NYC THERAPIST, MARRIAGE COUNSELING, MARRIAGE THERAPY, COUPLES COUNSELING, COUPLES THERAPY, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, NYC,, MANHATTAN, CHELSEA, MIDTOWN
INDIVIDUAL, COUPLE, AND FAMILY THERAPIST
IN NEW YORK CITY
LOCATED IN CHELSEA/MIDTOWN/NYC
At this time I am offering Video visits
If you have come to this section, you are probably searching for guidance, searching for a solution, and searching for hope. You might be wondering if anything will actually make a difference, if change is really possible, and if someone will understand what you are going through.
When people first come into my office, they are often unsure what therapy will be like, what they should talk about, and if it can actually make a difference. Often they are in my office because they have tried everything else, friends and family members have offered advice, which they have followed and found more discouraging then helpful, and there seems to be no change and no relief. There is a growing sense of sadness, frustration and disconnection.
Most of my clients have found change, solutions, and hope through the therapy process. Often their lives were so busy and things came at them so quickly, they didn’t have the time or space to slow down, reflect, and process the feelings they were unaware of. Also, they learned to recognize the negative patterns in their life and where they came from. So often, when people can identify what is keeping them trapped, they are able to discover solutions, and make different decisions. They are able to change and live better.
If you are ready to begin your journey towards change, towards living better, take the first step and call or email me to set up your free 15 minutes phone consultation. There we can discuss what is bringing you in, what your goals are, and you can ask any questions you may have, and we can see if it is a good fit.
You have probably come to this section because you envisioned your family being a certain way, perhaps being all together in the living room for a movie, or around the table for a game night, having laughter over dinner, and everyone being a support to one another as each member grows, develops and achieves their goals and dreams. However, what you are living day to day is nothing like what you dreamed or envisioned. Your family may be filled with arguments, yelling and resentment. Or you may find your family completely disconnected with everyone tuned out on their phones, locked in their rooms, and too busy for any type of conversation or connection. And often, it’s a combination of both. Also, you and your partner may be at odds over parenting styles and that just adds to the stress and conflict.
Families are challenging! You are definitely not alone! Often with all of the moving parts, it can be difficult to see and understand what is causing the conflict or disconnection. And it may seem like whatever you try just makes things worse. This is where family therapy comes in. Therapy can offer a place where each member can be heard and understood, so things can shift from individuals fighting for what they need to building family contributions towards what the family needs. When family members can be heard, understood, and related to, healing and connection can occur.
If you are ready to take the first step towards healing and connection, call me or email me for your free consultation. We can discuss your goals, I can answer any questions you have, and we can make sure it is a good fit. Lets get started!
If you have come to this section, you are having trouble in your marriage or relationship. You probably just had another fight and are feeling angry, frustrated, and maybe even hopeless. Can our relationship change? Is their hope for us as a couple? You might find yourself having the same fights over and over, feeling like no matter what you do or say it just triggers another fight, and feeling alone and misunderstood.
This is a very common experience for couples. It takes a lot of hard work to maintain a loving, meaningful relationship, and sometimes, old patterns and cycles can get your relationship completely off-track. It can seem confusing to you why your relationship is so difficult, when you are successful in the other areas of your life. How can two smart, capable, driven people that love each other not be able to “make it work?” But both of you bring baggage from your life into your marriage, both from your experiences growing up and from your past adult relationships. We often have the best intentions, but don’t always know how to connect and how to build a healthy, meaningful relationship.
This is where couples therapy can be a great help and resource. You and your partner can become aware of these unhealthy patterns and learn new ways of relating, communicating, and, connecting.
Imagine enjoying a conversation over dinner, laughing, connecting, and feeling loved. Imagine enjoying one another and living a fun, meaningful life, making memories your cherish. If you want to start your journey towards new possibilities and a fulfilling relationship, call or email me. Let’s get started!
Lesley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and later, continued her studies, graduating with honors from Iona College with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, receiving the department medal of honor for clinical and academic excellence. After graduate school, Lesley furthered her clinical and academic training by graduating from a 3-year certificate program in Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Therapy. Lesley is also a Certified Gottman Therapist - Level 2.
Before entering private practice, Lesley has worked in various college and community mental health settings providing clinical care for adolescents, adults, couples and families from diverse socioeconomic, racial, cultural, and spiritual backgrounds. Currently, she volunteers at a community based organization mentoring young women, providing pre-marital counseling, and teaching parenting and marriage workshops. She is especially drawn to working with men’s issues, sports/academic performance, parenting difficulties, and high-conflict couples.
Lesley’s passion for working with people developed in her early 20’s while teaching and coaching youth in sports. She found that to effectively work with the youth she had to build a solid relationship with the families to develop a collaborative approach to the student’s growth as an athlete, student, and person. This experience led Lesley to over 20 years of experience volunteering in community-based organizations providing counseling for adolescents, adults, couples and families from various backgrounds. She brings these years of experience to her current work as a therapist. She strives to tailor her work specifically toward your needs and goals and considers her approach as empathetic, non-judgmental and honest.
Please feel free to schedule your first appointment or schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation to answer any questions you may have.
If you do not see a time that works for you, please call, and we will try to work around your schedule.