Chaya Surie Malek, LCSW
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Chaya Surie Malek

Psychotherapy, LCSW

Chaya Surie Malek works with women who are navigating life transitions and relationships. She has experience working with adults who have grown up with adverse childhood experiences. She uses a relational framework, which integrates components of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Grief and Loss
Life Transitions
Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
Locations
Finances
Sliding Scale
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UnitedHealthcare
Oxford Health Plans
Oscar
UHC Student Resources
Out-of-pocket
Licensed in
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New York
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Provider
Profile
“I work through an attachment lens, focusing on how early life experiences can contribute to the way we relate to our current environments.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My first job after college was working as a case manager at a foster care agency. From that experience, I decided to pursue a master’s degree in social work. I continued working at the foster care agency while attending graduate school. After graduation, I took on more administrative roles within the child welfare system, working with foster and adoptive children. I continued to hone my skills, eventually transitioning to working at a mental health outpatient clinic.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work through an attachment lens, focusing on how early life experiences can contribute to the way we relate to our current environments. I believe that by learning to understand those connections and working through our automatic responses, we can move forward in changing patterns, dynamics, and relationships.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I participate in ongoing supervision, peer groups, and trainings. I have completed certification in trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and compassionate bereavement care (CBC). I also completed mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and have taken additional training in somatic therapy and grief therapy.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I consider myself to be compassionate, kind, and nonjudgmental. I bring these values into my work, creating a space where the individuals I work with can feel at ease. I also value humor and curiosity and I utilize a direct and caring approach.
“I believe that by learning to understand those connections and working through our automatic responses, we can move forward in changing patterns, dynamics, and relationships.”
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