I work with individuals and partners who are struggling with their identities, missing opportunities to be their truest selves and finding it hard to share their gifts and strengths.
Stress and anxiety,
relationships and communication,
cross-cultural issues, career and life transitions,
trans and gender diverse individuals
I help you identify that the problem does not live inside you but in the disconnect many of us feel in today’s world.
I know that opening up to a counselor can be daunting, so I aim to create a warm, supportive and creative environment to help you be yourself from the moment you walk in the door. During the first few sessions, I take time to get to know you as a whole person, not just the concerns you walk in with. I let you get to know me as well, so we can begin to build a strong relationship from which you will be able to take risks and step outside of the many boxes you are forced into on a daily basis.
As a relational-cultural therapist, I will help you explore how oppressive structures such as racism, heterosexism, transphobia, and others are affecting your ability to express who you are and causing you to feel stress, anxiety and loneliness. I will encourage you to explore all aspects of your identity and use our therapy space to help you create a strong and empowered sense of self.
Communication is key, inside and outside the therapy office, so I work with individuals and couples to identify their communication and personality styles and help them best assert their needs to those around them. Past clients have found this helpful both in strengthening interpersonal relationships and in navigating their careers.
Shira’s past experience includes:
- Assistant Director for Career Services at Stevenson University where she provided career counseling, career coaching, and career assessment
- Career counselor at Oxford College and Emory University
- Therapist at John Jay College in New York City and Goucher College in Towson, MD
- Facilitator for the Trans Therapy Group, a process therapy group for transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals
- Participant in The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond’s Undoing Racism
B. A., Yale University
(African American Studies)
M.A., New York University
Heather Z. Lyons, PhD
Heather works with individuals and couples who because of fighting, miscommunication, failures of trust, or shyness and fear, miss out on the intimacy and support of healthy relationships. Her clients have said that because of her gentleness she can get away with the direct and sometimes difficult feedback she uses to help clients reach their goals.
M.S., LCPC, Licensed Counselor
Zak enjoys working with individuals and couples coming to him with relationship conflict, depression, anxiety, sexuality concerns, substance misuse, lack of motivation, and stalled creativity. His clients have described him as an attuned counselor who can’t be shocked – and he knows when to use humor to help get a point across.