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Shanira Griffith Psychotherapy, LCSW

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Shanira Griffith specializes in women's issues, anxiety, depression, relationships, self-esteem, and life transitions. She offers a safe space for clients to change their narratives. She helps you foster emotional awareness and define needs and boundaries, allowing you to form healthy relationships with yourself and others through a holistic approach to help achieve your goals.

Shanira Griffith specializes in women's issues, anxiety, depression, relationships, self-esteem, and life transitions. She offers a safe space for clients to change their narratives. She helps you foster emotional awareness and define needs and boun…

Shanira Griffith specializes in women's issues, anxiety, depression, relationships, self-esteem, and life transitions. She offers a safe space for clients to change their narratives. She helps you foster emotional awareness and define needs and boundaries, allowing you to form healthy relationships with yourself and others through a holistic approach to help achieve your goals.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Race and Ethnicity
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

    including BlueCard Network access

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  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • AllSavers UHC
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Meritain
  • Nippon
  • United Healthcare Shared Services
  • Allied Benefit Systems - Aetna
  • Surest (Formerly Bind)
  • Health Plans Inc.
  • UnitedHealthcare Global
Pay with a program
  • Optum Live & Work Well (EAP)
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
  • Offers virtual sessions
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I chose to become a therapist because there are not enough places where others can come to breathe, to be, and to experience unconditional acceptance, all the while embracing positive reflection and creating alternative narratives and visions for themselves.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a first-generation Afro-Latina, I was continuously reminded of the lack of safe spaces available in my surroundings. In recognition of this, I realized early on that I had a knack for guiding people and providing support to those who similarly felt misunderstood and unseen, regardless of their demographic or denomination. I chose to become a therapist because there are not enough places where others can come to breathe, to be, and to experience unconditional acceptance, all the while embracing positive reflection and creating alternative narratives and visions for themselves. The process of therapy involves understanding the disruptive patterns one inherently adopts, which allows us to gain a better understanding of who we are as individuals, understand the choices we make, and ultimately heal the wounds these patterns have created.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our first two sessions serve as an opportunity for me to learn about the reason you are seeking therapy and discover if we can work together toward your goals. Our work together will consist of looking at the patterns of self-defeating behaviors and their inertia while examining the purpose and reason these behaviors have come to exist. I take an eclectic approach to therapy, but I normally draw from psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). We will work collaboratively to explore and solve these problems, increasing your self-confidence and creating a means of healing so that you can progress and proceed to live an emotionally and mentally stable life. The process of exploration and self-discovery is developed through meditation, journaling prompts, and any other process that aids your healing, all of which is covered during our time together.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I actively engage in postgraduate education and take continued education (CEU) annually to further my learning and ensure that I’m providing the most effective techniques to my clients.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
In being an Afro-Latina, cisgender female, I have experienced various forms of trauma and microaggressions that have impacted the way I interpret the world. My end goal is to develop an authentic relationship with each of my clients by understanding their culture, religion, race, and other facets that make them who they are. I believe every individual has the capacity to heal themselves with the appropriate expert guidance. By working together, I will help them identify their strengths and implement treatments to address their needs, not only with the techniques manifested through my scholastic endeavors but through my own personal experiences and the lessons life has taught me along the way.
“I take an eclectic approach to therapy, but I normally draw from psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).”