Counseling & Therapy
“What a wonderful session! Sydney is one of those people who can listen to what you’re saying and relay it back to you in a way that creates greater clarity for you about your inner workings. She’s warm, made me feel comfortable straight away, and gave me concrete ideas about how to work towards my goals. I didn’t know exactly what I was walking into working with her, but it definitely exceeded expectations!” - May, 2019
Individual, Couples, Family and Group Sessions
I believe that as humans, we're relational by nature. We can't underestimate the healing power of authentic, collaborative and mutual relationships in filling a basic human need.
Counseling involves a unique relationship because our time is structured so that we can both work together to support you. The boundaries of the professional relationship can offer a space to air out thoughts and emotions that otherwise get stuffed down or hidden. Confidentiality and professionalism can paradoxically create opportunities for intimacy, play, authenticity and spontaneity that extend into other parts of your life.
Approach, style and techniques
I utilize a gentle, insight-focused combination of mindfulness and motivational interviewing. That means that I listen closely, ask important questions and reflect your own wisdom back to you. We might explore your ambivalence about thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are helping you get through the day…. but holding you back from feeling truly free.
If you’re struggling to integrate a traumatic experience or adverse life events, I might suggest a specific form of therapy as part of our work together. In these cases I utilize a technique called EMDR. EMDR is highly effective in reducing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress and complex trauma.
I specialize in supporting clients who want to find greater wellbeing and meaning in their lives while managing chronic pain and/or anxiety. I’m passionate about helping people find ways to truly appreciate and care for themselves even when it’s hard to be in their bodies. I love helping clients to discover new ways to calm their nervous systems and empowering them use mindfulness and other tools for calming and soothing their nervous systems. I also love helping people work towards doing the stuff that they already know leads to their own physical and emotional wellbeing… but they just haven’t seemed to be able to follow through.
I’ve worked extensively with individuals in recovery from self harm, binge eating and addiction as well as with individuals wanting to change or moderate drinking and drug use. For many years, I taught in the Buddhist Recovery world and I’ve helped people with a variety of approaches to 12 step recovery (including adult children of alcoholics). While I’m currently only able to take clients who are actively engaged in managing eating behaviors and risky substance use as part of a community of peers or with a dietician, I’m happy to refer clients who are looking for more structured support.
I also work with couples who want to use mindfulness to break free from habitual patterns of relating and find new ways to communicate more authentically. I help you to recognize triggers and defenses. Together we work to release old traumas and stories you've been retelling in your minds by connecting with each other in transformative ways in the present moment. I work with married couples, queer couples, and polyamorous folks and am sex positive, BDSM friendly and welcoming to all kinds of people who want to be more wise and compassionate in relationship with others.
I meet with clients as a clinical intern in Flatiron, NYC (New York City). I also work with coaching clients in my New Jersey Office and worldwide via Skype. I love working in harmony with other therapists, coaches, nutritionists, spiritual directors, mentors, teachers and holistic healers.
I’m currently only accepting new coaching clients, please inquire below to see if we’re a good fit.
For Individuals, Meditation, and Stress Reduction
45 minutes at $175
For Couples, EMDR, Pain Management and Private Yoga
60 mins at $230
Group or Family Sessions, Prenatal or Injury Recovery
Please schedule an initial consultation to discuss rates.
My goal is to provide accessibility to services that support wellbeing, so I offer sliding scale space for clients experiencing financial need. Please schedule a phone call or send an email to discuss.
While I do not participate as an in-network insurance provider, almost all of my clients are reimbursed by their insurance providers on an out-of-network basis, some are covered at in-network rates.
Pay By: Cash, Check, Health Savings Account, PayPal