Amanda Polster, LMSW
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Amanda Polster

Psychotherapy, LMSW

Amanda Polster is a licensed psychotherapist with a specialty in working with clients managing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and abandonment. She received her Social Work degree from Columbia University and has advanced training in trauma informed practices, restorative practices, narrative therapy, ecological systems theory, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness practices. Amanda seeks to enhance her clients’ quality of life by identifying barriers, to accomplishing goals and improving clients’ overall confidence in their decisions.
General Mental Health
Relationship Issues
Trauma & PTSD
Sliding Scale
A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
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“My clinical techniques are grounded in cognitive behavioral approaches and mindfulness based stress reduction.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I have always had a strong interest in supporting others in enhancing their self confidence and quality of life. I have over five years of professional experience working with youth and young adults, in which I gained a grounded understanding of the impact trauma can have on an individual’s development. Through this path, I have learned the ways anxiety and symptoms of depression are very common, especially in New York City. As someone who experiences symptoms of anxiety in my daily life, I am intrigued to support others who experience similar stress. I help people identify healthy coping strategies to manage these emotions. I am also eager to support individuals who see overwhelm seep into their relationships which results in fear of rejection and fear of abandonment. I aid in how to counter these emotions with affirmations and self compassion.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
My therapeutic style is based on forming a strong alliance with my clients and providing a safe and supportive space to express past hurts and explore future possibilities. During my first session, I have clients complete an initial assessment to understand their current challenges in the context of their overall life experience and history. My clinical techniques are grounded in cognitive behavioral approaches and mindfulness based stress reduction. I believe in the relationship between our minds and bodies and the power of healing through mindful movement and practices.
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How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
I value the use of collaborating with other service providers to support clients’ treatment plans and goals. I strive to provide a unique service and ensure that I am not duplicating services in a client’s life. I aspire to also understand the perspectives of other service providers, to ensure that clients are receiving consistent quality care.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
Therapy is universality utilized and an opportunity to gain greater self awareness for the purpose of personal growth. Therapy is often stigmatized as a space for “people with problems” or for “people who need help.” These stigmas can make starting therapy feel daunting. I always affirm my clients by expressing that it takes courage, strength, and confidence to attend therapy; and an intentional interest in enhancing quality of life. People attending therapy are working on many different life goals, however they are all working towards improvement and increasing empowerment in their lives.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health field?
I am excited to see the mental health field shift into a more trauma informed perspective and work with the justice system to increase treatment options as alternatives to incarceration. I am a strong advocate of understanding people’s challenges and behavior in the context of the environments and experiences they have encountered, which includes current and past traumas. Seeing the mental health field also shift intentionally to responding to people’s harmful behaviors from an interest in healing versus punishment is empowering and compassionate.
“I affirm the universality of therapy and an opportunity to gain greater self awareness for the purpose of personal growth.”
Interested in speaking with Amanda?