Life is challenging and difficult to predict. We all have trauma in some form. It’s not surprising that to cope, you might have developed a disordered relationship with food, your body, alcohol, or drugs. I actually think of these symptoms as strategies for coping; we do the best we can to survive.
The anxiety and depression brought on by life’s difficulties can be overwhelming and seemingly impossible to manage. Stressors like adapting to college, difficult family dynamics, and navigating parenthood don’t help. I get it.
In my almost twenty years as a therapist, I’ve learned that finding the right provider is a must. Even the best therapy techniques aren’t effective without a solid therapeutic relationship. In our work together, we’ll rely on our relationship as a springboard for your healing.
I’ve learned that the more active I am in your process, the more engaged our work becomes. I’m not a “Mm-hmm,” nodding kind of therapist. I’m not afraid to share what I’m thinking and feeling. In fact, I think it’s important for you to do the same, both in our work and in your relationships outside the office. Authenticity isn’t just something to aspire to, it’s something I pride myself on, and what I hope you can gain for yourself. We are nothing if not real.
I’ve learned that being an empathic and supportive therapist isn’t enough, although I am certainly both. Often, you’ll need direct feedback, and someone to call you out—in a caring, non-judgmental way.
I’ve learned that, for me as a therapist, cookie-cutter counseling doesn’t work. During training, therapists are often encouraged to learn and practice a particular therapeutic philosophy or orientation. I always had trouble defining and limiting myself to one philosophy, instead taking a bit of each to develop a unique way of thinking about and working with my clients. Even that will vary depending on the person and the problem. Together, we will forge our own unique path to your healing.
I’ve learned that therapy is sometimes a place for humor; even the doldrums and crises of life can be eased with a healthy dose of humor. I’m not afraid to bring humor into our work. On the other hand, I’m not afraid to sit with you in fear or witness your tears. In fact, some of my clients have witnessed mine.
I’ve learned that some of the most remarkable gains in therapy sometimes come in group settings. There’s something about learning you’re not alone, about receiving feedback from peers—in addition to a therapist—and about practicing new ways of communicating emotions and relating to others that can exponentially increase the gains from our work together. Some of my most valuable personal and professional growth has come out of the group experience.
And, finally, I’ve learned that there’s always more to learn. Every time I think I’ve mastered something, I realize that there’s space for more growth and deeper knowledge. I read, research, attend educational events, and seek out the mentorship and guidance of more experienced professionals. This is my commitment to you and to our work together.
Stacey Rosenfeld, Ph.D., CGP, CEDS is a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and addictions, who also focuses on anxiety and mood disorders, fertility challenges, relationship concerns, and sport and exercise psychology. She was awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University, a Master of Arts in Exercise Science (Sports Psychology) from The University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornell University. Dr. Rosenfeld also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in College Counseling at Pace University. In addition to her schooling, Dr. Rosenfeld, a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, has specialized training in eating disorders, including Family-Based Treatment (FBT, also known as the Maudsley Approach), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (intensively trained in DBT through Behavioral Tech), and group psychotherapy (and holds the Certified Group Psychotherapist credential). She is interested in trauma (and trauma-informed care) and has training in Prolonged Exposure, Brainspotting, and NARM, the Neuro-Affective Relational Model, an approach to healing complex trauma. Prior to opening Gatewell Therapy Center, Dr. Rosenfeld worked at some of the finest institutions in the country, including Columbia University Medical Center and UCLA. Dr. Rosenfeld is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the New York State Psychological Association, the Florida Psychological Association, the Academy for Eating Disorders, and the Association for Size Diversity & Health. Her prior board positions include the Academy for Eating Disorders (Social Media Committee) and the Alliance for Eating Disorders (Treasurer).She also served as the Social Media Chair for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, Miami Chapter. For a more complete list of Dr. Rosenfeld’s affiliations and publications, please see her extended biography.