Margaret Nyambati, MHC-LP
Life can be challenging at times, and one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself during this time is the knowledge that it’s okay to reach out for help. In some cultures, this can be frowned upon or seen as weakness, but actually asking for help is one of the strongest, bravest things you can do for yourself.
I had my first encounter with counseling while pursuing my undergraduate studies in my native country, Kenya. What I appreciated most about it was the ability to freely express my life experience without judgment. I could also gather insight from my therapist, which was amazing. Since then, I vowed to pursue psychotherapy as a career.
My approach to therapy is person-centered, incorporating some aspects of existential and strengths-based counseling. Interventions in these theories can help you to gain insight into your concerns and stumbling blocks and offer you tools that can help you heal. I am interested in supporting people from different walks of life, especially those from immigrant communities, as I know just how it feels, living in a foreign land. I am particularly interested in working with women, adolescents and young adults.
Since graduating from Hunter College with a Master of Science in Education – Mental Health Counseling, I have volunteered as a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line, a non-profit organization that provides free mental health texting service. The experience has been profoundly fulfilling; I’ve interacted with people from a range of ages and cultures, listening to their stories and struggles, and validating their feelings. Sometimes just having someone to listen with warmth, empathy, compassion, positive regard – and most importantly, hope – can be all that you need to get through to another day.
In my free time, I love to create and work with my hands. Drawing, coloring, knitting, singing and writing music are among my pastimes. I also enjoy preparing and eating plant-based meals. Another favorite is taking walks in the park – especially in the spring, because it is so life-affirming to see everything bloom.