Miriam Brand LMHC
If you have already been to therapy in the past and had a positive experience, you know the importance of feeling understood, listened to and at ease to express yourself freely. Whether you have already done this before or if this is your first time considering it, I am so glad that you are looking deeper into my background so that you can decide if my approach, specialties, and experience might be the right fit for you.
I work with people who are grappling with the anxiety and depression that may come as a result of life transitions. Whether that is adapting to a new “adulthood” role, exploring relationship dynamics or adjusting to living with an unexpected or long-term medical diagnosis, all of these transitions often impact your identity and sense of self. I aim to help you to explore and reevaluate these areas and the surrounding factors that are continually in flux.
If you are dealing with a chronic illness or chronic conditions, you will find in our work together that I have a deep understanding of the physical, mental and emotional challenges of navigating this often misunderstood world. Together, we can work towards alleviating some of the burden of living life with invisible illnesses and help you to learn applicable coping skills that will remain accessible to you whenever you may need them.
At times, I may also help you to explore issues connected to the obvious and not-so-obvious childhood emotional trauma which now impacts the different kinds of relationship dynamics that you are trying to navigate. I consider myself to be a curious and compassionate therapist who also welcomes humor into the therapy relationship and encourages the use of this safe space to discuss any concerns that you may have.
I have an eclectic therapy style, utilizing knowledge and techniques from psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and strengths-based treatment. What this means, is that within any given session, I may offer compassion while also challenging you to consider alternative perspectives and insight into the behaviors that are getting in the way of where you want to be. I will also provide education on the connection between our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and help you to develop the skills to manage any symptoms in more beneficial ways.
Over the years, I have utilized and honed in on the skills learned while obtaining my Masters in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. I also co-host a podcast called “Pancreas Pals” that explores the social and emotional impact of navigating the world with a chronic illness.
The time that we choose to spend in therapy gives us a safe physical space to take a breath, examine ourselves closer and check in with someone who can help to make sense of any feelings or experiences we’re going through. I will always try my best to meet you where you are in your therapeutic journey and look forward to meeting you at the start line.