"The primary nature of every human being is to be open to life and love. Being guarded, armoured, distrustful and enclosed is second nature in our culture. It is the means we adopt to protect ourselves against being hurt, but when such attitudes become characterological or structured in the personality, they constitute a more severe hurt and create a greater crippling than the one originally suffered."

-ALEXANDER LOWEN, Bioenergetics

 

My Approach

Therapy is a commitment to start or continue your journey of self-discovery. Everybody's journey and path looks different.

Individual therapy can have many benefits, no matter your age or stage of life. People seek out therapy for a number of different reasons. Some people come because they are in emotional or physical pain. Some may have the sense that experiences from the past still affect them and influence their behavior, limiting their quality of life and limiting their ability to feel joy and pleasure. Others come to address problems they are having in their relationships or to enhance the pleasures they are deriving from their relationships.

Sometimes it can be really hard to trust someone with such painful feelings and thoughts. For me, the most important thing in a therapeutic relationship is trust and feeling safe with your psychotherapist to be able to experience change and healing.

Most of my clients have been trying very hard for a long time to push those feelings and memories away, believing that by ignoring them they will magically forget. Unfortunately, with time those memories and painful feelings can feel are taking control of their lives.  

Most of my clients understand this and have usually been in therapy before but found it didn't go deep enough and they now feel ready to explore. They want to not only end the cycle of pain and feelings of disconnection with the people they love, but also create a strong, healthy, and authentic relationship with themselves and enjoy life to the fullest.  

The majority of clients I work with are women who feel overwhelmed and disconnected. They usually grew up in families where abuse (physical, emotional, sexual) and neglect where present. They usually grew up in a household where communication of feelings wasn't encouraged or acknowledged. 

Now there is a lack of sense of safety and it could be difficult to emotionally connect to their partner and/or their children. Usually they are feeling stuck and not trusting of life. Outwardly they  could function quite well, and have much to be proud of by being both driven and dedicated. However, inwardly others might be surprised to know how much they struggle with anxiety, guilt and shame. 

My work with clients includes helping them to be proactive in their own personal growth, to regain trust in themselves and the world, rediscover their authentic self, find balance and honor their body.

You have options and you can regain control of your life, breaking unhealthy cycles that just leave you feeling hopeless. You can heal your wounds and arise from the pain with self-love, confidence and power. 

 I'd love to be a part of your journey!

My Background

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York and a member of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA).  I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Universidad Autonoma de La Laguna in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, where I was born. I received my  Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from  Touro College's accredited  program. I gained extensive experience working for my undergraduate department's therapy program providing low-cost therapy to underserved populations in Mexico, and working for a substance abuse treatment program during my graduate program. 

Upon graduating  with my masters degree,  I served as a Bilingual Trauma Therapist, working with victims of crime for Victims Assistance Services, Westcop (a Westchester non-profit organization) for four years, and as the Coordinator of Clinical Services for two years. During my six years serving for a non-profit organization, I provided trauma-focused therapy to individuals and families, facilitated Spanish-speaking domestic violence support groups, trained volunteers about trauma (PTSD), and supervised Trauma-Therapists to ensure quality of clinical services.

I  became a level 1 & 2  trained EMDR practitioner in the Spring of 2015. Most recently, I completed the Externship and Core Skills program for Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an amazing model to work with couples. Currently, I'm in my last year of the four year Bioenergetic Analysis program with the New York Society of Bioenergetic Analysis (NYSBA) graduating in May 2019.

 

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Contact Me

153 E. Main Street

Suite #G
Mount Kisco, NY 10549

 

info@magdalenalmhc.com

914-860-5685

Magdalena Pinnetti, LMHC