Rachel Kaplan LCSW
When anxiety or traumatic experiences are actively present in your life, it can be difficult to find new ways of coping. The impact of these challenges can leave you struggling with making difficult decisions on how to move forward, low self-esteem, overall feelings of emptiness or feeling misunderstood, even by those people closest to you.
You may be going through a period of anxiety or depression as a result of childhood trauma which has greatly impacted your outlook on life and relationships in adulthood. Or perhaps, you have experienced a meaningful loss, gone through an impactful crisis or are trying to cope with a new diagnosis/ chronic illness.
Discovering new ways of managing your life challenges can be an enriching and empowering experience. Our sessions together will provide you with an emotionally safe space to process your feelings, while also helping you to gain insight about how your environment and those around you impact your life. Together, we will navigate your relationships and stressors so that you can build a coping “toolbox” that is full of practical, diverse and effective strategies available for you to access whenever you need. In other words, we will work to discover your existing strengths and help you to uncover new ones.
My approach in the therapy space is warm yet pragmatic. Our time together will consist of a combination of techniques that will range from the very practical to those that aim at helping you to better understand your emotions. With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), we will explore how your thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected, and how becoming aware of these can help to gain more control over your responses to stressors and emotional triggers. You will also learn to understand the connection between your body and your mind through exposure to mindfulness and relaxation techniques that help to alleviate physical or mental agitation.
I have a Masters in Social Work degree from New York University, as well as certifications in Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Palliative and End of Life Care. My extensive experience with chronic illness has allowed me to understand how empathy and support show up in many different ways. Understanding what you are going through is important to me, and I would be honored to be a part of helping you to develop the skills that you need to help you live the life that you desire.
You deserve to live a more content, full and satisfying life. Therapy can provide you with the opportunity to speak with someone in an unbiased, non-judgmental, and comfortable environment. If you are ready for change, I am here to help you get where you want to go.