Individual, Couples & Family Therapy

Change is a Process of Tiny Steps. Each is Powerful. Pivotal.

About Dr. Shefali’s Private Practice

DrShefali_IndividualTherapyTherapy is the space where our innate potential to heal, restore and transform is revealed. The therapeutic relationship is one of those rare relationships where we can explore who it is we are – our fears, hopes and desires – without concern of judgment, shame or guilt. Through therapy we can learn to walk towards change and empowerment, one tiny step at a time.

Dr. Shefali received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University, NY. She has been trained in psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches. She has been practicing therapy for over a decade.

Her approach in therapy is a holistic one, where all aspects of the individual?s emotional health are equally considered. She works in an open, collaborative and empathic manner. Clients who visit with her are assured the highest discretion and confidentiality.

Dr. Shefali believes that each one of us can benefit from therapy with a trusted professional as we all have inner conflicts to overcome. As such, she works from an extremely humane and respectful place, holding true admiration for those who actually take that step towards change.

Dr. Shefali has a private practice in Great Neck, New York. Here, she sees children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Types of Therapy Dr. Shefali Practices

We all desire lives that are filled with meaning, purpose and fulfillment. However, we are often obstructed from such a life because of wounds from our past or fears about our future. In therapy we are allowed to examine these wounds and fears and create the positive transformation we desire in our lives.

Individual therapy is a place where we can explore who it is we are and reach an authentic expression of ourselves. This is a space where we can safely talk about ourselves with freedom from guilt, judgment and shame. Every individual can benefit from this freedom as it is through this that we can glimpse into our truest selves.

You can benefit from individual therapy with Dr. Shefali if :

  • You experience anxiety and/or depression
  • You feel lost and directionless
  • You are embedded in a soul-less job or relationship
  • You feel disempowered in your life
  • You are experiencing marital or familial problems
  • You desire change and greater empowerment in your life
  • You experience anger-management problems
  • You wish to overcome your dependence on food
  • You cannot achieve your goals or manifest your deeper purpose

With over a decade of clinical experience, Dr. Shefali is skilled in helping her clients discover their true potential and actualize their goals. Her style is highly interactive and collaborative. Her work is informed by a blend of Eastern practices as well as Western psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral thinking.

Relationships are the mirrors which reflect the deepest parts of our selves ? parts we often do not even know we possess. It is through the intimate relationships in our lives that our inner emotional worlds find a script in the world. It is through our intimate relationships that we reflect the patterns of our childhood and the unresolved issues of our past. Because of their potency, our relationships can carry the potential for much turmoil and emotional destruction but also, if examined and resolved, hold the power for great spiritual advancement. Therapy is a powerful way through which we can help weave through the pitfalls that are inevitable in intimate relationships and clear the way for mutual empowerment and restoration.

In order to thrive, relationships need to be predicated on trust, respect and loving communication. This of course means that each within the relationship is able to manifest these qualities. Negotiating the emotional needs of the self along with those of another is a challenging task indeed. It is here that therapy plays a valuable role in helping both within the relationship find their way towards themselves and towards each other.

You may benefit from Relationship Therapy with Dr. Shefali if :

  • You experience as sense of disconnect with yourself in the relationship with your partner
  • You experience a sense of disconnect to your partner
  • You have lost the ability to engage in loving communication with your partner
  • You and your partner have lost the vision for your relationship
  • You feel your relationship obstructs who it is you are
  • You feel stifled, lost or confused in your relationship
  • You and your partner are locked in a negative cycle of conflict and disappointment
  • There has been a betrayal of trust between you and your partner
  • You feel as if you and your partner are heading towards a divorce or separation

With over a decade of clinical experience, Dr. Shefali is skilled in helping her clients discover their true potential and actualize their goals. Her style is highly interactive and collaborative. Her work is informed by a blend of Eastern practices as well as Western psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral thinking.

Dr. Shefali?s approach to relationship-work is highly discreet and confidential. She respects the tremendous complexities that are inevitably involved in any intimate relationship. She holds great respect for those couples who seek her out in their willingness and courage to work on their issues and attempt to reconcile with their partners.

Families are created with the intention of love and respect. Almost every family and parent-child relationship was first conceived with this intention. However, as our families grow – our children mature, we age – we find that sometimes things go awry. Our children may be out-of-control and defiant or our spouses may be depressed and angry. Regardless of the reason, most of us confront a time in our family-life where things are just not working. This is the time we need to reach outside of ourselves to a therapist to help us re-align, re-focus and re-connect.

Dr. Shefali holds tremendous respect for the daily work and commitment it takes to nurture families. She is dedicated to helping each individual within the family-matrix realize their unique inner voice thereby contributing to a healthy and resilient family-system. She is the author of two parenting books. For more information on these books click here.

Appointment Information


In order for us to set realistic treatment goals and priorities, it is important to evaluate what resources you have available to pay for your treatment. If you have a health insurance policy, it will usually provide some coverage for mental health treatment. I will fill out forms and provide you with whatever assistance I can in helping you receive the benefits to which you are entitled; however, you (not your insurance company) are responsible for full and timely payment of my fees. (In other words, I bill you, you pay me, and your insurance company reimburses you.) It is therefore important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have made an appointment, cancellations require a 48-hour window, barring emergencies. I am extremely understanding and willing to be flexible during unforeseen times, and am willing to reschedule appointments to the best of my ability. However, a payment will be charged if you are unable to maintain your appointment in a non-emergency situation or if attendance is inconsistent.

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