5 Questions For Local Psychotherapist Shira Burstein

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Shira Burstein
Neighbor Shira Burstein has found a lot to be inspired about in Park Slope, and now she has a chance to give back to the community with her new psychotherapy practice, which she just launched this month at 36 Plaza Street.

“I most look forward to developing professional roots, becoming more involved in, and helping people in the community I feel linked to,” she tells us.

To celebrate the opening of her new office, we asked Shira a few questions about her practice, and what services she is offering the neighborhood.

PSS: Tell us a little about your background.

Shira Burstein: I am a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a trained psychotherapist. I earned my bachelor’s degree at Clark University where I studied psychology. During the summers I would intern at Westchester Medical’s Adult Inpatient Treatment Center. I was always fascinated by human nature and continued on in my studies. I pursued a masters degree in social work from Columbia University. I focused my studies on advanced clinical practice with adults, children, and families. Currently, I work in a non-profit outpatient mental health clinic in addition to my private practice. I have been in the field for a few years, working with a wide range of issues and a span of clientele including, children, teens, families, adults couples, and seniors.

What services do you offer in your local office?

I offer individual, family, and couples psychotherapy sessions. My services draw upon various therapeutic techniques based on individual needs. Some of the techniques I use include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strengths Perspective, Motivational Interviewing, and a psychodynamic approach.

What’s one of the most frequently asked questions you get from people who are looking into your services for the first time, and how do you answer?

Most of the time, clients want to know about my treatment ‘style.’ Anyone that works with me can expect our interactions to be collaborative and interactive. I strongly believe in providing feedback and having a conversational dynamic that is a two-way street.

Why did you decide to open a practice in our area?

I decided to open a practice in Park Slope because it is a neighborhood that represents an ideal sense of community and connectedness. There is such an eclectic group of people from so many different walks of life. I want to use my clinical skills to help improve the dynamics of people in this community by providing support and guidance in their pursuit for more successful and fulfilling lives.

What are some of your favorite things about living in Park Slope?

I’ve lived in Park Slope for almost five years. There are endless adventures to be found in the neighborhood. Some of the things I love include running in Prospect Park, admiring the beautiful architecture (especially the brownstones during spring and summer when all the greenery is in bloom). Thrifting at Beacon’s Closet and Pony is also one of my favorite things about Park Slope.

You can learn more about Shira and and her practice, where she also offers convenient sessions via Skype, at her website.

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