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Chani (Connie) Gerstel Psychotherapy, LPC

Connie Gerstel offers a holistic approach to sync your mind and body. Drawing from IFS, somatic therapy, MI, and DBT, she creates a custom toolbox to help you meet your goals. You'll be in the driver’s seat and she will be sitting next to you, helping you navigate the maze of life, make sense of the past, thrive in the present, and create the future you want!

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Women’s Mental Health (Pregnancy, Infertility and Post-Partum)
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Out-of-pocket
Licensed in
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  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
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Provider
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“I have been trained in IFS and somatic intervention and my work is shaped by the idea that trauma can stay stuck in the body and these parts stay stuck in time; though we think we got over something, our bodies may not have.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As someone who has always loved getting to know people and trying to understand them, it was only natural that I was drawn to a helping profession. I have worked with adolescents, adults, and families. I believe all people are inherently good and I love being able to help others find that out about themselves and watching as they learn to know it! I have been trained in IFS and somatic intervention and my work is shaped by the idea that trauma can stay stuck in the body and these parts stay stuck in time; though we think we got over something, our bodies may not have. I believe all behaviors are purposeful and at one time were helpful. Often, our behaviors stay with us long after they are needed and they end up hurting us instead of helping. I work with my clients to explore other ways these parts can better accomplish what they are trying to do for us!
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe every client knows themself best and I am here to help guide you in finding your best self. If something I say doesn't feel right, tell me; I do not profess to be the expert. Feel free to disagree with me and we can talk about it. Life is a paradox and full of dialectics that I help you learn to embrace. Change happens slowly and quietly but usually you will feel relief within the first few sessions. My clients often come away from our sessions saying, "Wow, now I understand why I do XYZ. It makes so much sense! Why couldn't anyone have told me this earlier?" I enjoy working with clients who are looking to understand and gain insight into what is causing them to act or feel certain ways.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am constantly taking trainings and reading. In addition, I am in numerous supervision groups and I engage in individual supervision to gain expertise in the modalities I use.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I rely on the quote, "Don't judge another until you are in their place." I also learn the most from my clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about the idea of neuroplasticity ("neurons that wire together fire together") and how we can retrain the brain. I’m also excited about the focus on the mind-body connection and right brain-based therapies versus left brain intellectual models.
“I enjoy working with clients who are looking to understand and gain insight into what is causing them to act or feel certain ways.”
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