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Olivia Strauss Psychotherapy, LMSW

Olivia Strauss provides individual psychotherapy to adults. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, life transitions, intimate and family relationships, self-esteem, identity, sexuality, and general stress and overwhelm. Her approach is relational, integrative, and humanistic while drawing deeply on psychodynamic and psychoanalytic practices.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • LGBTQIA+
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I believe in the power of therapy to clear a space for deeper self-curiosity and compassionate understanding.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist began in theater. I started out studying acting and creative storytelling, which gave me a chance to explore human stories, deepen my empathy, listen for the unsaid thought beneath dialogue, tune into body language, and feel the inherent connection between desires, emotions, and actions (all essential parts of the therapeutic process). My passion for acting waned as my interest in the human condition grew on a more psychoanalytic level. My clinical work is founded on the curiosity of making sense of emotions and fostering healing connections and supportive relationships. Prior to private practice, I worked in a variety of schools, residential treatment centers, and outpatient clinics. Community social work was formative to my growth as a therapist. Meeting people in the context of their environment grounded me in the importance of seeing a client as a whole person wherever they are in their journey.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe in the power of therapy to clear a space for deeper self-curiosity and compassionate understanding. I approach my role as therapist with empathy, acceptance, and active listening in the interest of supporting you as we map your internal landscapes together, discover old patterns, and explore core dynamics. My work centers around helping you to better move through the world as an integrated and authentic self. I provide the safety and emotional support needed for clients of all different orientations and cultural backgrounds to express feelings, experience acceptance, and feel truly heard and seen. My approach is relational, humanistic, and draws deeply on psychodynamic and psychoanalytic practices. My style is gentle, collaborative, and client-led. I honor your courage and vulnerability in seeking therapy, and so I offer a free phone consultation prior to scheduling a first session in order for us to assess our therapeutic fit.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I bring a high level of cultural humility, empathy, and social justice to my work. I maintain a radically empathetic and relational demeanor. I believe in the inherent dignity and worth of people and I am an affirming and inclusive therapist. I have a passion for working with those who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community. I enjoy thinking about the mind-body connection and finding ways to stay open to the present moment through grounding and breathwork. I also really value creativity and am a lover of art, poetry, writing, reading, and nature. I like to think that this creative perspective shows up in my therapeutic work as well. I also value continued learning and growing. I began postgraduate psychoanalytic training at the National Institute for Psychotherapies as a way to deepen my work.
If there was one thing you wish people hesitant to try therapy knew, what would that be?
Therapy can be a time to quiet down external chatter long enough for you to hear your own internal wisdom. The therapy experience asks us to leave the to-do list at the door and spend time connecting with ourselves without judgment. I think deciding to commit to therapy can be a real act of self-care. I have watched empowerment and healing grow when clients show up for themselves in this real way and engage with me in the therapeutic process.
“I approach my role as therapist with empathy, acceptance, and active listening in the interest of supporting you as we map your internal landscapes together, discover old patterns, and explore core dynamics.”
Interested in speaking with Olivia?