I utilize an approach which emphasizes a deeper level of insight into your psychology and the importance of the therapeutic relationship. Together we will work towards creating change by understanding yourself through exploration of your concerns, current and past relationships, fears and wishes, dreams, motivators, and patterns of relating to others.
Therapy works by gradually discovering and examining thoughts and feelings. Traumatic experiences often causes people to create defense mechanisms that can initially be useful and adaptive in the face of trauma or stress, but has the potential to
become destructive if it is overused or has come to replace the ability to process and cope with painful thoughts and feelings. This is often times at the root of anxiety, depression, relationship problems, insecurities, loneliness and other issues.
Within the context of a trusting therapeutic relationship there is an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings and have them accepted by another. This process is reparative and makes growth possible, allowing for a more satisfying life.
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Garden City Therapy is in Nassau County of Long Island nearby Franklin Square, Floral Park, Mineola, Hempstead, New Hyde Park, Carle Place, Uniondale, Westbury, and also serves: Merrick, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre, Oceanside and Long Beach. Office is located close to the LIRR.
Michelle Ambalu, Lcsw is a therapist in Garden City, NY providing adult and child counseling.She is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience who specializes in Anxiety Disorders and Relationship Issues. Insurances accepted are Fidelis, Cigna, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, NYSHIP Empire Plan, and GHI out of network.
In addition to her private practice in Garden City, she has worked at numerous mental health clinics in Long Island and Queens where she provided counseling and psychotherapy to individuals and families and supervised social work students. She earned her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Adelphi University in Garden City NY and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
The following are professional organizations that Michelle Ambalu is affiliated with and supports:
The Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, Anxiety Disorders Association of America Metropolitan Family Services, NYS Social Work Office of the Professions, Mental Health Association of Nassau County and the American Psychological Association. Please visit other links as well here.