Paula S. Gilbert, LMHC, LMT
Hello out there. I am excited to be here to serve you in your quest for happy, courageous living. I feel that your life is your highest art form – how you design it carries your unique stamp.
I have been lucky enough to have had excellent guides and mentors on the road to self-discovery and healing. Now I can offer you everything I know in our work together.
One thing I know for sure: education and book knowledge are wonderful… but Experience is the Queen of Hearts. Your body and mind recall the times you were hurt or ecstatic. An emotional charge and a sense experience rank higher than the thinking process. Thoughts and beliefs are produced secondarily to feelings and sensations. Therefore, I make sure you have a complete experience in my office: body, mind, and spirit.
I am a Mental Health Counselor, Gestalt Psychotherapist, Strategic Intervention Coach, Yoga Instructor, Meditator and Massage Therapist. I use diverse tools along with deep listening to work with your sadness, depression, anxiety, self-doubt, or conflicted feelings. I help you excel in areas where you feel stuck.
There is so much power and potential in all of us. Your future is not determined by your past. It is our nature, with guidance and nourishment, to grow. You will learn to appreciate who you already are in order to step into your desired future.
Education and Credentials
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, Boston University, 1980
Licensed Massage Therapist, State of New York, 1997
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Long Island University, 2002
Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Gestalt Center of Long Island, 2006
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of New York, 2006
200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification, Awaken Yoga and Meditation Center, 2014
Internal Family Systems work of Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.
Strategic Intervention Coaching as taught by Mark and Magali Peysha
Couples Counseling with Terrence Real, founder of Relational Life Institute