Malka Shaw, LCSW
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Malka Shaw

Psychotherapy, LCSW

Malka Shaw has a keen ability to promote emotional growth, allowing clients to maximize their potential, better understand how their past affects the present, cope with disappointment, and increase satisfaction in their relationships. She has 20 years of experience and takes a warm, down-to-earth approach to therapy.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Women's Issues
Relationship Issues
Finances
Sliding Scale
A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
UnitedHealthcare
Oxford Health Plans
Oscar
Out-of-pocket
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“You may find yourself wondering if therapy is worth the time and money; I'd encourage you to view it as an investment in yourself, in all aspects of your life, and in your future.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Ever since I can remember, I was the person my friends would go to when they needed someone to talk to. I was thought of as being nonjudgmental, caring, and available to help. I enrolled in social work school and soon realized that becoming a clinical social worker and psychotherapist was a natural fit for me. I recognized that this path was destined for me. The ability to use my empathy, natural inclination to help, and intuition, combined with my professional training, have proven to be immensely rewarding and result in client growth and development.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach is interactive — I integrate a variety of clinical orientations and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach. I work as a guide to help my clients improve their communication skills, cope with stress, and deal with anger and sadness. I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths so they may conquer challenges and attain personal growth. I believe psychotherapy is a collaborative journey that allows you to explore your past and current relationships and experiences. It is a place to truly express feelings in order to reach a better understanding of yourself and others, leading to greater satisfaction in all aspects of life: interpersonal relationships, work, love, family, and play.
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How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
In the same way that I build relationships with my clients, I do the same with other practitioners. I lean on my network to provide tailored and specific support to my clients in the areas of fertility, nutrition, and medication.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Asking for help is hard. Many people view it as a weakness, but the ability to be humble and recognize that you cannot do it alone is a strength. Challenging yourself to not give up is a gift. You may find yourself wondering if therapy is worth the time and money; I'd encourage you to view it as an investment in yourself, in all aspects of your life, and in your future. Therapy is a process. Change takes time, but when you develop a partnership with your therapist, growth is possible. Psychotherapy provides the unique opportunity to explore, gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships, and learn practical skills in order to maximize your potential for wellness.
How did you come to specialize in women’s issues?
As a working professional, wife, and mother, I'm especially attuned to the unique needs of women and mothers in society. I'm especially dedicated to empowering women who struggle with balance and fulfillment in their many roles. I draw from personal and learned experiences to offer practical and empathetic support. I help women navigate postpartum depression, motherhood, dating, being single, as well as anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, and life transitions. I often work with couples to help spouses grow more supportive and understanding of fertility challenges, pregnancy loss, and parenthood adjustments.
“I'm especially dedicated to empowering women who struggle with balance and fulfillment in their many roles.”
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