About Dr. Zelig
Welcome to my private practice! I am a Florida and New York licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in working with adults and adolescents. I have years of experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to diverse populations. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Boston University, and my Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. I completed my predoctoral internship at San Jose State University’s Counseling Center, and my postdoctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente.
PASSION FOR THIS WORK
From an early age, I’ve been drawn to helping and learning from others. I find joy in deeply listening and trying to understand each person’s life experience. I am dedicated to supporting clients who want to better understand or change areas of their life, and feel honored each time I witness a client’s growth.
Having lived and trained in some of the most colorful and diversely populated areas, I respect the complexity of culture. I appreciate each person’s unique cultural lens, and am committed to continuously expand my cultural awareness.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THERAPY
It is completely normal to feel nervous before attending your first appointment. When you’re talking to someone new about personal issues, initial discomfort is to be expected. To help you and I begin this process together, please keep in mind that many of my clients have used the following words to describe me: “compassionate, easy to talk to, open, and “non-judgmental”.
In my experience, an essential ingredient to effective therapy is a person’s ability to feel fully accepted, heard and understood. My style is clinically flexible, meaning that I adjust therapy to meet the specific needs of each client. I often incorporate Cognitive Behavioral, Interpersonal Process, Mindfulness, & Strengths-focused techniques into my sessions. I offer my clients a confidential and safe atmosphere to comfortably express their thoughts and opinions freely.
We will work together collaboratively to explore your past obstacles and unsuccessful patterns, while honing in on personal strengths and goals for therapy. In therapy, we will identify meaningful connections between your history and the present which can open the door to deeper self-awareness, symptom relief, and lasting positive change.
AREAS OF INTEREST & EXPERTISE
Anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Depression, Disordered Eating, Grief & Loss, Building Self-Esteem, Emotion Regulation, Mood Instability, Stress-Reduction, Relationship Concerns, Social Anxiety/ Public Speaking Phobia, Women’s Issues and concerns specific to Adolescents.
I look forward to hearing from you so we can, together, identify your main concerns and goals for therapy.