Antonieta Contreras, Social Worker

Antonieta Contreras, LCSW-R, BCN, CCTT-II, EMDR-AC

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I believe in emotional health. I think that having emotions is as natural as your appetite and that having emotional difficulties is as human as experiencing hunger. Therefore, it is my conviction that processing our emotions in therapy is as necessary as any other visit to a doctor: either for a check-up, when there are initial symptoms, or once the problem has already manifested and is making our life somehow dysfunctional. I avoid labels or focusing on pathology; instead, I concentrate on helping my clients to overcome the doubts, difficulties or challenges that get in the way of a calm, stable and fulfilling life.

I'm a former banker and consultant, Gestalt trained psychotherapist who graduated as a social worker from NYU. After a few years working at agencies with highly traumatized people, I went on getting a specialization in Trauma Studies from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapies (ICP) and on Human Sexuality from The School of Medicine of NYU. I maintain a private practice in Chelsea where I combine the different modalities that are concerned with trauma, as well as the contemplative techniques that I learned in India and from the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. I formerly served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Our Home Base, a non-profit organization that targets foster care kids in transition to empower them and help them heal from the trauma of displacement. I'm a supervisor and faculty at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapies where I have also served as the Chair of the Curriculum Committee, Co-Chair of the Training Committee, and Co-Chair at the Projects and Programs.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Trauma & Ptsd

Therapy Types

  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Fees & Insurance

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Licenses & Certifications

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Social Worker
New York
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