Shamima Akhter


Shamima Akhter


Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 024244
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Oscar Health Insurance Co.
  • Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
  • United Health Care
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Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Albany, New York 12202

My Approach to Helping

You're slamming the alarm clock; it was another night of broken sleep. You're feeling drained and wishing for a moment of peace and happiness. You are constantly giving to others when you're running low and rarely have time for yourself. You feel pressures and stress piling up and weighing on your shoulders. You want to reach out for help but are scared of being vulnerable and driving people away. At night when you lay down to sleep, the thoughts are racing and the worries return. All that you want is understanding, support, and acceptance.

Therapy can help you find the understanding, support, and acceptance you seek in your relationships and in yourself. Through exploring your values, processing your thoughts and emotions, and discovering who you are, you can connect with others in a meaningful way.

Whenever you're ready, please send me an email to schedule your session or free consultation today. I look forward to connecting with you!

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Although my training covers many areas and concerns, I primarily enjoy working with individuals and couples on relationships, expressing and processing their thoughts and emotions, and identity. I also enjoy helping clients through life transitions and various experiences

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Therapy can be whatever a client need it to be. Many of my clients come to a session needing solutions or a space to process their thoughts and emotions. As they recount their experiences, patterns and themes arise that can provide a lot of insight and a new perspective. I encourage clients to make the changes in their life that they would like to make so it can be more fulfilling.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

I view the therapy space as safe, non-judgmental. and open to whatever the client needs it to be. Therapy can be a place to process one's thoughts and emotions, find solutions to various concerns, or simply a place to share and be heard.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I love to help people through their journeys. Whether it is self-discovery, identity development, or healthy relationships, I want to join clients on their journey and help them find the answers they seek. I truly appreciate the moments when clients have a spark in their eyes from moving a bit closer to what they from therapy.

My Role as a Therapist

I see myself as riding on the passenger side and helping clients find the paths in life that they think is best for them. I encourage, challenge, question, validate, and reflect to help clients find the roads they would like to travel. The wheel is in their hands as well as the map; I am simply there to support them through the journey.

What I Usually Need to Know to Help

During the first sessions, I like to ask clients who have been to therapy before what works and what doesn't work for them. Although psychological health providers are experts in psychology, client are the experts on themselves. I also welcome feedback and often check-in with clients on what is working on well and what isn't working so they can get the most of out of sessions.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

If you're on the fence about going to therapy, I'd encourage you to try it out. Even if you go to one session, it can make a difference.

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

I would highly highly recommend clients to try therapy again. Similar to how there are medical providers who are not a good match for us, there are also therapists who aren't a good fit. There are many therapists out there and the only way to find someone who is good fit is to try again.

I want to add that it is difficult to share your thoughts and feelings with someone and have to start over with someone else; at the same time, finding a good therapist and being able to build a therapeutic relationship with them can be life-changing.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

Therapy is simply a place to share your thoughts and emotions and receive validation and support without judgment. We all need this space in and out of the therapy space. Even therapists have their own therapists. At times we find relying on our friends and families could be too much for them, we fear their judgment, or we simply need an objective professional opinion. Whatever reason one is coming to therapy it definitely because they are weak or flawed. Quite the contrary in fact; it take strength to face yourself and share.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

I see psychological disorders similar to medical diagnoses. Similar to how medical providers treat the symptoms of a cold through medication, bed rest, etc, psychological health providers treat the symptoms of a disorder. I firmly believe, clients are not defined by their psychological diagnosis similar to how a cold doesn't define who you are. You are who you want to be.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English
  • Bengali

Groups I Work With

    College or Graduate school population, young adults, People of color, Muslim, Immigrants, First generation, Second generation, international, Asian

Industries & Communities Served

  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

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