Asha De Costa, LMHC
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Asha De Costa

Psychotherapy, LMHC

Asha De Costa is a Sri Lankan-Japanese therapist specializing in treating adults with anxiety, depression, race-related stress, and trauma. She uses a combination of strengths-based therapy, CBT, and DBT to help clients feel empowered and reach their goals. A graduate of Columbia University’s multicultural counseling program, Asha strives to provide empathic and tailored counseling.
Specialties
Anxiety and Panic Disorders
Depression
Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
Race and Ethnicity
Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Locations
Finances
$ $ $ $ $
$140-200
Sliding Scale
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UnitedHealthcare
Oxford Health Plans
Oscar
UHC Student Resources
Out-of-pocket
Licensed in
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New York
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“I am here to support clients who are marginalized or experiencing difficulties in their life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a woman with intersectional identities who grew up in a global environment, I faced many challenges trying to find a place of belonging. My life experience as an immigrant and person of color taught me that having a safe space and trusting support is key to a fulfilling life. I decided to pursue my therapist education to support those who shared my identity and life experiences. I am here to support clients who are marginalized or experiencing difficulties in their life, and who never found a safe space to heal. For many, therapy can be an intimidating process. Using my life experience, education, and creativity, I strive to cultivate individual support and provide the best treatment for each client to facilitate their pursuit of continued growth.
What should someone know about working with you?
I take a collaborative approach in my sessions to facilitate positive change. Clients will fill out a short questionnaire prior to the session. Then I will have a dialogue with them to learn about their goals and aspirations. Based on that, I will work with them to discover their strengths and teach them skills needed to overcome challenges, thus becoming resilient.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I engage in training to polish my skills and expand my knowledge of the mental health field. It is also very important for me to continue being culturally competent. Therefore, I actively engage in diversity initiatives with my peers so that I can best create safe spaces for my clients.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Growing up in an international environment with a family of educators, I am inspired to provide culturally competent support to my clients. I believe in using techniques rooted in psychology so that clients are getting the proper care. At the same time, I stay flexible in my approach according to each client's needs.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am particularly excited about the growth of telehealth because it has made it easy for clients to access care. Telehealth also challenges me to learn new skills and expand my knowledge as a therapist.
“I strive to cultivate individual support and provide the best treatment for each client to facilitate their pursuit of continued growth.”
Interested in speaking with Asha?