method of psychotherapy used to help two people in a relationship gain deeper understanding and insight, resolve conflict, and build a healthier partnership. A therapist can help identify relationship patterns, uncover hidden intentions or expectations, and help couples that feel they are stuck in a rut. 

Couples often seek out therapy in times of conflict and crisis.  Usually issues stem from the need to be loved, accepted, or understood. Couples can get stuck in negative patterns; as resentment builds up, one or both individuals may withdraw and become bitter or unhappy. The longer these unhealthy patterns are allowed to set in without any intervention, the harder it is to restore the deep connections that make up a healthy relationship. 

"We repeat what we don't repair." —Christine Langely-Obaugh

Couples counseling is a useful intervention for concerns related to, but not limited to: sexual difficulties, jealousy, premarital counseling, chronic health issues, death/loss, infertility, finances, loneliness, substance use, or frequent conflict. The focus of the counseling is the relationship itself, because it is a different and separate entity from the individuals involved. Each person brings their own family patterns, culture, expectations, and values to the relationship. Our approach focuses on the individual's responsibilities to the relationship, to shape and build the partnership into one that helps them feel more deeply loved and connected to one another. With the help of therapy, you can reconnect and reignite the friendship and passion in your relationship. 

What you can expect working with us:

Therapists in our practice are trained in Prepare/Enrich and/or The Gottman Method, which are among the most researched and evidence-based of the couples therapy methods. We also draw on other useful models and theories of practice such as Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused Couple's Therapy (EFT) adult attachment theories, and Esther Perel's Research and work.  our approach largely involves assigning the expert role to the couple.  Our therapists have varying approaches, so please inquire with the receptionist, when you email or call to set up an appointment.  

We will meet for a conjoint session first, then individually with each partner for one session. We administer a questionnaire (requires an additional small fee) that helps us identify both the strengths and challenges.  We develop a plan of action together based on the assessment and determine the frequency and duration of sessions in the third session. If there is a degree of uncertainty about whether to separate or break-up, we will explore that at the outset and individual therapy may also be recommended. The focus is on helping the couple learn to understand and really hear each other. Through the course of therapy, we will address resentment that has built up and create new ways of interacting and showing love, while creating healthy and sustainable patterns.

Premarital Counseling

Premarital counseling can be one of the best decisions you make when you are undergoing the transition from dating to a committed relationship or marriage. Counseling provides a safe and neutral place to explore important topics, such as your views on monogamy or spiritual/religious differences, to more practical things like, where you will be happy living, or what are your attitudes about retirement planning and money? 

Our approach is to talk about the positives/things the couple agrees on first and explore what led them to seek premarital counseling. We then identify and address the existing challenges and potential areas of conflict. Hot topics are finances, plans for children, family dynamics and overall expectations of marriage.  

PREPARE/ENRICH Premarital Inventory

In the midst (and chaos!) of wedding planning, many couples miss out on the opportunity to connect on the more meaningful aspects of their relationship and marriage. We offer the PREPARE/ENRICH premarital survey, one of the most widely used and research-backed premarital inventory and couples assessment tool, to help couples navigate these topics. With the use of PREPARE/ENRICH, your therapist will help you: 

  • Explore strength and growth areas
  • Identify and manage major stressors
  • Resolve conflict by strengthening communication skills
  • Develop a more balanced relationship
  • Explore family of origin issues
  • Discuss financial planning and budgeting
  • Establish personal, couple and family goals
  • Understand and appreciate personality differences

Prior to starting counseling, your therapist will discuss what is right for your relationship with you. If you choose the PREPARE/ENRICH inventory, you and your partner will each complete a 30-45 minute online assessment in the comfort of your own home.  Next, you set up sessions with your therapist, who will use your results to explore important questions and facilitate exercises, aimed at improving communication. We recommend at least six sessions. You can buy a package of six for $1200 or pay as you go for $225/session. The PREPARE/ENRICH inventory is an additional $35.00 fee.  

"Brief is life, but love is long." —Alfred Lord Tennyson

Interfaith and same sex couples, as well as couples preparing to become blended families, face additional stressors in preparing for commitment and marriage. We offer individualized support to help you identify and explore these unique issues, and learn tools to enhance your relationship and take the next steps. 

PREPARE/ENRICH is also an excellent tool used for marriage counseling, couple enrichment, and dating couples considering engagement.  To learn more, please visit the website here. 

We help couples understand that disagreements are a part of marriage.  The ability to constructively communicate and resolve conflicts is the key to a loving relationship .  At a Good Place Therapy, we help couples learn the healthy conflict management skills and strategies that are the building blocks of long-lasting relationships. 

 
 
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Teens

Adolescent years are a time of tremendous challenge and change. The physical, emotional, social, intellectual and moral changes happen rapidly, which can lead to confusion, anxiety, shame, low-self-esteem and depression. We work with teens, and their parents, to help them process these heavy emotions, manage their fears, and learn the skills needed to cope and thrive. Relationships with peers are everything at this age, so it is central in our therapeutic relationship with teens.  We help teens navigate these relationships, peer pressure, cliques, online bullying and alcohol and drug use.    

Oftentimes teens, or their parents, are seeking help for a specific problem that might be causing hardship and pain.  Other times, they are just going through a rough time and could use a little more emotional support.  We keep the matters that teens bring to our attention confidential when we can, but also seek permission to bring parents in when it is helpful or necessary.

Teens face tremendous pressure to perform and succeed.  School is stressful, then there are the SATs and ACTs, college applications, cliques, and parental expectations on top of it.  Sometimes this stress builds up and prevents teens from following through with homework, taking or passing an exam, or performing at a concert or on the team.  We work with teens to help them see this fear for what it really is, then overcome it, so they can stop it from sabotaging their hopes and dreams in life. 

The focus on our work with teens involves helping them understand how their thoughts, actions and feelings are interconnected and can work to reinforce bad feelings and behaviors.  Using metaphors that they can relate to, we help them realize the things that are within their control that can be changed to help them feel better.  

The following is a list of teen issues we can help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Life event/change
  • Relationship Problems
  • Grief
  • School refusal (or other issues such as grades)
  • OCD (obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • Gender identify, Sexuality and Gender Nonconforming
  • Low self-esteem due to Learning Disability 

We help teens develop:

  • coping skills in dealing with challenging feelings and situations
  •  problem-solving skills 
  • ability to understand and regulate feelings and behavior
  • ways to manage anger
  • Goal-setting skills
  • organizational skills
  • skills in social problem-solving, making friends and negotiating with peers
  • relational empathy
  • relaxation techniques including counting and taking deep breaths, and progressive muscle relaxation exercises
  • skills to conquer worry and fears that interfere with goal attainment

Families

Parenting 

All families need a strong support system to be healthy and thrive. We can't do it alone, yet many parents set high expectations for themselves to manage it all, even living far away from their extended families and their support network. The situation can be further challenged by sleep deprivation, full-time demanding careers, and complications like the special needs of a child.  At a Good Place, we have therapists who have expertise in these areas and have been there themselves. 

Family Therapy

Family relationships are an important factor in maintaining psychological health and involving families in treatment can be very powerful. Therapy helps to strengthen bonds and reduce conflict, so that families can work collaboratively towards solving problems. At A Good Place Therapy, we take a "systems-approach," which focuses on understanding and treating an individual's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors within the context of their families, and examines these behaviors from various angles and viewpoints. We focus on helping members understand each other better. From the outset, we identify clear goals and offer tools to improve communication.

Family Therapy is a good intervention for many issues including, but not limited to:

  • Separation, divorce
  • Blended families
  • Adult sibling conflict 
  • Substance abuse 
  • Long-standing resentment and anger
  • Mental illness
  • LGBTQ 
  • Trauma
  • Academic concerns in children/adolescents
  • Behavioral problems, defiance and acting out in children and adolescents
  • Chronic Health Issues
  • Co-parenting
  • Adoption

We also do in-home sessions on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side! Please contact our office for more information. 

 

 
 
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We work with all levels of an organization to enhance employee engagement and to create an environment of psychological safety that will improve productivity and outcomes.

We offer the following consultation services:

  • Leadership coaching & development
  • Team meeting facilitation
  • Conference/workshop facilitation
  • Change management strategies
  • Clinical training & supervision

Organizations can get "stuck" and caught up in negative vicious cycles that interfere with productivity and morale and destroy culture. Leadership needs to do something different when the same way of doing things is no longer working. The situation calls for disruptive change. Drawing on the philosophy of Robert Greenleaf, founder of modern servant leadership, and Daniel Goleman, the Author of the book Emotional Intelligence,  we promote investment in the culture of accountability through enhanced leadership/management practices and team communication and collaboration. Using the values of democracy and emotional and social intelligence, and applying the tools of civic engagement, we help leaders and teams overcome barriers to innovation and productivity to achieve engagement and results. Please contact us for a free consultation to explore what we can do for your leadership and organization.