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Therapy for Individuals, Couples, & Adolescents

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Life can be complicated, it can bring about stress and anxiety for you and emotions that can affect your ability to function at work, school, or social settings. Lynnikka Draper Therapy is committed to helping you achieve goals and give you the highest quality mental health services. As a therapist I want to help guide you to be your best self. You may experience uncertainty about life decisions, inability to focus, or experience lack of self esteem. Psychotherapy may be right for you by providing the support you need.

About Me

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Hello, I am Lynnikka, Lynnikka Draper Therapy offers psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and children/adolescents in New York City. My practice is located in Union Square.

I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University. I received my Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from CUNY Hunter College. I have training in different modalities such as CBT, DBT, Psychoanalysis, Person Centered Therapy, and Play Therapy. Now lets get to stuff that I am sure will be more interetsing for you, who am I as a person? Well to start, I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado (yes the water and air is as clean as everyone says and there are mountain views anywhere you are). I decided to go to an HBCU and moved to Atlanta when I was 17 for college. It was such a culture shock for me, that is where I have to say my journey into understanding my identity began. I knew since high school that psychology was my interest but college is where I began to grow and become more specific in my interest. Then was the move to the Big Apple! Once again another culture shock! Now this isn't to say that I haven't traveled to other countries before, because my passport does have plenty of stamps, but to see so many different types of people in one place that was so crowed was such a freeing feeling (especially being from Colorado where things just recently began to be diverse). All this to say I believe that my experiences with different cultures lead my interest into issues around identity and multicultural issues which influence school/work life, emotion regulation, stress, and symptoms of anxiety and depression. I have experience in running groups, working with children/adolescents and adults as well as working with couples. I attend seminars, workshops, and conferences in order to be up to date in my knowledge of mental health counseling and techniques.

Outside the Office....


I beleive in a work/life balance, outside of work I am usually with friends, traveling to see family (Colorado is constantly changing), and admiring all the animals outside with their owners (yes I love animals). I also practice techniques that you may mention me talk about in session (I guess sometimes work comes home with me, but in a good way) such as meditation!

Where It All Started?

Yes, I was one of those people who said I didn't see myself working with kids, well that changed the first time I conducted a therapy session! My very first sessions were with children experiencing ODD/ADHD conducting groups and individual play therapy. Sometimes you have moments when you know this is where you are suppose to be, well that was my moment and I still get chills just from talking about it! Talk about feeling inspired!

When Did Relationships Come Into Play?

Well to be honest, in individual sessions the most common topics besides anxiety and depression were relationship issues. Now I had some training through my grad program already but decided to get more training and lets just say I LOVED IT! I have found it helpful even when working with children and interacting with parents as well, I use these communication skills in my own life.

My Approach

As your therapist, I tailor my approach depending on your needs. It is my commitment to offer you a safe space without judgement and provide an empathetic ear. Each person is unique which means that the approach should be unique to you. My goal is to help you understand behavior patterns which will lead to a better understanding of one's self. I will provide you with concrete coping strategies to better deal with stress and negative behavior patterns. I am here to support you through growth and changes leading you to your best self.

Areas of Focus & Specializations

*Anxiety
*Depression
*Behavioral Concerns
*Emotion Regulation
*School/ Work Life
*Stress Reduction
*Identity Issues
*LGBTQ Issues
*Relationships
*Grief
*Addiction

Orientation

CBT & DBT


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) are similar and both can be effective when dealing with stress,emotions, depression and anxiety. DBT therapy has four components: -Mindfullness - Emotional Regulation -Distress Tolerance -Interpersonal Effectiveness The key to DBT is acceptance of your thoughts and emotions without judgement. Focusing on the present without fixating on the past or worrying about the future. DBT emphasizes the psychosocial aspect of treatment. Focusing on how you interact with others in different enviornments and relationships. CBT focuses on changing irrational thought patterns and behaviors that have developed over time due to conditioning and enviornmental factors. By challenging these thoughts and behaviors, you are able to restructure future thought patterns and change unwanted behaviors.

Is Psychodynamic Therapy Right for You?


Are you experiencing negative emotions but are not sure where they are coming from? Have you had trauma in the past that is still unresolved? Maybe you are noticing that stress is becoming more intolerable or are experiencing sudden mood swings out of nowhere. Psychodynamic therapy may be beneficial for you. The purpose of psychodynamic therapy is to bring what is unconscious to the conscious. To reflect on past events and explore patterns that have developed over time. It is said that irrational drives influence our behavior which comes from the unconscious, this can create negative emotions which then triggers defense mechanisms. These conflicts can create feelings of anxiety and depression. The therapeutic relationship is a key element in psychodynamic treatment. This form of therapy can create awareness and eventually improved decision making through understanding unconsious thoughts and emotions.

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Relationships

Are You Feeling Alone or Frustrated In Your Relationships?
• Are you having trouble communicating your frustration?
• Are you feeling alone?
• Are you struggling with self confidence?
• Do you experience symptoms of anxiety & depression?



If you answered yes to any of these questions, therapy may be helpful for you, you came to the right place!
Relationship struggles can cause anxiety and feelings of depression which can carry over into your work life, friendships, and day to day activities.
It can make you question your self worth and influence your self confidence.
This can then create negative self talk that can lead to further feelings of lacking self worth.

How Relationships Struggles Can influence Your Mood


Relationship struggles can be hard to handle on top of other life challenges you may be experiencing. Feelings of low self worth and frustration can hinder you from making meaningful connections in other areas of your life. Feeling alone while wanting to be with or around a person who is causing you feelings of lonliness and frustration can be hard to deal with alone and scary to approach with another person.

Relationships Are Constantly Changing


You don't have to struggle with this alone, ALL relationships have bumps in the road. Often people hide their frustations with their partner because of fear of rejection or lack of understanding. Many outside factors can interfere with relationships such as living situations, outside friendships, and family disagreements plus many others. This then creates more distance within the relationship.

How Therapy Can Help


All relationships are different and it is important to recognize this in your own relationship. In sessions we will discuss individuls wants, needs, concerns, and strengths. I will provide you with better ways of not only communicating but listening as well. An important part of it will also be exploring the level committment, your relationship can grow but you have to believe that it can and commit to the process. We work together to create space where you feel comfortable enough to address your concerns and create stronger healthier relationships.

Are Your Ready To Grow In Your Relationships?


You can request an appointment for a free 15 minute consultation, where I will be happy to address any other questions or concerns and help you start your journey to healthier relationships!

I Know I Want Help, But I Also Know It May Possibly Be Expensive


*Therapy is a big step and it also an investment, an investment into your relationship. Investing time and energy into creating healthier connections and lowering levels and anxiety and lonliness can allow a peace of mind for the future. Therapy can be exspensive but I always try to work with clients by accepting insurance and offering sliding scale options.

You May Still Have Questions About Relationships & How Therapy Can Help


What if therapy makes things worse?

If a problem goes without being given attention, it is possible that it will only become worse as time goes on and the distance becomes further. Relationships constantly are changing and you are in a position to have support and guidance through the process.
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Free Consultation

In order to make the process most beneficial for you, I offer a free 15 minute consultation to ensure that I am the right therapist for you. During the free consultation we will schedule the first appointment which we would then get to know one and other and discuss the course of treatment that best fits your needs. Phone sessions and Skype sessions are offered on a case to case basis if considered appropriate. To set up a free conultation please fill out the form below or give me a call.

Payment is due in full at the time of your appointment in the form of cash or visa/debit card. I offer fees based off a sliding scale which is determined on a case by case basis. If you have insurance, I can provide you with a statement to submit to your insurance company for the purpose for submitting for out-of-network benefits. Out-of-network benefits differ on a case by case basis depending on the insurer and your plan. Please consult with your insurance company to explore your out-of-network benefits.

We are committed to your privacy. Do not include confidential or private information regarding your health condition in this form or any other form found on this website. This form is for general questions or messages to the practitioner.

Helpful Forms


Cancellation Policy
Client Information Form
Client Information Form Adult
HIPPA Form
Payment Authorization Form
Release Form
Skype Consent Form

If you would like me to coordinate care with another provider
(for example, your psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.),
complete this form to authorize release of psychotherapy information:


Authorization to Disclose Information Form

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Privacy & Policy


The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
Exceptions include:

Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.

If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.

If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.

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Lynnikka Draper
16 Madison SQ W [Fl 11], New York, NY 10010


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