Juan Pena, LCSW PhD
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Juan Pena

Psychotherapy, LCSW, PhD

Juan Pena has been in the mental health field since 1997. He is a licensed clinical social worker with a PhD from the advanced clinical track at Columbia University. He works with individuals and psychoeducational groups, with the majority of his experience focused on the black and Latino populations. He strives to be a compassionate, active, and empowering partner.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Life Coaching
Relationship Issues
Finances
$ $ $ $ $
$80-140
UnitedHealthcare
Oxford Health Plans
Oscar
Out-of-pocket
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“We need skilled and compassionate guides to help us navigate the challenges of life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
We need skilled and compassionate guides to help us navigate the challenges of life; I have been developing these skills for nearly twenty-five years. I am the author of numerous scientific articles and I’ve worked in various roles in the mental health field. Previously, I served as chair of the Health and Mental Health Field of Practice at Hunter College School of Social Work. I am an active therapist, rolling up my sleeves and working to empower clients with the tools they need to improve mood, reduce anxiety, transform negative thought patterns, and turn towards life-affirming activities.
What should someone know about working with you?
All the skills and principles I use with my clients are skills and principles I implement in my own life. I am a meditation practitioner, runner, husband, and father. I do more than help my clients learn techniques to improve mood, reduce anxiety, and better their relationships; I support my client's on their journey to connect with their purpose and aspirations too! As your therapist, I partner with you, helping to create the blueprint towards a happier, healthier, and more meaningful life! During the intake process, I work with you to identify your goals and the challenges that stop those goals from becoming realities. We can then change areas of your life where you feel stuck by applying certain tools to your patterns, stressors, and obstacles.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
If you are hesitant to try therapy, sign up for a free initial consultation and see for yourself how it feels. There is no commitment or cost to you - it’s no risk and potentially high reward! During this consultation, we review your goals, discuss what is driving you to consider therapy, and address any concerns or questions you may have about the process. The consultation is a time where you can learn more about my approach and get a sense of what it is like to work with me. I strive to create a supportive and safe space for my clients, while also working to empower them with practical tools and skills they can apply to their lives.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Understanding our brain and our mind offers a pathway to alleviating our suffering and creating a joyful life. I have studied the latest research on these kinds of topics, including the science of habit formation, how to improve emotional intelligence, and how to use activities like mindfulness, meditation, and exercise to improve brain function. I help my clients apply the latest neuroscientific discoveries to their path towards a more meaningful existence. I encourage my clients to look at how they intentionally cultivate healthy habits, how they develop the capacity to let go of unhelpful thought patterns and grow present in the moment, and how they communicate with others to increase openness and reduce conflict. I love working with my clients to discover these answers and more!
What are psychoeducational groups?
I use psychoeducational groups to empower clients with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to live healthier, happier, and more meaningful lives. The format of these groups includes short presentations, interactive discussions, exercises, and reflection. The goal is for clients to learn the principles and skills they can use to let go of negative thoughts, regulate emotions, build self-confidence and self-esteem, and create healthy habits. Whether the group focuses on improving mood, reducing anxiety, mindfulness, communication, healing from racism, or healthy habits, this is a safe space, fertile for growth. Contact me to find out more about the psychoeducational groups that I am running.
“I am an active therapist, rolling up my sleeves and working to empower clients with the tools they need to improve mood, reduce anxiety, transform negative thought patterns, and turn towards life-affirming activities.”
Interested in speaking with Juan?