ABOUT ME

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How I Work


About Me


Hello!

Welcome to Victoria Shin, LMHC.

I work with different clients in reaching their therapeutic goals through different types of modalities. This means that I utilize an integrative treatment approach that is individualized and tailored for each client to meet where the client is at in the following areas: Client’s mental health status, client’s current complaints, client’s goals and motivations.

We will work together to identify and gain insight about what it is that is causing the distress and begin to challenge, change and heal from them.

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Experience

I graduated from Hunter College with a Master of Science in Education in Mental Health Counseling focusing my studies around trauma informed care. I have prior experience working with clients with trauma history, PTSD, psychiatric disabilities and substance use disorder, where I provided individual and group counseling at various settings (vocational center, substance use outpatient clinic, residential housing program and an intensive transitional housing program) to seniors, adults, and adolescents. I have also worked as a crisis counselor and as a clinical psychotherapist providing individual psychotherapy, family therapy and play therapy to families, adolescents and children with trauma, anxiety, and depression. I specialize in trauma treatment and am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional where I received trauma treatment training.

My Approach to Therapy

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Psychodynamic therapy involves working on making your unconscious thoughts conscious and gaining insight into how your childhood may have an impact or involvement on your presenting concerns. Gaining insight to the underlying causes can help better understand ourselves and our work in developing specific coping skills.

Somatic and Mindfulness Based Therapy
Mindfulness-based therapy is focused on being “mindful” or aware of the present moment focusing on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Somatic therapy is used particularly in trauma treatment as a way to reduce the stress level of the body by changing the response of the automatic nervous system. This means that our bodies can remember and react to past trauma, (even when our mind does not) making us feel “uncomfortable or anxious” with ourselves and body. Mindfulness-based therapy is focused on being “mindful” or aware of the present moment focusing on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Cognitive Processing Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on how your thoughts and feelings affect your behaviors emphasizing repeated behavioral patterns while developing coping strategies to combat these maladaptive patterns.
Cognitive processing therapy is grounded on the foundations of CBT methods but is focused on changing automatic thoughts we have about the trauma and why it happened rather than focusing on the details of the trauma event. It is an evidenced based therapy working to reduce symptoms of PTSD.

Motivational Interviewing
Motivational interviewing is a form of technique used to acknowledge and meet where the client is at in their stages of treatment. We all may be at a different stage in accepting, confronting, and changing certain part of our feelings, thoughts and behaviors that are deeply rooted from our past experiences. MI allows the normalcy of ambivalences (simultaneously having positive and negative feelings) and works to motivate in moving towards positive change at a speed that is comfortable for the client.

Advanced Training and Certification

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (NY) # 010269 
  • Board Certified Psychotherapist # 1201384
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
  • TRAINING: Integrative Trauma Treatment with EMDR, CBT and Somatic-Based Interventions
  • 2-Day Intensive Training: Cognitive Processing Therapy: An Evidence-Based Approach to Treat PTSD and Related Conditions
  • Completion of Ten Best-Ever Anxiety Treatment
  • Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect: Component-Based Psychotherapy