Anna Gurgenidze, LMHC
Adults, Adolescents, & Parents
I believe that emotional suffering often comes from our most well-intentioned efforts to feel better and to fix our problems. Our natural instincts to mute the the pain of being human can lead us into the most profound despair and seemingly endless suffering.
I work from a contemporary relational psychodynamic framework that allows me to use the immediacy of the therapeutic session as an engine for psychic change and healing. I strive toward cultivating a wiser attitude towards emotional experience that can open up new possibilities of relating to oneself and others. Through receptive listening to the pain my patients bring into the room, I cultivate a new kind of curiosity that allows my patients to get in touch with parts of the self that often feel most challenging to hold on one’s own, yet also carry within them the most relatable and creative aspects of self.
Through a dialogue of two minds, I work to build a relational space that is receptive, warm and welcoming to all aspects of emotional experience. In this context, I work to engage with the unconscious parts of my patient’s personalities in order to help them reflect on the habituated, patterned ways of relating, thinking and feeling that lead to emotional suffering. At the end, I strive to help my patients develop a sense of emotional freedom find ways of being that are uniquely and comfortably theirs.
Anna Gurgenidze, LMHC has a Master of Arts and a Master of Education from Columbia University, Teacher’s College in Counseling Psychology and is currently finishing her Doctoral Degree at Derener School of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. She has worked with patients whose emotional challenges have ranged from depression, anxiety and adjustment difficulties to severe childhood and adult-onset trauma. She works with adolescents, adults and couples.