Hope Ansanelli, MHC-I

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The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble.  They can never be solved but only outgrown. - Carl Gustav Jung.

Phone - +1-516-584-4030

“We are all in this together and there is no therapist and no person immune to the inherent tragedies of existence” (Irvin Yalom).  Each and every one of us has a story that we develop and carry throughout our lives.  Each and every one of us will experience hardships that can be part of living, i.e, life transitions, death of a loved one, loneliness, broken relationships, inequitable and/or abusive treatment, etc.,. And each of these experiences is interpreted by us and adds to the story of what our lives look like and how we believe it will unfold.  Therapy allows us to gain new perspectives of our life and situation that not only help us process our emotions and thoughts about the experience but allow us to fundamentally shift our attitude and beliefs towards historically stuck or automatic ways of thinking.

Specialties

Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Relationship Development/Issues, Communication, Self-Esteem, Familial Relations, Socialization, Stress Management, Coping Skills, and Emotional Regulation, Multiculturalism.

Finances

Private Pay Rate $100+

Aetna, In-Network

Northwell Direct, In-Network

Qualifications

MHC-I, Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany.

About Me

A strong therapeutic alliance is a transformative vehicle that can facilitate both healing and growth.  What I strive to do with my clients is create a warm and accepting environment that will hold them as they go through the process of change.  The process of self-awareness and growth can be challenging at times (that is how you know you are doing the work!) but you won’t be doing it alone.  Together we will approach the pain and the challenges in living that one faces throughout the lifespan.  Together we will learn the benefits of approaching life’s issues rather than retreating.  Together we will find new perspectives that will help us to see the big picture and find root causes. 

I take an integrative therapeutic approach that pulls from person-centered therapy, psychodynamic interpersonal therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, existential therapy, and humanistic therapy.  My main focus, however, is on creating a strong therapeutic relationship forged on genuineness between myself and the client.  

In this type of therapeutic environment, the client holds the power to create change in their lives while the therapist helps to guide and accompany the client through each part of the process.  I believe we all have the capacity to move forward, make changes, become empowered, and ultimately attain wellness.  Yoga, mindfulness, and spirituality are special interests of mine.

I am a graduate student of mental health counseling at the State University of New York at Old Westbury College.  My expected graduation date is Spring 2023. The overwhelming focus of the mental health counseling program at Old Westbury is a therapeutic pluralism where the client leads the process and the therapist takes a minimally directive and empathetic approach. Before beginning this Master’s program, I spent the better part of the last decade living in Peru, Costa Rica, and Panama working for non-profits both abroad and in New York that focuses on holistic wellness and peace. I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and hold a previous Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York at The College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University.  I am also a certified Yoga instructor and passionate practitioner. 
 

Client Focus

Individuals, Couples, Families, Young Adults, Adults​

Treatment Approach

Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Existential, Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, Psychodynamic, Somatic, LGBTQIA+ Allied.