Dasi Lefkowitz Verified
I work with individuals and families, primarily with young adults and couples. I create a comfortable, warm atmosphere conducive to exploring issues relating to family dynamics, trauma and intimacy. I help my clients gain insight in their current relationships using the lens of previous attachments. Gaining an awareness of how one's family of origin impacts current relationships is often a vital part of the process. There are many paths for self-reflection. Thus, I employ tools from many disciplines into my therapy such as Attachment-Based Therapy, IFS (Internal Family Systems), Mindfulness, Imago and others. I often include various expressive arts tools for those who connect to art/drama. We are each the experts of our own lives and as such I encourage my clients to actively participate in the therapy and communicate what is specifically helpful to them.
My approach to couples therapy is to gently open up the avoided topics while creating a safe place for each member of the unit. Whether it's different parenting styles or intimacy difficulties, I believe that the route to resolving these issues are by communicating about them, and understanding the deeper underlying motivations of oneself and one's spouse. My additional training in sex therapy (at Puah Institute) allows me to effectively address specific sexual issues in therapy.
Besides for my private practice, I've worked for several organizations over the years, thus expanding my exposure to different areas of concern, and gaining experience in treating a wide range of issues. I ran groups for women with post-partum depression at Nitza focusing on processing prior trauma and strengthening their attachment with their babies. I worked as the staff social worker in a therapeutic home for young women where I provided individual counseling as needed in addition to interfacing with outside mental health professionals. I also provided individual and group supervision for mentors working with children and adolescents, and I am a certified supervisor for social work interns. I believe that each individual has the ability to access their inner resources and move forward on a path of healing-and I feel privileged to be part of that journey!
New York University
The Family Institute-Counseling and Family Therapy 2008
The Family Institute-Family-Based Child Therapy 2008
Machon Netivot/Machon Puah
Couples / Relationship / Marriage Counseling
Sexual Abuse / Rape
Family Systems TherapyFamily Systems Therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that emphasizes the importance of understanding how the family functions as a whole, and how individual family members interact and affect one another. It focuses on how family dynamics, such as communication patterns, roles, and power dynamics, shape behavior, and how changing these dynamics can lead to positive change. Family Systems Therapy is a collaborative approach, where the therapist works with the family as a whole to identify and address areas of conflict and distress.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that uses the metaphor of an internal family of parts to help people gain awareness of how different parts of themselves can interact in healthy and unhealthy ways. IFS encourages people to become curious about their different parts, with the goal of helping them gain access to their true Self or core. Through this process, people can learn to recognize and care for the different parts of themselves, as well as develop compassionate understanding for the origins of their parts. A key principle of IFS is that each part within the person has its own positive intention and is trying to protect the person in some way. By understanding the positive intention of each part, the practitioner and client can work together to help the parts feel heard and understood, and to find more adaptive ways of meeting their needs. IFS has been found to be an effective treatment for a variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues.
Psychodynamic TherapyPsychodynamic therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on the unconscious mind and how it affects behavior. It works to help people understand and work through past experiences and feelings that may be causing difficulties in the present. This type of therapy encourages individuals to explore their emotions, relationships, and behaviors in order to gain insight into their current difficulties. It can help individuals better understand themselves and their motivations, and gain insight into how past events have impacted their current lives. People tend to develop defense mechanisms when faced with challenges in life. Defense mechanisms may keep painful feelings, memories, and experiences in the unconscious. A few common defense mechanisms include: denial, repression, and rationalization. Psychodynamic therapists encourage people to speak freely about their emotions, desires, and fears. Being open may help uncover vulnerable feelings that have been pushed out of conscious awareness. According to psychodynamic theory, behavior is influenced by unconscious thought. Once painful feelings are brought forth and processed, the defense mechanisms are no longer needed and a person in treatment can start changing unhelpful patterns when coping with life’s challenges.
Mindfulness, Attachment-Based Therapy