Allie Lewin, LMSW
Hi! Thanks for checking out my page. I am therapist at Cobb Psychotherapy working primarily with millennial women and men seeking to increase fulfillment in their lives through learning the tools to cope with anxiety, depression, and disordered eating, as well as build self-confidence and navigate challenging life transitions and interpersonal relationships.
How I Help
When working with clients I tend to gravitate towards mostly cognitive and behavioral interventions. This means if we work together you will learn to identify unhelpful thoughts that run through your head and create obstacles in your life. We will make connections between how these thoughts affect your mood and behaviors, and collaboratively work on changing your relationship to these thoughts so you feel less anxious, more optimistic, and more in control of your life. I am an action-oriented therapist, so if you like the idea of finding tangible ways to increase satisfaction in your life and being held accountable to your goals, we would be a great fit. I also have training in psychodynamic therapy, attachment theory, and dialectical behavioral therapy, so these modalities influence my work with clients as well to better address each individual’s unique set of challenges.
Collaboration and Goal Setting
Within the first few sessions, we will spend some time setting specific goals for treatment. Goal setting is important as it lays the groundwork for where therapy will take us. I believe at times the therapeutic relationship can be compared to that of two passengers in a car on a road trip. As the client, you are in the driver’s seat and have the ultimate say on where we will be going. As your therapist, I’ll be holding up the map and guiding you, but you are the one steering the wheel and in charge of hitting the accelerator or the break. While you may not know exactly what you hope to change upon entering into therapy, my hope is to support you in this process so we both feel we are moving in a direction that feels comfortable and positive.
I believe balance is key to both success and happiness. Living in New York City, it’s especially easy to get caught up in the go-go-go mentality and find yourself being pulled in a million directions, feeling drained, and believing you are falling short. Whether it’s finding a middle ground between work and play, socializing and having “me time,” or eating what you “should” and indulging, I believe finding ways to live a life of balance and moderation tends to create the most fulfilling and sustainable experiences. On our journey together, one of my goals is to help you figure out what balance means for you at this point so you can feel more grounded and engaged in your life.
Health Coaching/Changing Relationships to Food
Amidst the ever-present dieting culture of our society and the high achieving, high-pressure mindset of places like New York, many of us struggle with our relationship to food and body image. We look for ways to feel more in control and decrease our insecurities and anxieties, and without appropriate coping mechanisms, emotional or disordered eating can become a pattern of behavior that allows us to feel better in the short term while unfortunately causing much distress along the way. Whether bouncing around from different fad diets, observing and obsessing about calories, or cutting out certain food groups, these behaviors and the associations with the food involved can begin to wreak havoc on our lives as they impede self-esteem, increase social isolation, and ultimately increase obsessive thoughts/preoccupation with food and body image. I’m here to help you identify the function your emotional/disordered eating serves in your life and how you can find tools to improve these areas of your life without using your relationship with food to provide a false sense of security. My hope is to guide you in your process of changing your relationship with food to feel more free and empowered to make choices that reflect a flexible mindset and healthy relationship with yourself and the world around you.
More About Me
I’m originally from Washington D.C and went to college in California. Before starting graduate school for social work at NYU, I completed certification in holistic health coaching from the Institute for Integrated Nutrition. While I often feel I have a love/hate relationship with New York City, two things I can always count on to make me happy are exploring new neighborhoods and taking part in all the amazing culinary opportunities the city has to offer. Trying new restaurants is my favorite activity, but trying new recipes while cooking at home is something I have more recently begun to greatly appreciate and enjoy. I grew up as an avid soccer player and throughout my six years living in the city have gotten super into yoga, spinning, and strength training. I also love to hike and ski, and am even part of a ski club. I balance being active with spending time with friends and family, including my adorable nieces and nephew, and plenty of time relaxing on the couch watching TV. Whether it’s drama, comedy, or reality TV, I’m always a sucker for a good love story!