Intuitive Healing Therapists
Whether you’re the first session of the day or the last, you can expect your therapist to be fully present with you - we do not sit silently and routinely nod!
Growth is a complex process, so we are with you every step of the way.
We’re here to help you discover and appreciate the true you, underneath perfectionism, expectations of others, and relationship patterns that are keeping you stuck. All of our therapists share the spark for helping others find clarity in their lives, and we believe that honesty and compassion are as essential to the therapy process as our degrees and training.
Our clinical styles include modalities ranging from trauma-focused EMDR, Jungian sandplay therapy, cognitive-behavioral approaches, cultural intersectionality, mindfulness-based therapies, and more. Bottom line: you can expect dynamic and collaborative weekly psychotherapy from skilled and compassionate clinicians. Intuitive Healing is a space where exceptionally trained clinicians are also real New Yorkers, and where mental health is a passion in addition to our profession.
Please reach out to any of our therapists below to set up a free 15-minute phone consultation to assess the right fit and determine next steps.
Camille Lester, MHC, NCC, MS
Camille views therapy as beautiful invitation to open, hold, and center space for folks of color to radically, intentionally, and boldly reunite with and embody their light. Camille’s theoretical approach to therapy has been informed by the third wave/social constructivist movement and she practices primarily from a Black feminist-narrative framework. She deeply believes there is great power in the stories about our lives we hold as truth, and there is great liberation involved in taking back the pen, to re-story and re-author life's most difficult narratives. Trained in community and family clinics, Camille enjoys taking apart and examining the intricacies embedded within intersecting systems and relationships. In session, Camille utilizes innovative and creative methods such as mapping, photo archiving, and interactive timelines to trace and uncover the narratives and dominant discourses that get stuck and dwell within clients. Camille is dedicated to meeting clients where they are and enjoys walking alongside them at every moment, transition, beginning, or ending they may find themselves in. Her approach to therapy places identity at the center and not the margin. Camille strives to create a warm, empathic, authentic, open, and genuine therapeutic relationship with her clients; ensuring that they feel fully seen, respected, and heard. Camille enjoys working and walking alongside children, teens, individuals, new moms, families, and couples. Camille is a National Certified Counselor (NCC). A Midwest (Wisconsin) native, she received her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marquette University and is a current PhD student in Developmental Psychology at the City University of New York, Graduate Center, where she researches and writes about social cognition, identity, Black motherhood, and racial socialization.
Birch Cooper, MHC, MA
Believing that the relationship between client and therapist is key, Birch has an authentic therapeutic style that is nonjudgmental, supportive and empathetic. In addition, he provides a space that is safe and comfortable, creating the ideal conditions for personal growth. With an emphasis on collaboration, Birch has a passion for working with clients to alleviate distress, gain clarity and foster a life they find additionally meaningful. He believes strongly in connecting with clients in order to better understand their unique perspective, context and history. With a foundation in the client-centered and humanistic perspectives, Birch incorporates Motivational Interviewing, Socratic questioning as well as aspects of Cognitive Behavioral and Gestalt Therapy. Birch works collaboratively with clients to address challenges around anxiety, depression, identity, relationships, past trauma and life transitions. Birch received his Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience from CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies and his Master's in Mental Health Counseling from the City College of New York. When not at Intuitive Healing he can be found exploring Riverside Park, searching for additions to his art, photography and design library, or learning more about the great architecture our city has to offer. Birch co-authored a book about architect Philip Johnson's library at the Glass House and is currently working on a similar volume about artist Andy Warhol's library collection.
Dani Bryant, MHC, MS, Certified Drama Therapist
Dani is a therapist committed to collaborating with adults, teens, couples & artists to help them uncover (or rediscover) their most authentic selves. She is a proud Health at Every Size (HAES) provider who is passionate about working with individuals who have experienced confusion, anxiety or shame about their identity, bodies or relationships with food. Dani will collaborate with you to explore the old narratives which may keep you stuck in a cycle of guilt and anxiety. Dani believes that body respect, self-compassion and health can be found at every size. Dani's background in the arts has deeply informed her therapeutic work--which is often from a creative, strengths-based, humanistic approach. Dani also practices the power of play & humor within the therapeutic space! Though she believes everyone has the power to expand their own creativity, she will always shift the therapeutic work to meet the needs and comfort level of all clients. Additionally, Dani's arts background allows her to deeply understand the unique experience of how creative professionals work, manage stress and experience rejection and self-acceptance. Whether you're struggling with Body Image, Creative Blocks or Work/Life Balance, Dani will support you in fully showing up for yourself so that you can become your most authentic you.
Astrid Burke, MHC, MA
Astrid offers a warm, empathetic, genuine approach to all clients, providing a space free from judgment where real growth can happen. She uses an eclectic mix of theories and approaches with a person-centered and psychodynamic foundation, meaning that she’s interested in connecting deeply with her clients and understanding their life stories. She loves incorporating creative approaches such as mindfulness and art therapy techniques, always prioritizing the needs of the client. Astrid received her BA in psychology at Smith College and her MA in mental health counseling at Boston College. She is trained in sexual assault and domestic violence counseling and advocacy. Astrid brings a trauma-informed, feminist viewpoint, always considering how social, political, and cultural experiences influence a person’s mental health and well-being. She is passionate about working with individuals with diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, countries of origin, religions, abilities, body sizes, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Above all, Astrid will always encourage you to discover and express your true self.
Sienna Chu, MHC, MA, EdM
Whatever it is that brings you to therapy, Sienna stands by the commitment, “I’m here with you.” She believes that each of our stories are equally sacred as they are unique and sees therapy as the daring and vulnerable act of authentically showing up. Sienna works to create a collaborative and open relationship, where clients may find safety, comfort, and space to explore trauma’s of the past, roadblocks of the present, and new possibilities for the future. Although there may be very specific reasons for taking the leap into therapy, she believes curiosity alone can be reason enough to initiate the process towards deeper living. Sienna has had the privilege of working with individuals seeking support for recovery from substance use and addictive behaviors, histories of trauma, family and relationship concerns, mood disorders, and military/civilian life transitions. Sienna likes to incorporate mind/body connection in her practice, as she believes our bodies are our richest resource, and utilizes techniques rooted in Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Somatic Psychotherapy. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Skidmore College and graduated with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from CUNY Hunter College. She grew up in the green mountains of Vermont, has lived and taught in Northeast China, and has called New York her home for the past 6 years. When not in the office, you’ll find her strolling through Prospect Park, on the shores of the Rockaway's, or planning her next motorbike trip through Asia.
Alana Barlia, LMHC, MA, EdM
Alana is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who is passionate about providing a space for individuals to work toward their potential for self-fulfillment. Alana’s style of working with clients is humanistic and her therapeutic style is collaborative, as she believes that active engagement is imperative to instilling a sense of confidence and pride in individuals who decide to take the spiritual journey toward discovering their best selves. Her specialties include addictive behaviors, trauma, women’s issues, relational issues, and mood disorders. Alana is committed to enacting meaningful change in individuals through mental health intervention, and has a Master’s of Arts in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Christie Kim, MHC, MA, EdM
Christie views therapy as an act of courage, a rich opportunity for growth and healing. She believes that both pain and healing are rooted in the relationships we have with ourselves and others, and she strives to create therapeutic relationships with her clients that are characterized by authenticity, warmth, and acceptance. Guided by a relational cultural perspective, Christie works in collaboration with clients to address challenges around identity, relationships, intimacy, past trauma, life transitions. With experience across a wide range of settings, Christie is dedicated to meeting clients where they are in their culture, identity, and self-expression. Along with individuals and families, Christie is passionate about working with couples and has experience working with couples within the LGBTQIA community. Christie is a graduate of the Psychological Counseling program at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Samantha Waldman, MHC, MA, EdM
Samantha takes a collaborative and humanistic approach to her practice. She believes there is no “one-size-fits-all” in therapy and aims to tailor her work to each individual’s needs, helping clients work towards their growth and goals as defined by them. While Samantha is open to working with a wide variety of clients some of her areas of interest include life transitions, processing trauma, substance use recovery aftercare, racial and cultural identity development, women’s issues, and relationship issues. She offers couples counseling and family therapy in addition to her work with individual clients. Samantha earned her master’s degree from the Teachers College, Columbia University psychological counseling program. She is an avid reader and musician and works to infuse her love of creativity into her practice.
Alana Carvalho, MA, LMHC, LPC, CASAC-T
Alana Carvalho is the Co-founder of Intuitive Healing Psychotherapy Practice. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and graduate of Columbia University, Teachers College’s psychological counseling program. Alana held the position of Site Director of an outpatient substance abuse program for several years before creating a private practice. Alana has also been a lecturer at The College is Staten Island’s graduate mental health counseling program. She specializes in assisting people towards creating intimacy in their lives both in their relationship with the self and others. She has a passion for supervising other therapists in the field. Alana has a strong spiritual foundation and provides creative interventions for exploring, processing and healing therapeutic issues.
Lindsey Pratt, MA, LMHC, NCC
Lindsey is a licensed psychotherapist in New York City and is the co-founder of Intuitive Healing Psychotherapy Practice. Her therapeutic work focuses on helping clients who seek to find a healthy relationship with substances, work through codependency, overcome trauma, or explore difficulty in relationships and/or family circumstances. Utilizing a humanistic approach to therapy, Lindsey helps clients explore patterns, build trust in themselves and the world, and find their truest expression in life. Lindsey obtained her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans, and has been working in the mental health field since 2006 after moving to the deep south following Hurricane Katrina. She has since received advanced training in Rape Crisis Advocacy, EMDR therapy, Jungian Sandplay Therapy, Psychedelic Integration Work, and couples, trauma, and addiction specializations. Lindsey derives passion from utilizing holistic modalities in her therapeutic work with clients, and ascribes to the spiritual principles of interconnectedness and inner knowledge as a vehicle for healing. Lindsey is the plant mom of the practice, and is passionate about hiking, camping and prefers to be outside in nature as much as possible!