Vanessa Kensing, LMSW, CASAC
Hi! I'm Vanessa. I am a therapist, social worker, and substance abuse counselor. I work with people who struggle to live their best life because anxiety, perfectionism, and low self esteem are getting in the way! My goal is to help people achieve balance in their lives, build self love, and develop skills, tools, and relationships that help them heal.
I believe that to manage perfectionism and low self esteem/self worth we have to find space to love ourselves. And that means listening to that inner voice — the one that is your meanest and harshest critic — and finding space for a new voice that has compassion and empathy. I help people identify their inner critic and develop a new nurturing voice! In doing so, the need for perfection lifts and you find yourself in a more grounded place with regard to your worthiness.
Anxiety, perfectionism, and low self esteem impact relationships in significant ways. I help people recognize patterns associated with these issues that either push other people away or foster codependency. I enjoy supporting people in exploring their relationships with family members, romantic partners, friends, coworkers, and others in order to find ways they can change cognitively and behaviorally for more healthy and satisfying relationships.
I am passionate about exploring the different facets of addiction with people. Which means, you may be unsure if you have an addiction, you may be currently maintaining your sobriety and need support, or you may come from a family of addiction. Having over seven years of experience working in the addiction field I'm comfortable exploring all of these issues and how they relate to your mental health, your relationship with yourself, and your relationships with others.
How I Help
I am a collaborative therapist. I work to help people feel seen and heard so they feel a little less alone in their struggle. I use empathy to help people find their own resources for healing and build faith that relief is possible. I focus on the relational aspect of therapy while simultaneously offering skills and tools for coping. I draw from many theoretical backgrounds but especially love mindful and somatic-based practices that link the mind and the body.
More About Me
I am a California native who has now been in New York for 10 years! I love dancing, reading, podcasts, and television that spawn great conversation. I love eating and have in the past few years taught myself how to cook — so I love eating out as much as I love eating in now. I value my own self-care and have so much gratitude for my own therapist, yoga and dance teachers, friends, and husband, who lift me up.