Judy is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) trained in Gestalt and body psychotherapy. She is the founder of the Full Gestalt. Believing that the body holds the wisdom to heal itself, her practice combines talk therapy with various forms of energy work to facilitate awareness around malfunctioning energy patterns both in the body and in the mind. Judy is also a certified in Integral Somatic Psychotherapy (a master training in body psychotherapy), yoga therapy and a long-term student of Cranial Sacral therapy. Her work integrates body, mind, and Spirit reconnecting disenfranchised parts with the whole so individuals can live fuller more authentic lives.
Often a client is frozen in trauma, either internally or externally induced and their system deregulates becoming "off line". Over time, patterns get solidified and a way into healing evasive. Guiding choices away from polarities and towards the center brings the system back "on line" where there are balance and health. Having tools and knowing the language to make contact with the physical, emotional and subtle bodies allows the client to be heard, seen and held on all levels and invites wholeness.
Sessions are 50 minutes at $150.00 or on a sliding scale based on need. Finances should not be the determining factor that keeps you from healing.
Adesperate need to be seen.
Therapy, counseling, or really seeking help from an external source is not looked upon favorably by my family or by the culture, race, and religion that I grew up in. We are taught to carry our own burdens and worries with himat, or strength. But I had lost all strength and hope in myself and in my relationships. I had a nagging feeling that my only real hope was to find someone who I could connect with and who could actually see me. I will never forget the day that I met Judy.
I rushed to the office and was very anxious about how I would be perceived. I sat in a quiet and comfortable setting, and was met with such a warm and alert face. Judy sat right across from me and never lost eye contact. My first intake was like opening up the floodgates. Despite going over-time, Judy was not bothered and made sure she got all the details down. It was the first time that I ever felt safe in a long time. At the end of our session, Judy told me that she understood that it took a lot of courage for me to share information with her and to begin therapy.
I knew at that moment that gaining himat was not something someone does alone. I gained that strength and courage in collective sessions with Judy.
For someone who has not grown up in my culture and has not faced my struggles, it was so powerful to cross the boundaries of race, religion, gender, politics, etc together and find common ground. We were two completely different people with different backgrounds, yet she understood all the cultural and racial nuances and dynamics that played a part in my life. That is such an incredibly rare quality and skill to have. It is clear that Judy truly works on herself and in practicing what she preaches in her daily life. For me, that is how she built trust with me.
I could honestly go on and on. Through her practice, Judy has helped me:
1. SEE MYSELF
2. SEE OTHERS
3. SEE HOPE
From our sessions in her office, finishing my professional school, to the work I did abroad with refugees- Judy has been there to show me how to be an effective advocate, professional, and compassionate human being who can help others while remaining solid within myself. Her hands on approach is truly unique. There is nothing that can get past her without analysis, and I appreciate all the times she has kept me in check. At the same time, she will literally show you yoga moves to help with your anxiety in her office.
As I reflect back and continue to mull over the role therapy has had in my life, I realize that the biggest thing I gained from my sessions with Judy was the courage to see myself.
After two wonderful years of therapy with Judy, I have made a huge step towards my perfect job, being independent, and having awareness of myself and others around me.
Thank you for everything, Judy.
In the past, I have always felt like I was simply "venting" my struggles, but Judy has helped me get to the root of those struggles and address them head on. She makes me feel valued as a person, but more importantly, she has helped me see the value in myself. I have never felt more confident, at peace and proud of who I am. Judy always reminds me of how much work I have done and how much I have grown, but I have her to thank for showing me that I was capable of doing it.
It's easy enough to talk the talk, as many therapists do.
Judy truly walks the walk, drawing from her own real world experience outside of therapeutic trainings as well as her own practices. She's fully present and her senses are attuned to subtlety. She meets me where I am (it varies session to session) and understands when I need a push versus when I need to slow down--which is something I myself have a hard time discerning. I'd recommend Judy to anyone who is ready for deep healing, but especially to someone who has done a good deal of work already and feels stuck. She's the real deal.
I can be a tough critic and it’s difficult for me to settle for a sub par therapist because I find healing and mental health to be crucial. I feel truly blessed that I became connected with Judy as I look back over the year that I have worked with her and see how far I’ve come. Judy provided the safety and nurturance I needed in order to uncover old wounds and overcome repeated obstacles. She is gifted with the art of language and can speak to me about new ways of seeing.
We have used various gestalt experiments in sessions which create a particular type of movement that other therapies lack. Her background in other modalities, physicality in particular, has also shaped my perspective on how to mobilize my own internal resources as a means of support, curiosity, and care. What I treasure though, most of all, is the abundance of warmth I feel from her in every session. Judy is someone who was meant to do this kind of work and I’ve felt my own life shift because of this. I have already recommended Judy to several people I know and will continue to do so! She is sincerely a gem of a human being and I’m grateful I have her in my corner.
I am so fortunate to have met judy at a difficult crossroads in my life.
She approaches the healing process as a collaborative partnership. She listens so attentively to what I bring to our sessions and together we discover the issues behind those words. We work through deep trauma and everyday stresses, alike. She helps me locate my voice when I feel mute, and reclaim my power when I feel weak. Judy's skill set is dynamic and vast; her generosity of spirit so far exceeds what I ever expected. Knowing Judy, I never feel alone in facing a problem. She is truly gifted at this healing work!
A once lost child grieved for the denial of true connection
In her darkest moments she couldn't find a way out
Until a hand of guidance was place in her road
The marvelous touch filled her world with hope
And now as she Steps towards being brave
Confronting her darkest demons she feels secure
She can find a way to her true most authentic self
As she is no longer afraid of being alone
And now she can count with the enlightenment of her magical help.