Quai Nystrom,LCSW

Quai Nystrom,LCSW

Professions: Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 082118


New York, New York 10010

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My Approach to Helping

My therapy style is interactive, non-judgmental and collaborative. I have an approach that honors the various parts of us that make us complexly human, and aims to reduce discomforts, stress, fears, shame and inner disharmonies while tending to what’s less than ideal in your life. I use metaphors and humor along the way.

I invite you to bring your whole self into a space that fosters deep understanding. By bringing your own observations and curiosity, we can identify your therapy focuses. I am a supportive, careful listener so that through time you’ll to get to know yourself in new ways, to open up and improve how you navigate your life. The therapy relationships we’d create together can assist you to become more grounded in yourself, and better equipped to sort through various emotional discomforts, like fear, worry, embarrassment, confusion, overwhelm and dissatisfaction.

My guiding principals as a therapist are:
• the best therapy work comes from you choosing when you want to work on something and at a pace that gently stretches your growing edge, without pushing too fast
• inner and outter matter; how we see ourselves and the realities of the world each person navigates greatly influences emotional wellness
• you are primed to heal, and at times need a guided (yet unobtrusive) experience to discover what’s interfering with the things they want in their life

More Info About My Practice

I use a holistic model to support imbalances that often accompany emotional struggles, such as sleep disruptions. When helpful, I provide resources for stress and grief, like aromatherapy. I also encourage you to bring reflections from things like blogs, books, shows, movies or podcasts when something resonates with a part of your struggles.

Some struggles I can support you with are:
• worry, fear, stress
• noticing a disconnect between how you want to live you life and how you actually do
• strained relationships with your family, friends or partners
• relationship hardships or difficulty with dating
• going through a breakup
• coming out or living as a queer person or somewhere in the LGTBQ+ spectrums
• exploring gender and or sexuality
• soothing with things like food, hours on the internet or drinks that sometimes go too far
• questioning if you need sobriety or if you are working to maintain it
• people pleasing tendencies that interfere with your needs
• feeling overpowered by people in your life
• wanting more closeness or security in your relationships
• complex PTSD
• healing from childhood trauma

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

That's rough. Or maybe just disappointing. Whether that's about the therapist not being skilled or nuanced enough or tuned in to something crucial, it always makes me sad when a negative therapy experience keeps someone from seeking this support. Throughout the years, I have provided therapy that people remark feels different than experiences where they've felt an uncomfortable power dynamic, misunderstood or not heard. I approach my role as a therapist by tuning in to what's important to you and offering a gentle, honest and secure space for you to do the work that you choose to do.

Too often people have to choose which part of themselves their therapist really gets. I come to the therapy space having equipped myself with an intersectional lens and I go as slow as needed to not overlook crucial parts of who my clients are and the things they're navigating in the larger world.

If you've experienced trauma, I offer trauma-informed therapy. I have advanced training in this area and have found this critcal for the sensitive needs of surviving trauma.

Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with curious people, LGTBQ+ individuals, and have a diverse practice in terms of race, class, culture and immigration experiences. I create a unique connection with each person I work with that allows them to draw from various parts of who they are, such as their passions, work endeavors, roles as a parent or partner. People who tend to find me a good match for their needs have interests like rock climbing, art, gardening, creative writing, reading, hiking and camping.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Dissociation
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Incest
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Racism
  • Self-Care
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions

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