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Erica Lubetkin

Psychotherapy, LMHC
Erica Lubetkin is a psychotherapist working with individuals with anxiety, depression, and addiction, as well as their families. Erica works with clients to learn coping skills and gain deeper meaning and purpose. She received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the City College of New York and has additional training in behavioral therapies including CRAFT.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Relationship Issues
Substance Use/Abuse
Locations
Midtown East
Alma Office
Finances
$ $ $ $ $
$80-140
Sliding Scale
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“Goal setting is an ongoing part of my work with clients and is a collaborative process. I tend to take a holistic approach with clients, addressing the interconnectedness of one’s body and mind.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
My father, a psychologist specializing in CBT encouraged talking through any issues and helped to grow my emotional vocabulary. I recognize that this is a unique experience, and it’s an experience I hope to help create with my clients. Working in outpatient rehabs is where my passion for helping individuals struggling with substance use really began. It became clear that the substances were a way to self-medicate anxiety, stress, mood disorders, relationship problems, and other emotional and behavioral problems. While working at rehabs, I realized the friends and family of those struggling with substance use were often afterthoughts in the process. Family support was a key aspect that was missing, so I became trained in Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) to help these loved ones play a role in recovery. Helping individuals learn, heal, and grow is a deeply fulfilling experience for both myself, and the client.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
In the first session it’s important to get an understanding of what the client is looking for in therapy, and whether they have been in therapy in the past. I see myself as multi- theoretical, grounded in evidence-based practice and work to understand which modality is in the best interest of the client. I take a holistic approach, addressing the interconnectedness of one’s body and mind. Goal setting is an ongoing part of my work with clients and is a collaborative process. I’m happy to help the client find a psychiatrist if they want to explore medication, and support medicated assisted treatment, with collaboration between the prescriber and me. It’s important to create a safe space in the first session to set the tone for future sessions, and my sense of humor helps my clients feel comfortable and at ease.
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What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
I believe the stigma still exists and gets in the way of people reaching out for help. Many individuals are brought up in environments where they are conditioned to repress their feelings, not share their experiences, and not ask for help. The stigma associated with substance use disorders is rooted in unnecessary shame and the shifting levels of motivation to change holds people back from seeking care. Traditional addiction treatment is based on an abstinence-based model, and if someone is ambivalent to that, and has a desire to explore using patterns, it’s difficult for them to know where to start. All of this is why it’s so important for me to foster a therapeutic relationship where the client feels free to be honest and open with their experience, share what’s working and what isn’t working, and ultimately become autonomous.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
The therapy experience is unlike any other, free of judgment, bias, or outside influences. It is an opportunity for the clients to focus only on themselves and become more self- aware. Clients have the intrinsic ability to heal and grow, but sometimes needs someone to help them become their best selves (and it’s okay and extremely admirable to ask for help)! As a therapist I help facilitate the process of change and help the client stay focused on what they want to work on in the present moment. We will collaborate to create this change through insight and effective coping skills to improve quality of life and wellbeing.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?
The budding emphasis on the idea of wellness is creating a dialogue about mental health in society that has never been present before. People from varying backgrounds are openly talking about their mental health, what has worked for them, how they engage in self-care, and even share struggles in their journey. This excites me because the idea of treating emotional problems has become so much more than the image of an analyst sitting behind a patient who is lying down on a couch. We are bringing more modalities into the therapeutic process than ever before, which allows us to address the individual holistically and work with multicultural issues effectively. The passion to destigmatize mental health is something I think most professionals in the field share, and to see it happening, slowly but surely, makes it an exciting time in the mental health world!
“The stigma associated with substance use disorders is rooted in unnecessary shame and the shifting levels of motivation to change holds people back from seeking care.”
Erica practices at Alma
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