Prerna Menon

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In what ways does your personality influence your approach to therapy?

A huge aspect of my work is based in fostering an environment of compassion, comfort and humor when appropriate. I want therapy to be something you look forward to, where along with the work that is necessary and feels slightly uncomfortable, goes along work that makes you feel excited about the future.

What does a first session with you look like?

You can expect us to start with some basic introductions and administrative guidelines (boring for you and me both I know). Following that, with your permission, I like to engage clients in a comprehensive psycho-social intake. So we can, together, touch on all the areas that are important to you and our work together. I allow clients to speak more deeply about issues that may stick out for them as we cover the intake, however, I will interject with some re-direction just so we can cover all of our bases. I invite feedback and criticism constantly, and ask clients what they wish to get out of therapy, and which approaches are a total no-go for them. My hope is to have you leave our therapy space feeling confident in our work together, and in charge of how things go.

How has your particular field of specialization evolved in recent years and how has that impacted your work?

Upon starting my career, working in the substance use field was something I did not consider. I heard classmates and professors speak on such clinical issues with a sense of hopelessness and dismay. However, I have evolved to find a deep passion in working with folks struggling with addiction. I have learned that they are some of the most complex, and intelligent people I have ever come across. Oftentimes with insight that can only be birthed from within and not taught. I have grown to learn some of life's most profound lessons from my clients when working in the substance use field. I also have a deep passion in working with queer POC and BIPOC folk, drawing on my own experience of navigating the world as a queer immigrant, I find great purpose in working with this community. As a result, I sought training and became a certified trauma professional, as the aforementioned experiences and identities are greatly intertwined with occurrences of trauma.

Specialties

General Expertise

Fees

$160

First Session

$160

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Attachment-Based Therapy

Existential Therapy

Feminist Therapy

Relational Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Training / Certifications

Certified Trauma Professional License Number: 437536

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Practitioner Certificate

Interpersonal Violence

Early Signs of Psychosis Intensive

Motivational Interviewing 3-Day Intensive

Safety Planning Intervention

Interpersonal Psychotherapy 2-Day Intensive

Problem-Solving Therapy 1-Day Intensive

Dialectical Behavior Therapy 2-Intensive

CBT for Coping Skills

Trauma-Informed Care

Problem-Solving Therapy 1-Day Intensive

Education

Master of Social Work from Silver School of Social Work at NYU

Work History

I have worked in a variety of different environments. I started off with working at an outpatient domestic violence mental health treatment program, I then transitioned to working on a Mobile Assertive Community Treatment team where I worked with folks experiencing Severe and Persistent Mental Illness. I then went on to work at an outpatient methadone clinic where I worked with people suffering from Opioid Addictions and co-occurring mental health diagnoses. I then finally, found myself working at a primary care setting at a hospital in the Bronx, NY, whilst also working part-time private practice with Repose Therapy & Wellness. This exposure to a variety of social work settings has enhanced my understanding of trauma recovery and healing.