Meet Mirela

Mirela Bitkowski, LPC-Intern

Gottman Method Couples Therapy - Level 1
Children and Adolescents
Multicultural Issues
Personal Growth

Rate: $100 Hourly

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How would you describe your approach to therapy?

Each person is unique and has the resources within themselves to overcome obstacles and challenges in life. As a therapist, it is my goal to help you access those resources even in difficult moments, allowing you to navigate through life in a purposeful, authentic, and fulfilling way. Therapy sessions offer a safe and compassionate environment where we can collaboratively explore ways to empower and help you achieve your goals. My therapeutic approach is positive, warm, and non-judgmental, where you can go deeper into your thoughts and feelings and explore barriers that interfere with your relational, emotional, and mental well-being.

What led you to become a counselor?

Originally from Europe, I have always been drawn to the process of helping others through authentic conversation and connection. I became a therapist with the intention of offering those in need a safe space where they can be fully themselves and have a chance to explore deeper into their inner world.

What trainings have you completed and how do they relate to your ideal client?

I incorporate different therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, Strength-Based, the Gottman Method for Couples, and Person-Centered approaches.
Recently, I completed the training in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which works well when your brain finds an experience (or set of experiences) too overwhelming and interferes with or limits your ability to function in, and enjoy, your daily life. EMDR can help you reset how you accept and deal with the associated recollections and feelings. These therapeutic techniques have shown incredible results in clients who experience anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, relationship struggles, trauma recovery, life transitions, multicultural issues and more.

Is there anything else you would like your clients to know?

As a therapist, it is such a privilege and an honor to get to know people and see them make positive changes in their life, improve their relationships and self-esteem, as well as become more confident and self-reliant. I care deeply about every couple, individual, and family coming in my office and I deeply value our therapeutic relationship.

What do you love to do in your free time?

When I'm not working, I enjoy relaxing, traveling to different parts of the world, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

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