Hi there and welcome! My name is Alana and I'm so glad you found me here - my favorite part of working as a therapist in NYC is the honor of working with clients from all backgrounds, cultures, and walks of life. On your therapy journey, you will grow, shift, and change into the most authentic version of yourself - discovering or reclaiming the true "you."
Therapy is a tool to help you gain insight into your patterns of thoughts and emotions that may be hindering your personal journey toward growth. It's a process, and you deserve to feel comfortable, supported, and understood in this journey.
It's also important to note that therapy with me is different than the dry depiction of a silent "analyst" - You will not be bouncing a ball against a wall! I will tell you my thoughts, share my opinions, and be a supportive equal with you in the room. The relational aspect of therapy is just as important as the work we are doing together, and through collaboration, we will help you begin your path to wherever you're hoping to go in this lifetime.
Informed by humanistic, feminist, and social justice values, my philosophy is that the more empowered you feel to be your most authentic self, the more apt you will be toward making changes.
I have extensive training and experience in the addiction world, but addiction is only one of my specialty areas. I also enjoy working with minority and intersectional populations, personality disorders, mood disorders, women’s issues, relational issues, and life transitions. I work specifically with individuals and couples where one or both partners have Borderline Personality Disorder, and value helping my clients see themselves and others more clearly, whether it occurs in individual or couples therapy.
Therapy can mean a number of things. For you and me, therapy will mean building an authentic, genuine relationship where we work collaboratively on nourishing your self-acceptance and personal fulfillment during any and all life transitions. I am here to cheer you on as well as gently challenge thought-patterns that may be holding you back.
My therapeutic approaches are DBT, CBT, Humanistic, and Psychodynamic.
What this means is that while we will focus on the relationship between your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, we will also contextualize this within who you are and your past experiences. You are the master of your own life; I am simply a reflection of what you bring to therapy and your commitment to enacting meaningful change.
Please reach out for a free phone consultation where we can discuss what you're looking for in therapy and how I may serve as a helpful guide.