You're feeling overwhelmed and you can't remember the last time you weren't. You're barely meeting deadlines and not sure how much longer you can stay in this field. You keep doing things that aren't working and you need help shifting gears. You need a speed bump. You're not sure if talking about it would help. Who has time?
The good news is that therapy helps, not only by giving you space to vent but by pairing you up with a trusty co-pilot. I help you clarify thoughts and feelings; I notice recurring themes and challenge inconsistencies and make connections in your story. I help you see your strengths more clearly and get moving towards the life you want. It's hard and it's worth it.
A different kind of therapist
I’m Ann Farrar, LMHC, LPC a psychotherapist based in New York City and New Jersey. I am not built for bullshit and provide a down-to-earth, honest talk style of therapy. I'm much more likely to refer to something I heard on a podcast than stare at you blankly in silence or make you feel like a mental patient. Life is hard enough. Let's be real.
My former life as an actor is a big part of my approach. I have an MFA from American Conservatory Theatre and spent many years on stages and in audition rooms- not to mention temping and waiting tables and trying to manage sanity and income and body image BS. I know it's a balancing act. So is marriage and parenthood. I'm familiar with that too. I'm from the midwest but have lived and worked in New York for 20+ years. I love big trees and road trips and board games and swimming. I like persisting, nevertheless.
In addition to my creative work, I also have a background in integrative health coaching. This means I hold my clients accountable for their lifestyle goals including sleep and exercise and meditation. I am a big believer in mindfulness as a powerful protector against depression and anxiety.
I earned my Masters degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from NYU. I co-lead a badass troop of girl scouts. I'm proud of both.
How I Help NYC
I help creative people build resilience and get reacquainted with joy and energy. Since 2012, I've worked with a wide range of clients in New York City. Somewhere along the way I stumbled into New Jersey too. Whether you’re struggling with persistent anxiety or depression or need help finding some work/life balance - our work together will bring clarity, strengthen your confidence and help you heal.
When obsessing over
is making you sad
When self sabotage
is getting old