Ali Shames-Dawson

333 W 57th St
Between 8th & 9th Avenues
New York 10019
United States
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Master of Theological Studies, Master of Psychology, Doctoral Candidate Clinical Psychology

Gender Identity
  • Woman
  • She/Her

I strive to create a strong collaborative bond with clients to support growth via self-understanding, and to aid them in identifying and addressing beliefs, behavioral patterns, and difficult emotions that may disrupt their capacity for satisfying relationships, for pleasure, for freedom of choice, for love.

Drawing on principles and techniques from relational psychotherapy and mindfulness practices, I aim to strengthen my client’s self-understanding and sense of control over their choices and their lives. My first objective is to create a space where people may feel safe to speak about experiences, thoughts, and feelings that may feel dangerous, shameful, or unacceptable. When we can access the personal meaning of problematic behaviors, then we can work with limiting beliefs about the self and the world that may keep people locked into patterns of behavior that disrupt their capacity to seek and maintain fulfilling, sustainable relationships and lifestyles.

At the root of much of my work is a sense of urgency about the primacy of relationships, self-compassion, and self-understanding for psychological health. But life experiences can lead to conflicts that stifle our capacity to be truthful with ourselves about who we are and what we want. This can result in great confusion, because we may act in ways that damage ourselves and the commitments that matter most to us. Therapy is unique in that it provides a nonjudgmental yet honest relationship in which an individual can engage in careful observation of their thoughts, feelings, and habitual ways of relating to others that may help them step outside of these painful patterns and experience relief.