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Shahreen Awal


Clinician and Clinical Supervisor

Shahreen Awal
About Me

My name is Shahreen and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York and Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey. I’ve worked with individuals in an outpatient setting for mental health treatment and have experience in individual, group and couples counseling. Therapy is a bridge of communication that fosters healing, growth and insight. It’s important for me that clients feel safe and have their voice heard and truly be seen.

My Specialties

I specialize in working with adolescents, young adults, and adults dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationship challenges, shame, multicultural issues, stress-management, self-esteem issues, and life transitions. I am certified in the Grief Recovery Method, a training designed specifically to assist individuals who wish to heal and cope with loss. I am also trained in assisting clients in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which further alleviates symptoms and emotional distress resulting from disturbing life experiences.

What Inspired Me To Be A Therapist

I personally experienced the transformation therapy can have; it opens the door for healing, growth, and enlightenment. Personally, witnessing the power of therapy and the change one goes through has motivated me to help others and be a part of that journey. I am driven to break the barriers surrounding the stigma mental health has within communities and around the world. I always want others to know that it’s ok to ask for help and that they can achieve their goals.

My Approach

My theoretical orientation is an integrative approach that incorporates humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral ideologies, which allows me the flexibility to give individualized care. Clients are encouraged to develop goals they hope to accomplish; explore their thoughts and feelings and the root causes of their core beliefs; learn to challenge themselves; and create healthy coping tools to assist in their healing process.

My goal is to provide you with a safe and calm environment (complete with sprinkles of humor!) that will allow you to speak freely and overcome barriers. I’m here for you and it is my commitment to come alongside, challenge, and encourage you to become physically, mentally, and emotionally equipped to deal with life stressors while also developing a deeper understanding of yourself. We’ll work together to develop goals and work toward identifying and maintaining healthy relationships in your life. We’ll highlight your strengths and develop healthy coping tools that will allow you to pave your path toward the goals you want to achieve. You are not alone and you will not be alone; I’ll be there alongside you!

When I'm Not Working, I Like to...

Spend time with my cats! They’re like my co-therapists! I also like to play video games, travel, knit and love to seek out new hobbies and adventures!

Services I Offer

Individual counseling and couples counseling.

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