We have experienced providers with special interest in working with a variety of women’s physical and mental health challenges. Careers: Assertiveness and Empowerment Issues Everyone has differing levels of comfort in asserting their needs. For some people saying “no” can be difficult and can lead to buried feelings of resentment. Treatment focuses on understanding why you may have difficulty with assertiveness, and working on ways to change patterns that aren’t working for you. Our clinicians enjoy helping women to feel more empowered and attain their life and relationship goals through assertiveness training. Work Life Balance Sometimes it can be useful to sort out priorities, examine stressors, and re-evaluate one’s overall sense of “do I feel balanced?” In NYC, and around the country, work life balance is a household challenge. When you are feeling that one area of your life is more complete at the expense of another, and unsure of how to change your unbalanced state, therapy can help to increase harmony and balance in your life. Romantic Relationships: Relationship Guidance By conducting an evaluation, our providers can help uncover the core issues that are keeping you from having the relationship you want. Explore answers to the age old question, “is it me, is it the relationship, or both?” Having someone to help you navigate your choices and consequential outcomes can open up options that once felt impossible. Sexual Issues We have worked with women dealing with pain during intercourse, chronic vaginal pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, endocrine disorders, and psychological issues around sexuality such as feelings of shame, un-explored sexuality, and difficulty with orgasm. Reproductive Disorders and Miscarriage Support Many women experience reproductive health issues and difficulty with conception. This can be extremely stressful, and stress often makes matters worse. Having someone to talk to, working through some of your feelings, and developing some stress management techniques can be very helpful when going through these trying issues. Our clinicians also have relationships with other healthcare providers who can be very helpful in navigating options and making decisions. When it comes to miscarriage, many women often feel that their partners have difficulty understanding their feelings about having a miscarriage. Though miscarriages are common, it can still be a source of tremendous pain and loss to deal with a miscarriage. Processing and working through your feelings can be beneficial in starting the healing process and moving forward. Parenting: Postpartum Feelings Most women after childbirth have thoughts and feelings that go unspoken. Therapy can help women by giving them a safe place to voice those thoughts and feelings. In addition, having a therapist during this time can provide coping mechanisms to work the the emotions and deal with the challenges and issues that new mothers face. It’s important to know that you are not the “only one,” even though it may feel that way. Taking steps to address uncomfortable feelings can help to nip future issues in the bud. Balancing Mommy vs. “me” time As mothers, sometimes women become so entrenched in nurturing their children that they forget to nurture themselves. They may find themselves feeling stuck, unfulfilled, or confused about “where to go from here.” Having someone to help with guidance on your journey can be very empowering. Parent-to-be Some important questions that arise when you are getting ready to become a mother or father include: “How do I feel about becoming a parent?”, “What do I appreciate about my own experiences with parents in my life, and what can be improved?” Processing these emotions can help you optimize your parenting. Physical diagnosis or changes: Breast Cancer or DCIS diagnosis Receiving a diagnosis can be a scary time when a woman may need a great deal of support, and can find it beneficial to have some help in choosing between options and processing difficult feelings. Emotional distress is not rare, and women commonly report feelings of anxiety and depression. This is an important time to work through some of the difficult emotional and physical challenges ahead. Menopause Aside from the physical aspects of going through perimenopause and menopause, there are often many emotions that women experience. This can be an opportunity for self-reflection, and can be a rich time of psychological and spiritual growth.