Alena KwongLMSW

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Availability

In Eastern Time

What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?

There is so much depth and richness in our experiences , as we work towards dissolving shame and stigma in mental health we begin to embrace each other with more understanding and awareness, we begin to connect, we begin to listen and we begin to take the first step towards healing.

What does a first session with you look like?

The first session will be dedicated in exploring your personal goals and needs from therapy. The session will be geared to "meeting you where you are" and understanding and identifying what needs to be acknowledged in order for healing to occur. We will talk about what style and approach works best for you and what you hope to achieve through therapy.

What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

I come from a background in holistic nutrition and wellness coaching and am also a certified yoga practitioner and Reiki Master. I am a firm believer of the interconnectedness of the body, mind, soul and spirit for healing of one's innate state of well-being. With that said, I have also embarked on my own healing journey through the practices of mindfulness, yoga, meditation and psychotherapy.

Specialties

Self-Esteem

Attachment issues

Cultural adjustment

Stress

Trauma

General Expertise

Depression

Anxiety

Careers

Relationship Issues

Loss/Grief

Body image issues

Caregiver stress & support

College & graduate student issues

Fees

$170

First Session

$170

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session

Clientele

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Attachment-Based Therapy

Coaching

Compassion-Focused Therapy

Gestalt Therapy

Humanistic Therapy

Integrative Therapy

Training / Certifications

CBT Essentials

Holistic Nutrition Coaching

200hr Yoga Teacher Certificate

Reiki Master

Trauma Informed Training

Compassion Fatigue Training

Licensure

NY, LMSW, 112955

Education

MSW - New York University, 2021

B.S. Nutrition - California Polytechnic State University, 2006

Work History

-Grace Institute, NY - Offer individual short term supportive counseling/crisis management sessions using Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-based therapy, SMART goal setting strategies and mindfulness based approaches to assist client in achieving personal life and therapeutic goals. Resource referrals were also offered in regards to public assistance and social support services.  -Absolute Sanctuary Health and Wellness Resort                                                                                                     Nutrition and wellness consultant providing individual wellness counseling sessions using active listening skills and motivational interviewing techniques for adults coping with stress, anxiety and weight/health issues        Design nutrition and wellness workshops to provide health education and self-care tips in a group setting•Facilitate yoga, reiki, meditation sessions for stress management to client-Orion Retreat Holistic Spa                                                                 Wellness Consultant providing wellness counseling sessions to guests on with health/emotional and weight issues using cognitive behavioral therapy and private yoga sessions to support clients. Creating  health and well-being focused intervention plans to clientsVolunteerCareer Village – Volunteer counselor offering career information and advice for studentsNew York Cares – Freelance volunteer for God’s Love We Deliver meals distributor for terminally ill population, Mock interviewer for adults with disabilities, Soup Kitchen prep assistant for feeding homeless population.Rhemedy by Rhed West Village Spa – Resident Reiki and meditation practitionerCSSI - Crisis Hotline Specialist

Location

Livingston Street, Brooklyn, 11201, NY