I can proudly say that I have helped countless numbers of my clients heal, grow and change. This is probably the main reason a large portion of my referrals come from past and existing patients.
Amy, 30 "I have been a client of Irina's since 2006. Working with her has changed my life. I started therapy in the midst of a separation, out of a dysfunctional marriage, not understanding my choices in men and my behavior in relationships, as well as dealing with major self esteem issues. My work with Irina has led to a complete and total revolution in the way that I think about the world, it has inspired me to continue to self-improve and evolve. With Irina's help, I was able to break my pattern of making bad choices in men and being an unhealthy partner. I have learned how to become an independent, self-confident, fully-formed woman. I am now able to choose healthy, supportive and loving partners and friends. I have also learned how to be empathic, reasonable, understanding and respectful partner and a friend. Irina is extremely insightful and wise, she is able to deliver things that patients may not want to hear but need to hear in a very respectful and kind way. I have seen several therapists in my life, and I feel like Irina is the only one who truly "gets me" - because she has taken the time to truly understand me, understand where I was and understand where I want to go. That kind of an investment by a therapist in her patients is so incredibly unique and so highly valuable to those of us seeking help. I feel I can tell her anything and she will not judge me. Insights that she has had into my life have been dead-on and have truly helped me see where I went awry. Irina's help has led to a way of being which has reduced the amount of conflict in my life. I feel much of the time that I am a better, wiser, smarter and stronger person than I could have imagined."
Richard, 41 "It took a long time for me to decide to begin counseling. When I did, I did not really know how to go about finding a good therapist, as I did not feel comfortable asking anyone for a recommendation since I was a little embarrassed. I started to look on line and found about 4 therapists whose profiles, information and location were convenient and compatible with what I was looking for. I called all of them and Irina Firstein was the first one to call me back and did so within an hour of my call. I found her easy to talk to on the phone, she had an appointment for me within a day or so and the whole process was very simple and painless. It has worked out very well for me"
Denise 33 & Rob 36 - "When we came to see Irina, we were thinking about separation. We couldn't have a discussionwithout screaming within a few minutes. We have not had any intimate relations in over a year. This was our last ditch effort and we were pushed into this by a friend, an ex-patient of Irina Firstein. We have been working with Irina in therapy now for about 6 months and are seeing a lot of progress in our relationship. We are able to have conversations without them becoming explosive; we can discuss things between us and are hearing each other. We are also starting to reconnect sexually and are having affectionate feelings. Things look very hopeful for us."
Valery 42 - "I came to therapy with Irina, referred by my Primary Care Doctor, because I was having a lot of stress and anxiety because of a relationship with my boss which was very abusive. I got headaches and was shaking every time I had to go into his office. She introduced me to this technique EMDR. We connected my experience with my boss to an earlier traumatic incident with a teacher in Middle School and we processed that memory as well as various traumatic incidents with my boss. He does not bother me at all, I am not at all afraid of him anymore, I am able to stand up to him and he has totally backed off. All this took a couple of months of therapy. Amazing!"
Josh 35 - " I have never been in therapy before was very reluctant and skeptical. I am pleasantly surprised at how no-nonsense, straightforward, helpful and really insightful Irina's feedback to me is and how easily I can use it in my day to day life. I feel better and I have a great person to talk to about anything and everything."
Olga 27 - "I was recommended to Irina by a good friend, who felt very helped by her. I came to New York at the age 7 and basically grew up here. I do, however, feel different from my "American" friends because my parents and extended family are different and I grew up with a different culture. So while I feel totally comfortable and very "American" too, I have some different issues, mostly having to do with my family. It is so helpful to have someone to talk to about these issues who really understands what I am talking about and who is so aware of by background but also really understand our life in New York."
Greg 27 - "I consider it a privilege to speak with Dr. Firstein each week. She is like a wise, old friend who offers understanding, advice and counsel. Dr. Firstein introduced me to EMDR therapy. This technique and her careful application of it have brought clarity and calm to moments that were once fraught with tension and confusion."
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