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Anxiety Therapy in NYC

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Feeling Not Good Enough? You're Not Alone

You're working hard, aiming for the best in this competitive city of New York, but sometimes, it feels like you're still not quite there. Comparing yourself to others, you can't shake off the feeling that you're just not good enough. It feels as if your self-worth depends on your job performance, and this anxiety even affects your sleep — tossing and turning with thoughts racing, making it hard to find restful sleep. Living this way is exhausting...


On the Outside Looking In

To the world, you're the person everyone likes — nice and kind. But inside, you're wrestling with anxiety, especially around others. It's like you're wearing a mask, trying to fit into the mainstream, yet feeling alone and out of place, even though you seem to have it all together.


When Anxiety Hits Hard

You understand that everyone feels anxious sometimes, but lately, it's been different for you. That knot in your stomach before leading a meeting, the pounding heart when someone disagrees with you — it's real and scary. You're not a fan of confrontation, and expressing your emotions feels like walking on eggshells. You worry about upsetting others, feeling weak and vulnerable, sometimes teary, without even saying a word. You really hate that feeling!


Feeling Stuck and Wanting More

You know you need to be strong, but there's this gap between what your mind wants and how your body reacts. It feels like you can't get it right, but you're ready for a change. You're looking for help from someone who gets it, someone who can guide you without judging.


You've Found the Right Place!

Hi I’m Yuko, a clinical psychologist, published writer, and supervisor in New York City. I'm here for the hard-working New Yorkers who are feeling totally exhausted and drained. You know, the ones who've been pushing themselves too hard.


I've been doing this for over 15 years, helping people with anxiety, worry, and those heart-racing panic moments. I like to use this cool idea called the "Triangle of Experience" (thanks to Fosha, 2000) to get to the heart of things quickly, focusing on what you're truly feeling, your anxiety, or any walls you've put up.


First things first, we'll build a safe and trusting vibe together, where you can let your guard down. Maybe we'll try some calming techniques together, like focusing on your breathing, to take the edge off any intense anxiety. Then, we'll gently explore those deeper feelings you've pushed away. My approach is called AEDP psychotherapy – it's all about connecting your mind, body, and emotions in a way that really brings about deep, lasting transformations.


People say I'm a warm, gentle, and kind soul with a knack for lightening the mood. We'll probably share a few laughs, even when we're sorting through tough emotions.


Ever felt scared to go down to the basement alone as a kid, but then found it way less scary with an adult by your side? It's kind of like that with emotions. I'll be right there with you, journeying into the deeper parts of your heart and mind, so you're never facing those feelings alone. I'm in your corner. Together, we can heal those deep-seated emotions – sadness, anger, fear – the stuff that's really behind your anxiety.


Therapy with me isn't scary or painful. It's more like having a heart-to-heart with someone who's got your back. Through our sessions, you'll start to see changes – not just in how you handle anxiety, but in your relationships, your work, and, most importantly, in how you see yourself. With a bit of time and work, you can look forward to a life that's easier, more authentic, and filled with a real, belly-laugh kind of joy! 😄


Take the first step to free yourself from anxiety and create a life with ease, authenticity, and joy. Schedule a free consultation with me today to see if you and I click!

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