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Education

NYU
Smith College
George Washington University

Training & Certifications

  • Gestalt Institute

  • Grief and Bereavement with Youth and Adolescents

  • 200 Hour Ashtanga RYT

 

Tess Riabokin

Social Work Intern

Midtown

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably" ―Rumi

Specialties

  • Failure to Launch

  • Mindfulness

  • Transitions

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Grief and Loss

  • Relationships


What I do

I work with individual adults on relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral addictions, and work issues. Ultimately my hope is that through your therapeutic work, you feel more alive, embodied, connected, resilient, and self-accepting. 

I will strive to create a positive working relationship with you where we can work to connect you to your unique strengths and qualities. Together we can co-create a space in which you can explore and gain insight into your life allowing for difficult experiences and unhelpful patterns to emerge while experimenting with new ways of thinking, feeling, and relating. This work can be challenging and takes courage, it can feel risky to speak the truth, to embrace disowned feelings, even just to receive support, so I am glad that you are here. 

Our work together is guided by my experience and training and we will work to tailor a therapeutic experience that is unique to you and will be overseen by a licensed and certified therapist with whom I work closely at the practice.  I incorporate psychodynamic, relational, and experiential modes of therapy. From my work in wilderness, I bring in a mindfulness-based, developmental, trauma-informed, body-centered approach to help you examine your default strategies for living, responding, and coping. 

Therapy should be challenging, but it should also be responsive and deeply fulfilling. From my background Gestalt therapy, school-based counseling, and mindfulness training, I employ a collaborative and creative approach in a compassionate yet direct manner. We will examine new ways of experiencing life and blockages to achieving these goals. 

More About Me

I am in my final year of practicum in graduate school. I am passionate about this work and have been working in the field for 8 years. I have worked with diverse groups of individual children, teens, adults, and families providing counseling, case management, and resource coordination in a variety of settings from community mental health agencies, charter schools, transitional living homes, tele-mental peer support, and wilderness therapy.  

With 13 years working in the wilderness, I am well versed in working with individuals who have worked for or participated in these programs and/or resonate with the outdoor/natural world. I have taught yoga and meditation/mindfulness practices for over 9 years and incorporate these practices into my work as well.