Casey Flax, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Education:
I have a BA in History from Denison University and an MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

Experience:
In addition to Winterkorn Counseling, I’ve provided individual therapy at an outpatient mental health clinic and a primary care medical practice I’ve also worked with children at a public elementary school and families at a domestic violence resource center. I’ve volunteered as a grief counselor to children who experienced the loss of a parent. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in the arts and advertising in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.


Areas of focus/Specialties:
I focus on working with individuals struggling with anxiety, trauma, work issues, relationship issues, grief & loss, adult children of divorce, and adult children of parents with mental illness.

Style:
My style is conversational, playful, thoughtful, compassionate, empathetic, and kind.

Modalities/Tools/Approach:
I was trained to think psychodynamically, or about the emotions and motivations that form the basis of our relationships and behaviors, often focusing on the importance of childhood experiences. I’m strongly influenced by somatic therapies, which utilize felt senses and experiences in the physical body to guide treatment. I believe the body has all the tools it needs to heal, especially the breath. I also incorporate meditation techniques, mindfulness, grounding techniques, and yogic practices and philosophy to build a sense of safety in mind and body. I’m fascinated by evolutionary psychology, neurobiology, attachment theory, and behavioral psychology. I draw heavily from Dr. Kristin Neff’s work about self-compassion to help my patients develop kinder self-talk.

You May Be:
Someone who is curious about their experience of life as a human being in a human body.

Fun Fact:
I lived in a National Park in California for six months!