April Grigsby, LCSW
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April Grigsby

Psychotherapy, LCSW

April Grigsby focuses on the shared humanity between herself and her client. She helps clients distill cerebral insights into manageable plans so they can operationalize change. She specializes in treating high-achieving people of color, immigrants, and first-generation Americans navigating the hyphen. She also works with couples (hetero and LGBTQ+) in coping and transitions.
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$140-200
UnitedHealthcare
Oxford Health Plans
Oscar
UHC Student Resources
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New York
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“Progress is measured by your ability to name your challenges, your understanding of how and why they became significant stressors, and through the development of coping mechanisms that not only affect change but maintain that change as well.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I completed two degrees in privileged Ivy League settings in order to become a social worker and serve the disenfranchised. For over 15 years, I served a clientele as diverse as New York City. Initially, my services were limited to pragmatic needs and social justice considerations. However, I understood how to navigate both worlds, which gave me an incredible advantage in understanding the spectrum of my fellow human beings. I have additional training in DBT, CBT, and mindfulness-based practice so that I can customize interventions to match a client's needs. There are some clients who only need a safe space to talk and that's also valuable.
What should someone know about working with you?
Intake is like a game of Jeopardy: There are structured categories that we will cover in order for me to develop holistic insight into who you are as a person. Of course, there will be time to freely describe your intentions for therapy. Progress is measured by your ability to name your challenges, your understanding of how and why they became significant stressors, and through the development of coping mechanisms that not only affect change but maintain that change as well. Homework is only for those who learn best that way; if it starts to feel like a weekly exam you are underprepared for, we won't use it. Some people go to therapy instead of happy hour and that's okay too! I enjoy working with people who value their time.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
There is a growing commitment in the field to working with a truly diverse clientele and I find that exciting. We all bring our personal experiences to the clinical skill set but cannot rely on those alone. For example, I am privileged in my heterosexual, heteronormative life but I have been effective in serving LGBTQ+ clients because I had access to training and resources that helped me recognize and manage my privilege so that it was not a deterrent to the therapeutic process. This means I benefit from knowing a broad range of people and possessing honed clinical insights.
“Homework is only for those who learn best that way; if it starts to feel like a weekly exam you are underprepared for, we won't use it.”
Interested in speaking with April?