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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou

What We Do

We provide client-centered individual and group psychotherapy in New York City and the Hudson Valley. Additionally, clinical supervision is something that we offer clinicians who are looking for additional support around shared niches and/or private practice building. Our areas of specialization are millennials, harm reduction oriented substance use treatment, and worthiness & perfectionism.

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

Our psychotherapy practice is geared towards helping adults who are looking to address and manage the aspects of their life that are not working. Much of our client base is young adults who are experiencing significant life angst or transition related to identity, career, sexuality, and interpersonal relationships. Our therapists are versed in working with people who are looking to process life experiences that are unresolved, issues related to family of origin, as well as those who are looking to better understand and/or make changes to their relationship with substances of use, abuse, or dependence.

While we do not do couples counseling, we are able to offer referrals to this service if needed. We do meet with collaterals at times when an existing client requests to bring in a family member or partner for a therapy session or two. We offer referrals to trusted providers who are able to prescribe medications if we determine that this would be a helpful supplement to your talk therapy.

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AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Anxiety
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Cycle Transitions
  • Relationships
  • Self Compassion
  • Self Esteem
  • Shame Resilience
  • Substance Use

GROUP COUNSELING IN TRIBECA + KINGSTON NY

The Daring Way™ groups offered at Resilient Self Therapy are designed to help members explore areas related to their own relationship to vulnerability, shame, and wholeheartedness. These groups are offered in both an 8-week format as well as weekend intensives. See our Daring Way page for more detailed information about our group offerings.

For agencies and organizations that would like to provide The Daring Way™ for their staff, Sarah Perl, LCSW-R, CDWF is available to work with your team on a consulting basis.

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CLINICAL SUPERVISION

Clinical Supervision is one of the greatest gifts a clinician can give themself. It’s a gesture of professional self-care to have a safe, trusted space where therapists can present their challenges, enhance the thoughtfulness of their clinical relationships/interventions, and celebrate successes. Some reasons to seek supervision with Resilient Self Therapy are:

  • The desire to deepen your clinical skill set and take your work to the next level
  • Exploration of countertransference
  • Increasing your comfort level working with substance use, shame, and issues commonly found amongst the millennial population
  • Support around private practice building
  • To attend to and reduce feelings of professional isolation
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LOCATIONS

Tribeca

Kingston, NY

What we treat

“It is a joy to be hidden, and disaster not to be found.”

– D.W. Winnicott

MILLENNIALS

Do you feel dissatisfied with the quality of your connections and relationships with others? Is dating feeling more like a drag than a desirable adventure?
Are you contemplating some of the biggest questions you’ve ever had to consider about love, work and/or becoming a parent? Are you feeling overwhelmed with juggling all of the responsibilities that are expected of you in adulthood?

Life is hard, we totally get it! The team at Resilient Self Therapy is familiar with the multitude of challenges that can arise during a “quarter-life crisis.” Your therapist will take the time to get to know you and the context in which your worries are impacting you. Together you will work to identify your goals towards relief and effective change.

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SUBSTANCE USE

Are you finding it increasingly difficult to make good choices about your alcohol or drug use? Perhaps you’re starting to notice incremental ways that your use is starting to interfere with your relationships or commitments? Or maybe your use has gotten to a point where you are feeling out of control?

Working with a therapist at Resilient Self Therapy can help assess the nature of the problem and together we will collaborate to set goals towards positive change. We take a Harm Reduction approach to our work with substance using clients, which may mean finding safe ways to moderate your use or could also mean developing an abstinence plan to support your sobriety and recovery.

Family members or loved ones of substance users are also a common client to our practice. Being in relationship with people who are struggling with substance use can pose its own set of challenges, which we believe is very beneficial to have support around. Sometimes the best place to start is with yourself, so give us a call today to see how we can help.

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WORTHINESS + PERFECTIONISM

Do you struggle around your own feelings of worthiness? Are you your own biggest critic and have a hard time feeling like you’re even on your own team? Do you tend to minimize your own successes and find limited satisfaction when you make achievements?

At Resilient Self Therapy, our clinicians can help with finding the deeper origins of this sort of self-loathing. Utilizing a philosophy of mindfulness and helping to teach compassion practices, our approach to helping is designed to combine both insight-oriented work with actionable steps that you can incorporate into your daily life.

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Meet the Team

In order for you to make the best use of your therapy, you need to feel respected, safe and supported within the therapeutic relationship. Our team offers a warm and interactive approach to their work with clients. Through discussion, reflection, affective expression, and appropriate laughter, your therapist will collaborate with you to address areas of your life that are not working. We also believe that acknowledging and learning from what’s good in your life can be beneficial for your growth.

Sarah Perl, LCSW-R, CDWF
Founder, Clinical Director, Psychotherapist

Sarah is the Founder and Clinical Director of Resilient Self Therapy with office locations in Manhattan and Kingston, New York. She received her BA from SUNY Stony Brook and her MSW from New York University. Sarah continued on to obtain a post-graduate certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. She has extensive experience in community-based social work, HIV/AIDS mental healthcare, harm reduction psychotherapy, and shame resilience work.

Sarah is committed to professional development and finds it essential for her practice. Continuing to learn and read keeps her engaged in her work. Sarah participates in clinical supervision as well as attends conferences, lectures, and webinars often.

Sarah grew up in the Hudson Valley and lives in Upstate, NY with both her husband and their dog. Traveling, spending time in NYC, all things culinary, and exploring nature are amongst her most cherished activities.

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker
NYS 078739

Practice Locations: NYC & Hudson Valley offices

What do you love about being a therapist?2019-03-22T11:37:32-04:00

Being a therapist is an especially unique and exceptional role to play in relation to another person’s life. I am honored to work with people around some of the most intimate details of their life and take that responsibility very seriously. I believe that an optimal level of trust must be established in order to allow the therapeutic alliance to develop. I enjoy feeling challenged by my work with clients while also cherishing the ability to bear witness to the growth and increased fulfillment that I’ve been able to observe my patients to experience.

What specific issues are you most passionate about helping people with?2019-03-22T11:38:05-04:00

I absolutely love working with young adults around identity related and interpersonal issues. It’s a joy to help someone build their curiosity and insights about themself. I also really like helping people understand their relationship to substance use and identifying what it’s doing for them as well as how it might be interfering with aspects of their personal ambitions.

What are your core values?2019-04-03T11:09:54-04:00

Courage, compassion, and play (which is the one I’ve been pushing myself to practice more lately).

When you’re not at work, what are you doing?2019-03-22T11:38:31-04:00

Thinking up fun meal ideas and spending time in my kitchen either exploring a new recipe or preparing meals for the busy week ahead, solo dates to the movies, quality time with friends and family, getting engrossed in a good Netflix series, spending time in nature.