About Me


About  Me

In private practice since 2003, I guide people beyond their immediate struggles by helping them understand themselves better and by tapping into their natural abilities to help themselves overcome challenges. My insight-oriented approach helps clients get to the root of what is troubling them and relieves their symptoms.

Working deeply with my clients' feelings to help their authentic selves emerge, we examine repetitive negative patterns in the context of personal history and experience. This relieves stress and results in helping people make more effective decisions and healthier choices.

I specialize in helping people adjust to significant life modifications, such as medical changes, relationship changes, and employment changes. I also focus on anxiety and depressive disorders.

Specialties


My Work

I work with a broad range of patients in both individual and group settings, as well as couples and families therapy sessions.

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My Work with Adolescents

I work with adolescents ranging from 12-18 years old. Adolescence can be a challenging time for the child because they are struggling to assert their autonomy and trying to figure out who they are independent of their family. In their efforts to emotionally separate from their families it is difficult to keep their connection or relationship with their families healthy. It is equally challenging for parents as they need to maintain their authority and set rules and values without taking away the adolescents’ need to spread their wings and figure things out on their own. This requires a delicate balance of maintaining boundaries while giving them room to explore and grow. In my treatment with adolescents, I work to empower them to use their natural gifts and abilities to find ways to cope with difficulties, and provide guidance to cope with challenges that can either be internally or externally based.

My Work with Couples and Families

It's important to address the issues that the couple bring in, yet my work also focuses on understanding the pattern in which the couple relates to each other which either promotes distance or connection. I help couples reconnect to earlier feelings in the relationship before the troubles began so as to rekindle positive feelings in their relationship. Another key area that we focus on is improving communication to enhance understanding of one another this helps foster positive feelings in the relationship. While working with families, I want all parties to feel heard and understood by myself, and the other family members. Often members of a family come in when there are long standing difficulties in relating to one another. As the therapist, I assess the patterns of unhealthy communications and behaviors, and make suggestions about how to improve in those areas.

My Work with Seniors

I specialize in providing therapy to both individuals and groups geared towards people of retirement age. The focus is to work on a healthy transition to retirement or the later years of life. We process feelings regarding losses such as medical aliments, loved ones, and identity. We also discuss ways to finding meaning, purpose, and hope. It is a time when relationships can deepen and new connections can be made by learning to tap into to our most valuable resource – our true self.

Contact


815 Elm Avenue, Second Floor
Teaneck, NJ 07666

255 West 88th Street, Suite 1A
New York, NY 10024

(917) 701-6339
abbieelkin@gmail.com

By appointment only