We are excited to welcome Shaudi Adel, LMSW to the team! Learn more about Shaudi below.
What initially inspired you to pursue a career as a therapist?
When I was in middle school, I had a goal to reach out to all the 7th and 8th graders with hand-written notes to get to know my peers better, offering the opportunity to chat about any issues. To my surprise, so many students reached out to me – whether it was about boy troubles, issues at home, self-harm behaviors, or eating disorders. I felt that through this experience of providing empathy to others and being supportive, I had recognized my future career path – and I have never looked back since!
As a therapist, what are you most passionate about?
At the top of my list, I would have to put helping clients achieve a healthy balance in life, take action (small or large), identify their true life purpose, understand and live out their core values, and achieve their goals.
What are your specialties and what drew you to them?
My specialties are addiction and eating disorders. Growing up, I saw how drug and alcohol addiction impacted multiple family members, which made me wonder why some people struggle with addiction and others do not. With my professional work in the field of addiction, I began to see the co-morbidities of other mental health conditions that impacted the quality of life for my clients, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and eating disorders. I found the interplay of addiction and other mental health disorders intriguing and stumbled upon it as my specialty by the nature of the work I was doing with clients. Also, I have previously struggled with an eating disorder and so I find it truly rewarding to help clients with eating issues work towards recovery and a life free from dysfunctional eating.
What makes you unique as a therapist?
As a standard procedure when I first meet clients, I take inventory of client’s strengths and unique abilities that can be applied to the therapeutic process. I also believe that at an intuitive level, all clients have the answers and have somehow lost sight of that connection to their intuition. I work hard and at the pace set by clients to help them better reconnect with themselves and discover a life full of meaning and worth.
How would you describe your therapeutic approach?
I tend to be very focused on recent history to the here-and-now. I use a direct approach when needed, and I have been told I am a warm, welcoming therapist. I use humor and see the therapeutic relationship as a “real relationship between equals.”
Everyone needs self-care. How do you practice self-care?
I am a big fan of using the 5 senses to self-soothe, so burning a rose candle, sipping a hot tea, cooking one-mindfully after a busy day, and spending time with my half-Persian, half-Munchkin cat Lulu usually does the trick. I also lead a physically active lifestyle, including weight training, yoga, volleyball, and taking mindful walks around Central Park.
What is your favorite...
Quote: “You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” –Brené Brown
Book: The Bible
Movie: Tie between Wall-E and Grease.
What is one thing that is important for anyone to know?
All emotions, whether positive or negative, are temporary in nature. Sometimes, we get so caught up with an emotion we are experiencing, and cling to it with such intensity that our whole perspective is distorted through the lens of that fleeting emotion. In these moments, it is helpful to take a mindful stance of detachment and remind ourselves that no emotion lasts forever and we can learn to manage our emotions effectively and with acceptance.