My approach to therapy is person-centered; meaning that therapy is for you and defined by you. I aim to create a supportive, affirming, and warm therapeutic environment where you feel comfortable showing up authentically as you are. I believe that the best therapeutic work is done when you feel calm, respected, and heard by your therapist. My therapeutic style is eclectic and draws from several evidence-based modalities including Rogerian, Relational and Narrative Therapy. I am especially interested in the role of emotional processing in psychosocial functioning and incorporate tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) into my practice.
Therapy is helpful in providing a safe space to organize your thoughts, process through emotions, and identify personal sources of strength. As your therapist, I will support you through the process of self-exploration with the goal of developing greater self-awareness of your internal states, personal narratives, and behavioral patterns. Through greater self-awareness, we are better equipped to enact meaningful change in our lives and improve our relationships to ourselves and others. I will also work with you to incorporate emotional regulation techniques into your daily functioning so that you are able to extend the coping skills you learn in session well past our time working together. My services are inclusive and accepting of all forms of diversity. As a multiple minority group member, myself, I understand the vital importance of acknowledging the overlapping social contexts and lived realities of the populations I serve. Therapy can be a difficult first step to take when you are already struggling with your mental health. It is my hope that you feel comfortable reaching out with any questions or concerns that you may have.
Gurdaya is a clinician in training at Bryant Park Therapy and working towards obtaining her master’s degree at New York University. She is completing the dual degree program in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness and Post-Masters Advanced Certificate in LGBT Health, Education, and Social Services. Gurdaya completed her BA in Psychology at Simon Fraser University and earned minors in Counseling and Educational Psychology. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree at New York University, Gurdaya worked extensively in crisis intervention, addictions work, community mental health, and social services.
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