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Paola Volquez Psychotherapy, LCSW

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Paola Volquez is a client-centered, licensed clinical social worker and a 200-hour yoga alliance-certified instructor. She creates an authentic, warm, and safe environment where you can give yourself permission to be vulnerable and show up as you are.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I know that it can be challenging to nourish your self-esteem and experience positive emotions when you feel consumed by excessive worry and the recurrent distress of traumatic events, but you don't have to do this alone.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been practicing social work for approximately eight years and have worked in a variety of settings (e.g. hospitals, schools, and clinics). I was drawn to this field of practice because its framework takes into consideration social justice as well as micro and macro factors that influence an individual’s life trajectory. The conditions we experience and endure as human beings aren’t meant to be dealt with in isolation. For me, it’s an honor to support people through their life transitions. I have successfully supported both individuals and groups to modify patterns of behavior that are no longer serving them, cope with the aftermath of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, and navigate discrimination and marginalization. I know that it can be challenging to nourish your self-esteem and experience positive emotions when you feel consumed by excessive worry and the recurrent distress of traumatic events, but you don't have to do this alone.
What should someone know about working with you?
During the intake process, you can expect me to invite you to share information about the experiences that are prompting you to engage in therapy. We’ll take a dive into family dynamics and ways in which social-cultural norms and systems of oppression influence your life experiences. This exploration of your past and present experiences is conducted with your consent and a degree of comfortability in mind. This helps me better understand you and help you explore what you are hoping to get out of therapy in terms of your self-development. I will also focus on highlighting your strengths and resources. My aim is to implement a holistic therapeutic approach and integrate varying therapeutic modalities to tailor interventions that are in alignment with the needs of each individual I serve.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Culture sensitivity is about holding space for clients to both share and teach me about their cultures, life experiences, and norms without assuming I’m an expert. As an Afro-Latina therapist, I am attuned to the ways in which social-cultural norms and systems of oppression influence our life experiences. In my clinical practice and personal life, I have been a witness to the ways systems of oppression can insidiously affect our sense of belonging and self-worth. I support my clients in navigating marginalization and together, we examine the role(s) of cultural norms and traditions within their family of origin.
“In my clinical practice and personal life, I have been a witness to the ways systems of oppression can insidiously affect our sense of belonging and self-worth.”