Galina Raykin

Psychotherapy, LCSW-R
Galina Raykin, LCSW-R, provides psychotherapy and hypnotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults helping them with various psychological and emotional issues, life transitions, existential and identity struggles. She graduated from Adelphi University School of Social Work and completed her training at the New York Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis.
Specialties: General Mental Health, Relationship Issues, Personal Growth
Finances: Accepts Cigna, Sliding Scale
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Profile
“I approach every client as a whole person, with unique set of strengths and vulnerabilities, needs and life circumstances, that requires healing, deeper self-understanding, and stimulation for genuine personal growth.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
My clinical focus developed out of curiosity about human psychology. Why do we become who we become? Which events or experiences influence/force us to change the direction of our lives? Can it be reversed? How do we access necessary resources? Nothing comes close to the complexity and mystery of human functioning and the intricacies of the mind, body, and spirit than a deeper interaction with ourselves and the outside world. The journey of life is all about self-discovery, self-understanding, and self-acceptance. When we feel wholesome, our life is enriched and we relate to ourselves and others with more love and compassion.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I approach every client as a whole person, with unique set of strengths and vulnerabilities, needs and life circumstances, that requires healing, deeper self-understanding, and stimulation for genuine personal growth. I believe that everyone has great potential for improvement and self-actualization. In the beginning of our work together I listen to what the client has to say, making sure I understood them correctly, and then I share my initial impression, and when it resonates with the client’s experience we decide together on the goals and course of treatment. Development of mutual trust is very important. I want my clients to be active participants in their own healing journey. We explore their history, psychological and physical well-being, cultural background, and spiritual quests, habits, interest, and values, and whatever else they may want to explore. The length of treatment is adjusted to clients’ needs.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
I believe in teamwork and integrative care. If clients have issues that are being addressed by other providers such as primary physicians, psychiatrists, neurologists, gastroenterologists, nutritionists, to name a few, collaboration between them might be very crucial and effective to address those issues. Everything in our functioning is interrelated and interconnected, and being aware of this phenomenon helps us to feel more empowered and in control of our lives.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
Though the field of psychotherapy has been around for many decades and different types of effective treatment are still emerging, stigma about mental illness still lingers among the general population. People do not like to think that there is something “wrong” with them, they do not want others to think that they have “mental problems”. They may experience guilt and shame, which they do not want to expose, and may prefer to continue suffering in silence. It takes courage, honesty and dignity to make the first step on one’s journey of self-discovery and liberation, to choose one’s own path and to claim their right to happiness and self-fulfillment.
What is your main focus in working with people?
My main interest is working with adults struggling with various emotional and existential issues, unfulfilled spiritual and cultural longings. I want to help them get through difficult, traumatic and painful experiences, unravel symptoms of depression, anxiety, relational and attachment issues, achieve their life goals, and develop a deeper sense of self.
“It takes courage, honesty and dignity to make the first step on one’s journey of self-discovery and liberation, choosing their own path, claiming their right to happiness and self-fulfillment.”
Galina practices at Alma
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