Katherine Grisales-MoraLMHC

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

As a Latina coming from the Hispanic community, I saw first-hand the disparity there was between mental health and coping effectively with facing significantly difficult life experiences, from the consistent view of mental health being a taboo in the collective community. It wasn’t common to see Latinx individuals taking on the role as professionals of being a guide to others and helping them learn to process, cope, develop healthy boundaries, address cultural concerns, all the while functioning healthily within the family structure and community. Seeing the great need there was for mental health practitioners from a Hispanic background and understanding, I became a therapist. I aim to help bridge that gap and normalize the need for help to manage mental health concerns, aiding in dismantling the barriers towards mental health within my Hispanic community.

What would be important for someone to know about working with you?

The relationship that we have in the therapeutic space will be very particular than that of friends, family and loved ones. Our loved ones care for our well-being and have a distinct relationship with us, which often leads to biased viewpoints and advice that stems from that relationship they have with us and their own personal perspectives. Heart in the right place but conveying of that message might not be the most ideal or the one we need in the moment. In the therapeutic space that we will build together, the guidance that is given is focused on what you bring to the room, informed by the choices you make, bringing awareness to patterns that may be hindering your current functioning and bond with the self and others in your life. The alliance we will form is based on mutual respect, accountability, and the clinical lens, which allows true self-reflection and desired change towards your own goals. In addition, with my clients I often incorporate weekly tasks that encourage self-reflection, reframing, facing certain issues that were previously avoided and coping skills applications to further enable my clients in regaining back that sense of control in their daily lives.

What does a first session with you look like?

First sessions can be and feel scary and anxiety provoking for sure, which is why in a first session with me, I aim to give the space for clients to ask questions and voice their concerns about therapy and what they can expect moving forward. Also, first sessions are catered to getting to know more about my clients and the issues that have brought them to therapy along with getting to know about their hobbies, their support system, and so forth in a conversational style. I always do a check-in and check-out with my clients, especially in first sessions to ensure their comfort and building a sense of safety in their therapy process.

Specialties

General Expertise

Fees

$150

First Session

$250

Family Therapy

$150

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Family Systems Therapy

Humanistic Therapy

Integrative Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Licensure

NY, LMHC, P111283

Education

Masters, Mental Health Counseling, Baruch College

Bachelors, Psychology, York College

Work History

Supervised by: Margarita Carson LCSW License #: 089043 I've had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings ranging from a mental health clinic, to a prevention services center, to private practices focusing on helping marginalized communities obtain the mental health services they needed to improve daily individual and family functioning. The areas in which i've worked include anxiety, depression, crisis management, substance abuse harm reduction, parenting and lifeskills training, trauma, life transitions, academic concerns, interpersonal relationships, attentional difficulties, body image issues, immigration concerns, family dynamic issues, and cultural concerns. I've worked with individuals of different ages, backgrounds and socioeconomic status from as young as 8 years old to 70 years old, focusing on their specific needs towards self-growth and actualization.

Location

928 Broadway, Suite 500, NY, 10010, NY