Therapists help people of all ages live happier, healthier, and more productive lives by applying research-based techniques to help people develop more effective habits. Therapy is a collaborative treatment provided in a supportive environment which allows you to talk openly with a licensed professional who is objective, neutral, and nonjudgmental. Therapy focuses on what past experiences are preventing you from achieving that success.
Jenny Maenpaa is a clinical psychotherapist licensed to practice social work by New York State. She combines two main approaches to therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which involves changing specific problematic thought patterns or behaviors through structured and targeted interventions, and Psychodynamic, which involves a more open-ended and exploratory approach. For many clients, a balance of both approaches allows you to examine your past with a trained professional, understand the limitations being placed on your present, and unleash your vision for an ideal future.
Amidst the excitement of New York, it can be hard to find a center. Always pursuing the next accolade, promotion, or opportunity can leave you feeling unfulfilled. Taking care of yourself is not a luxury but an imperative in this fast-paced world. For many, striving to reach such high expectations can cause relationships to suffer and mental health to deteriorate. This stress can cause anxiety, depression, and other painful emotional challenges. Working with a professional allows you to bring your best self to all aspects of your life.
Forward in Heels is a full-service practice, offering many different ways to engage:
As therapists, we specialize in the major issues many of us face in our everyday lives both personally and professionally, sometimes overlapping. These issues include anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, self-esteem issues, food anxiety, emotional eating, healthy living, and goal setting and achievement. If you need support in an area that we don’t treat, please know your treatment is important, and you absolutely deserve to work with a therapist who specializes in your particular issues.
If you’re on the fence about the long-term commitment of therapy, or you feel that you experience some anxiety or depression in a generic sense but that don’t necessarily rise to the clinical level, don’t worry! You can still pursue a 12-session coaching package focused on a specific goal or set of goals. Coaching is action-oriented, focusing on uncovering insights to move you forward in a specific professional area.
Additionally, organizations can reach out to us to facilitate customized workshops in the workplace around common challenges such as teaching managers how to be coaches, improving feedback conversations, and maximizing productivity without sacrificing quality. We provide additional education in increasing retention and improving employee satisfaction overall so employees can learn to leverage their strengths and seek out partners and team members who possess complementary strengths to help companies achieve their bottom line.
If you’re definitely interested in figuring out what makes you happy personally and professionally but you don’t live in New York, aren’t sure a therapy or coaching commitment is right for you, or just don’t have room in your budget for it, never fear, there is yet another option for you! I wrote a book companion to the coaching work I do called Forward in Heels: A Step-By-Step Guide To Having It All For Badass Women Who Want To Excel At What They Do, Stand Tall, And Own Their Worth So They Can Light Up The World. I created this resource in order to consolidate my career advice into one place, complete with examples and worksheets so readers can progress through the stages on their own terms or their own timelines. This book can be read as a standalone, guiding you from beginning to end of the process of moving Forward in Heels, or it can be used as a supplemental resource to hold you accountable while you engage in ongoing therapy or coaching. Choose whichever format works best for you; the e-book provides direct links to cited resources, or the paperback allows you to write in it to complete the exercises at your own pace if you prefer a more tactile experience.
Both therapy and coaching are gaining popularity in professional communities as necessary strategies for successful development of individuals, managers, and leaders. Both organizations and individuals see the benefits of therapy and coaching as tools to help high-potential employees become transformational leaders.
You may be wondering, "How do I know if therapy or coaching is the right path for me? Aren't they kind of the same?" Those are great questions. Therapy and coaching share many of the same origins in helping clients make permanent changes in their lives.
Therapy is often more long-term, focusing on past experiences or traumas that are preventing future successes. Therapy clients may experience anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), problematic relationship patterns, low self-esteem, emotional eating issues, and/or family dynamic challenges.
Coaching tends to be more short-term, focusing on tackling barriers to professional goals within a specific timeframe. Coaching clients may experience symptoms of anxiety or depression but often do not meet a clinical diagnosis, and primarily seek support in focusing on work-related challenges.