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Shayna Shafier, MHC-LP

Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Limited Permit

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Shayna Shafier, MHC-LP's style

🙌 Affirming 🧘 Calm 💙 Warm 😃 Humorous

Why Shayna Shafier, MHC-LP chose to be in the helping profession

My decision to pursue a career in the helping profession stems from a lifelong fascination with human nature and the intricate paths that shape individuals. From a young age, I've been captivated by the stories of people around me, intrigued by the complexities of their experiences and how they navigate life's challenges. This curiosity has driven me to seek deeper connections and forge meaningful relationships with others.

As I've journeyed through life, I've continously found myself drawn to understanding the "why" behind people's actions and emotions. What drives them? What motivates them? These questions have been a constant thread woven throughout my personal and academic pursuits.

In addition to my curiosity, I have a genuine appreciation for the profound impact of human connection. I believe that authentic relationships are the cornerstone of meaningful support and growth. Whether it's lending a listening ear, offering guidance, or simply being present, I find immense fulfillment in the bonds formed through empathy and compassion.

I'm guided by a deep-seated reverence for life and the inherent value it holds. Each individual's journey is a testament to the resilience and beauty of the human spirit. It's this recognition of the intrinsic worth of every person that fuels my commitment to this work.

Shayna Shafier, MHC-LP's approach

In my approach to therapy, I hold a fundamental belief in the inherent capacity of every individual to heal and evolve from within. Central to my philosophy is the understanding that our connections with others play a vital role in unlocking this innate potential for growth. Rooted in an attachment lens, my therapeutic practice integrates various experiential modalities to facilitate this process.

Drawing from a blend of therapeutic techniques, I incorporate somatic work, mindfulness practices, sand tray therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Psychodrama into my sessions. Each modality serves as a tool to deepen self-awareness, explore underlying emotions, and foster transformative experiences.

Above all, I prioritize relational safety as the cornerstone of my therapeutic work. I believe that the therapeutic relationship serves as a sacred space—a sanctuary where individuals can feel seen, heard, and valued without judgment. It is within this safe and nurturing environment that healing and growth can flourish.

In my practice, I aim to co-create a therapeutic alliance characterized by trust, empathy, and authenticity. Together, we embark on a journey of exploration and discovery, navigating the intricacies of your inner world with compassion and curiosity. My goal is to provide a reparative and supportive container for your healing journey—one where you can cultivate resilience, integrate past experiences, and forge a path towards greater well-being and fulfillment.

What you can expect from sessions with Shayna Shafier, MHC-LP

In our sessions, you can expect a relatively non-directive approach, one that invites you to take the lead in exploring your own journey. Rather than steering the conversation, I'll encourage you to delve into your thoughts, feelings, and experiences at your own pace. While I won't dictate the content of our sessions, I may gently prompt you to pause and reflect on what's happening internally.

Throughout our time together, I'll strongly emphasize our therapeutic relationship and the dynamics unfolding within it. You'll find me attuned to the nuances of our interactions, as I believe that the relationship between therapist and client holds profound healing potential. You'll likely hear me using the word "notice" frequently, as I encourage you to become more aware of your inner landscape and the patterns at play.

I deeply respect the resilience of the human mind in adapting to and overcoming adversity. Many of the challenges you bring into therapy are not merely symptoms to be eradicated but rather coping mechanisms that have served a protective function. With compassion and curiosity, we'll work together to create a safe space where these defenses can gradually soften and evolve.

Our sessions will be characterized by a collaborative exploration of your experiences, guided by empathy, acceptance, and a genuine commitment to your well-being. Together, we'll uncover insights, cultivate self-awareness, and foster the conditions for healing and growth to unfold organically.

Shayna Shafier, MHC-LP's experience working with the Jewish community

Working within the Jewish community has been profoundly significant for me as an Orthodox Jew myself. Being able to serve individuals within my own community brings a deep sense of purpose and connection. I understand the importance of cultural familiarity in therapy, especially within a complex and diverse community like religious Judaism.

However, I approach each client with an open mind and a willingness to learn about their specific background and experiences within their community and culture. I recognize that no two individuals have identical journeys, even within the same religious framework. Therefore, I refrain from making assumptions based on my own experiences and instead invite my clients to share their unique perspectives.

Maintaining a non-judgmental stance is paramount in my work, particularly when it comes to matters of religion and spirituality. I hold deep respect for each person's individual relationship with their faith and how it intersects with their mental and emotional well-being. By creating a safe and accepting space, I strive to validate and honor each client's experiences without imposing my own beliefs or expectations.

In my practice, I've had the privilege of working closely with various segments of the Jewish community, including many Chassidic women. Building these relationships has been both enriching and rewarding, allowing me to gain a deeper understanding of diverse perspectives and cultural nuances. Through these experiences, I've cultivated a profound appreciation for the resilience, diversity, and beauty within the Jewish community, and I remain committed to providing culturally sensitive and inclusive care to all individuals I serve.

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Languages spoken

English

People I work with

Adults Individuals Couples Groups

Personal religious affiliations

Orthodox

Jewish community experience

Extensive

Licensed to work in

New York

Decatur Ave, Monsey, New York

Degrees

  • Bachelors of Science in Psychology by Excelsior College
  • Masters in Mental Health Counseling by Pace University

Trainings

  • Somatic Intervention Part 1
  • Somatic Intervention Part 2
  • Somatic Intervention Part 3
  • Psychodrama - 60 hours
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • EFT
  • AEDP
  • Forest Therapy

Affiliations

  • Nefesh International
  • NYMHCA

Average costs per session

$175 - $260

Payment Methods

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Zelle Quick Pay

What my clients have to say about working with me:

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