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Shahreen Awal

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
New York
Interpersonal conflicts-Loss and grief-Self-esteem-Trauma-Depression-Anxiety-
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Professional statement

Shahreen Awal is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York with a graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling. She has experience providing individual, group, couples and family therapy sessions to individuals who are experiencing life’s stressors, including issues with addictions, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and schizophrenia. Her area of focus and expertise includes working with a wide range of mental health needs, such as PTSD, anxiety and mood disorders.Additionally, Shahreen assists clients who are struggling with losses, relationships, stress, anger and self-esteem.

Shahreen is certified in Grief Recovery Method, a training designed specifically to assist individuals who wish to heal and cope with loss through group and individual counseling. She is also trained in assisting clients who have symptoms of trauma, utilizing Trauma-Informed Treatment Protocol to assist clients in addressing and coping with trauma, in addition to utilizing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which further alleviates symptoms and emotional distress resulting from disturbing life experiences.

Shahreen's theoretical orientation is an integrative approach which incorporates humanistic, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral ideologies. This allows her the flexibility to give individualized care for her clients. This integrative approach is an opportunity for the client to explore his or her own thoughts and feelings in a safe environment, while exploring the root causes of their core beliefs and learning to challenge them, develop healthy coping tools and feeling a sense of empowerment. Overall, Shahreen's philosophy as a therapist is to treat each person as a unique individual, worthy of unconditional acceptance, regardless of his or her personal circumstances.

Message to clients

Let’s work together and help you live your best life and accomplish goals you set out for yourself. My goal is to provide you with a safe and calm (with sprinkles of humor) environment that will allow yourself to speak freely and overcome barriers. I’m here for you and it is my commitment to come alongside, challenge, and encourage you to be physically, mentally, and emotionally equipped to deal with life stressors, while also developing a deeper understanding of one’s self.

Work and Education

Purposeful Living Mental Health Counseling
Shiloh Consulting

Baruch College, MA in Mental Health Counseling, 2017


New York: 009350 - New Jersey: 37PC00787700




Interpersonal conflicts - Skill-building to increase interpersonal efficacy and decrease discomfort in social settings; boosting self-esteem

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Cigna
  • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$150 (45min)
  • Sliding scale:$115 - $150
  • Couples sessions:$150 (45min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Client testimonials

"She was quick, precise, and answered my questions."
- Zencare client July 2020
"The phone consultation felt warm and calming."
- Zencare client June 2020
"Shahreen was really nice and exactly what I was looking for! The insurance information listed was accurate, so it went really smoothly with setting up an appointment!"
- Zencare client June 2020
"It felt natural to talk to her and very light and sweet."
- Zencare client June 2020
"Shahreen was very nice and open."
- Zencare client June 2020
"She is very easy to open up to even with anxiety and will give insight on why you feel the way you do."
- Zencare client June 2020