Stacey Klein | Therapy in Manhattan
“Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.“
– A.A Milne from “Winnie the Pooh”
“If one knew oneself to be precious, one would guard oneself with care”
-Buddha, The Dhammapada
Welcome to my website. I’m an integrative and holistic psychotherapist in private practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan working with children, adolescents, adults and couples. I’ve been practicing for over 22 years helping people of all ages successfully understand and ease their conflicts about living, make peace with their minds, live more fully in their bodies and learn to better listen to the “still small voice” of their own hearts.
In our work together, while I will offer you tools for managing your symptoms, our focus will be on getting to the root cause of your struggles rather than on “quick fix” symptom relief. This will help change your relationship to your symptoms and lessen your reliance on them, lead you to long term healing and a rewiring of your nervous system which changes your experience of yourself and your world.
Did you know that the word “psyche” (the first part of psychotherapy) actually means soul or animated spirit? Many therapies these days don’t acknowledge the soul, but whether you take a mystical approach viewing this as your “higher self”, or a Buddhist approach and call it “the one who knows”, or a Freudian perspective and tune into your “unconscious” self, this deeper part within you constantly communicates with you through your unconscious through the language of poetry, images, dreams, archetypes and metaphors. This means that when you stay on the surface of your experience and take the chatter and limiting beliefs that your conscious mind throws at you daily to be who you are, you miss out on receiving the complete story of who you truly are and the potentiality of who you can be.
I can help you restore access to the deeper longings of your heart, your deeper nature, so that you can shift areas of your life that are stuck and unsatisfying and live more from this wiser place within. Your “mental health symptoms”, physical challenges and addictions to your mind, relationships or substances are often a sign that a deeper part of you wants your attention. When attended to, these symptoms improve and you get unstuck.
I see good psychotherapy as alchemy. Through our work together, we will help you experience a sense of wholeness in your life and transform your relationship to your struggles by attending to all levels of your being- your mind, body and spirit. If you decide to work with me, you will receive my full presence, care and attention to all of who you are as we work to help ease your suffering.
Psychotherapy is the light that can pierce through the fog. It is a powerful path, a unique relationship that develops between you and your therapist that awakens you to your inner life and to the light that you uniquely are to the world. It can lead you towards living a more meaningful and joyful life.
Psychotherapy cultivates your awareness of your way of being in the world, helps you learn how to move through your feelings rather than avoid them and how to unravel and release limiting beliefs. Enhanced awareness of your experience opens up new possibilities and deeper satisfaction.
The therapeutic relationship offers a secure base from which you can explore new avenues for coping with and transforming difficult experiences and feelings. As you become more aware of your feelings, your relationship with yourself and the world will change, your experience of life will shift and you will discover easier access to states of ease, grace and peace.