Kachael Stocks , Intern
Relationships are a fundamental part of being human. Starting from our very first relationships with our caregivers as infants, to early childhood friendships, and onward to our adult friendships and romantic relationships, we are born seeking connection to others. Many things happen in life that can interrupt or sever those meaningful connections. The therapy room is a safe place to explore and address through those constraints that prevent us from achieving that satisfying connection to those we care about, including connecting meaningfully with ourselves.
Kachael works collaboratively with her clients, allowing them to share their expertise in their own lives and relationships. She believes that the client has the knowledge and the tools to discover what they need to overcome their challenges. The therapist creates a space for the clients to explore, feel, communicate, and experiment with their proposed solutions in a safe and non-judgmental place. No one will be blamed for the “issue” that brings the clients in for therapy. Kachael believes that there is not one singular cause for relationship problems. Instead, there are patterns of behavior that often contribute to the problem but tend to go unnoticed. By working together, those patterns can be uncovered and addressed.
Kachael is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Iona College, a COAMFTE accredited university. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the City College of New York. Areas of interest include depression, anxiety, LGBT relationship issues, life cycle transitions, adjustment disorders, grief, and trauma (including racial trauma). She has worked with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds and age groups for a broad range of problems.
Kachael’s style is empathetic, collaborative, and full of curiosity. She recognizes that the therapeutic relationship is itself a relationship. The therapeutic relationship can be a powerful tool for change and for learning about building and maintaining healthy relationships. As a therapy intern, Kachael is able to take sliding scale clients.