Crystal Spiegel, LCSW 303 5th Avenue, NY 646-846-2947
I am a dedicated social worker and psychotherapist. My work is rooted in social justice. This lens helps to humble myself in the work and be curious about how my role in society impacts others. Extensive training in trauma has expanded that lens to embrace a holistic approach to healing. Above all I believes that the best therapy is done when your relationship with your therapist has a strong foundation, meaning, you like and trust your therapist enough so the therapy space becomes a place for creating the changes you want.
I believe in people and their ability to heal. We all develop patterns of being and thinking and sometimes those patterns just don't work anymore. Our bodies and minds want to heal and sometimes they need a little help to get back on a more optimal path. I have been amazed at people's ability to heal and change old patterns. As people do this work with me they report a greater sense of aliveness, increased creative flow, and their relationship with themselves and others feels more meaningful.
I started my healing career as an AmeriCorps volunteer in New York City, working with a non-profit to help protect vulnerable populations living with asthma. This was followed by 2 years in the Peace Corps in Ecuador where I worked extensively with local government and the community at large to promote general and mental health. After completing a Masters in Social Work at Hunter College I began working at a community health center in Bed-Stuy as a psychotherapist with families and children affected by loss and HIV. I have spent some time studying in Boston and worked at a major LGBTQ+ health center continuing my work as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. In addition, I developed a documentary film making group with pre-teens that is the impetus for my current PhD studies in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University.
Please contact me for a free 15-minute phone introduction.
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