Bernie Crowl, MHC-I
Bernie is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Fellow Travelers: Do you find yourself constantly overwhelmed by anxiety? Do your own thoughts of having a panic attack, impact the quality of your life? I know exactly what you are experiencing: the pounding chest, tightened muscles, clenched jaw, and on/off cold sweats. People often suffer from anxiety for many years without seeking treatment. I believe that holistic and evidence based practices can reduce anxiety and panic, and I look forward to teaching you tools to help take your life back.
I am currently a Mental Health Therapist Intern working towards licensure in NYC/NYS. I am a Registered Behavior Technician and have spent the last five years working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since starting my internship in 2020, I have been working directly with people who have symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I have found that exploring different cognitive behavioral techniques like restructuring/reframing negative thoughts, thought stopping, and self-talk help to reduce a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. I also incorporate a great deal of techniques based on mindfulness approaches like guided imagery, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation training (PMRT) and mindfulness meditation. I strongly believe that with a combination of these techniques and dedication from both travelers, many obstacles can be addressed and tackled.
As an active member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I understand from a personal perspective the struggles that many people in this population face at home and in society. I strongly feel that people can grow at any point in their lives and that they do not need to be limited by their mental health. For years I suffered from panic and anxiety attacks, which prohibited me from living my life and achieving my dreams. It was the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Therapy which allowed me to learn the techniques needed to manage my own stressors and anxieties. As a therapist, I make it my goal to pass these techniques along to those who need it the most.