Hi, I'm Lea
I am a Masters in Social Work candidate at Columbia University, on the Advanced Clinical Practice Track to graduate May 2023 and I earned my undergraduate degree at NYU in the honors society for Psychology. As a native New Yorker, I know the ability to provide every individual with a unique therapeutic experience is fundamental. This is why I continue to remain engaged in my community, trainings, current research, as well as individual and group supervision.
A few words about me
As a therapist, I am passionate about de-stigmatizing therapy by fostering a warm, fun, modern, creative, accepting, judgement-free environment for all that encourages clients to lead their best lives filled with love. In the material world we live in, love is the most valuable thing, and it brings me joy to help others feel it— both for themselves, and romantically for others. It is my joy to help build healthy connections both internally and between individuals in all kinds of amorous relationships that help this invaluable feeling last. My unique background naturally lets people feel like the VIPS they are and
connect individuals through a fun, playful, warm (sometimes hot) environment. Therapy with me isn’t cold, draining, and serious. Expect some laughter in going through the emotions, it’s therapeutic!
I practice from a creative and modern approach with the awareness that every individual and couple is different, and that connecting to one’s emotions and others should be fun. I am drawn to pre-marital and couples therapy.
Some frameworks I draw from are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Dialectical behavior
therapy (DBT), Narrative therapy, Collaborative therapy, conflict resolution therapy, and Emotion-Focused (EFT). I enjoy engaging in mindfulness and creating a playful yet
soothing environment. My experience is diverse both within and outside of the industry, which enhances my perspectives having worked with various populations.
Why I became a psychotherapist?
I always knew I wanted to be a therapist. It started when I was little and studied acting as a child and learned method acting, the art of empathy and what it means emotionally putting yourself in the shoes of others to relate through one’s own experiences. I also grew up in a divorced family, which shaped my early emotional intelligence and values. As an undergrad I had a moment where I thought “I’m too extroverted to be a therapist… therapists are supposed to be blank slates, or the quiet types, perhaps it isn’t for me.” I took a year to pursue my other more socially driven passion of bringing people together by creating an event company geared towards social impact and charity work; various events for The New York Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC); and another production in The Hamptons featured in Vogue for The Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood. However, my thirst for making a difference was not fully satiated within the events space.
With the rise of more modern psychotherapists on social media such as Chamin Ajjan, I had a new wave of thought. “The world needs more diversity within industries, including personality types and backgrounds. Especially in therapy, where everyone is so unique, perhaps I’m the fit that’s needed for some waiting out there…After all, life is an event, and everyone deserves to feel celebrated.” In a world of material things, it is clear to me that love is most valuable. If I can help one person love themselves more, or if I can help one relationship resolve matters, I am fulfilled.
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Chamin Ajjan Psychotherapy is proud to be the Brooklyn, NY regional clinic with The National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC). NSAC was established with the intent of making the highest quality, evidence-based psychotherapy services to treat social anxiety available to those in need. We aim to do this through research, collaboration, dissemination to clinicians and educating the public. Visit NSAC here for more information.