Human first, Psychotherapist second
Shaya Hecht's style🥇 Empowering 🎯 Direct 💙 Warm 💪 Challenging
Why Shaya Hecht chose to be in the helping profession
While many therapists often state that they chose their profession to "help people," I find that my own answer to this question evolves and becomes more profound as I reflect on it. When I ponder the reasons behind my decision to become a therapist, a particular memory from my teenage years comes to mind. I recall a moment when I was walking with a group of people and we witnessed an adolescent engaging in inappropriate behavior. The immediate response from those around me was, "Oy. His poor parents." However, my reaction was different. I found myself thinking, "But what about the kid? What kind of pain is driving this behavior?"
This contrasting reaction troubled me and sparked a deep curiosity within me to understand human behavior and provide support to individuals who are struggling. It was a silent commitment I made to myself, a commitment to delve into the complexities of the human psyche and help those in need. While I'm not sure where this instinct originated, I wouldn't be surprised if it was influenced by my grandparents, who dedicated their lives to serving and assisting others.
As I embarked on my journey to become a therapist, I realized that my innate desire to help and serve others was coupled with a strong passion for understanding the human mind and behavior. I pursued rigorous education and training, honing my skills and knowledge to provide effective therapeutic support. Today, I am driven by the belief that every individual deserves compassion, understanding, and guidance in navigating life's challenges. It is my purpose to offer a safe and supportive space where clients can explore their experiences, find healing, and discover their own inner resilience.
Drawing upon evidence-based approaches and therapeutic modalities, I work collaboratively with my clients to address their unique needs and goals. I strive to create a therapeutic relationship built on trust, empathy, and non-judgment, allowing clients to feel truly seen and heard. Together, we embark on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and transformation, unraveling the layers of their experiences to uncover their true potential.
In the heart of my practice, I carry the legacies of my grandparents' commitment to service and helping others. It is an honor to follow in their footsteps and make a positive impact on the lives of those I have the privilege to work with. Through the power of therapy, I aspire to facilitate profound personal growth and support individuals in living fulfilling meaningful lives.
Shaya Hecht's approach
I am often described as a therapist who strikes a unique balance between being soft, warm, and compassionate, while also exuding confidence, genuineness, and strength. With an attachment-based perspective, I prioritize building a powerful, intimate, and safe connection with my clients. I have received training in various therapeutic modalities, including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Internal Family Systems (IFS). This allows me to tailor my approach to each individual's specific needs.
However, what truly sets me apart is my recognition of our shared humanity. I see myself as a fellow human being first and foremost, which profoundly influences the way I engage with my clients. I create a space characterized by understanding, empathy, and non-judgment, where genuine healing and personal growth can take place.
What you can expect from sessions with Shaya Hecht
I deeply value the trust my clients place in me when they choose therapy as a path to healing and growth. It is an honor I hold with the utmost respect. My commitment is to create a safe and nurturing space where individuals can freely explore their inner world without fear of judgment. Together, we embark on a collaborative journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and transformation.
Building a strong therapeutic alliance is at the heart of my practice. I believe in the power of open and honest dialogue, where my clients feel comfortable expressing themselves and sharing their experiences. I strive to create an environment where they are truly seen, heard, and validated throughout their therapeutic journey.
In our sessions, I foster an atmosphere of trust, compassion, and understanding. I am dedicated to creating a therapeutic relationship that is built on mutual respect and genuine connection. By embracing empathy and genuine care, I aim to cultivate an environment where clients can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with authenticity and vulnerability.
Together, we navigate the depths of self-discovery, unraveling the layers of emotions, beliefs, and patterns that may be holding them back. My role as a therapist is to offer compassionate guidance, unwavering support, and a nonjudgmental presence. I believe that every individual deserves to be heard and understood, and I am here to provide a space where their voice can be truly heard.
Through our collaborative work, we uncover inner wisdom, explore new perspectives, and cultivate personal growth. My approach is rooted in kindness, warmth, and respect for each client's unique journey. Together, we strive for healing, resilience, and empowerment to create positive changes that align with their values and aspirations.
Shaya Hecht's experience working with the Jewish community
Before becoming a therapist, I immersed myself in Jewish outreach for several years. This experience allowed me to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds and engage in meaningful conversations about their Jewish identity. Over the past decade, I have had the privilege of working with Jews from various walks of life, gaining invaluable insights into their unique stories and challenges.
With a deep understanding of Jewish culture, customs, and traditions, I bring a culturally sensitive approach to therapy. I recognize the significance of faith, spirituality, and community in the lives of many Jewish individuals. My goal is to create a safe and supportive space where we can explore the intersection of your Jewish identity and personal growth.
Drawing upon my background in Jewish outreach, I have witnessed the transformative power of connection, support, and guidance in the lives of individuals navigating their Jewish journey. I am committed to providing a compassionate and non-judgmental environment where we can delve into your beliefs, values, and spiritual connections.
Together, we will explore how your Jewish identity intersects with your personal experiences and challenges. I will walk alongside you as we navigate the complexities of life, offering support and guidance tailored to your specific needs. My approach is rooted in respect, empathy, and a deep appreciation for the richness of Jewish heritage.
It is an honor to be a part of your journey as you uncover new insights, heal from past wounds, and embrace a life that aligns with your Jewish values and aspirations. Let us embark on this therapeutic journey together, as we discover the transformative potential within you and create a meaningful path forward.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Person-Centered Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy
People I work withAdolescents (13-18) Adults
Personal religious affiliationsFrum
Jewish community experienceExtensive
Where people can see me in personBrooklyn
1580 East 18th Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, Brooklyn, New York
10 years in practice
Licensed to work in Florida, New York
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker by New York 2016. License number 085009
- Masters of Social Work by Long Island University 2013
- Deans Scholar Award Clinical Excellence , by Long Island University, 2013,
- SIFI (Supervisor of social work students) by Long Island University 2020