Gianna LaLota , LMHC (she/her)
Approach: Gianna takes a hands-on, collaborative approach with her clients. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy (TBCT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness. She has an integrative approach, meaning that she uses a combination of therapeutic techniques depending on her client’s individualized needs and treatment goals. She incorporates mindfulness into her work with all clients in order to help them become more mindful of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in order to understand the relationship among them. Her style is warm, compassionate, engaging, and mindful.
Background: Gianna is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State. She completed her Master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at New York University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston College. Gianna is also a licensed yoga teacher (RYT 500) and a certified Reiki Level II practitioner. Gianna is in the process of completing an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) certification with The American Institute of Health Care Professionals.
Training: Gianna completed CBT training through the Beck Institute for CBT and received additional instruction from Noah Clyman, LCSW-R, the director of NYC Cognitive Therapy and a Beck-Certified Master Clinician.
Relevant Certifications & Coursework:
-Beck Institute CBT for Depression Certificate
-Beck Institute CBT for Anxiety Certificate
-Beck Institute CBT and Mindfulness Certificate
-Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy (TBCT) for Trauma/PTSD Training with Irismar Reis de Oliveira, MD, PhD
-The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping Certification (ongoing)
Areas of Specialization:
-Individual Therapy: Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobias), Depression, Life Transitions in Early Adulthood, Mindfulness, Stress Management
-Group Therapy: Throughout her time at NYC Cognitive Therapy, Gianna has led a number of therapy groups, including a CBT Skills for Depression Group, a CBT Skills for Social Anxiety Group, a Mindfulness Group, etc.
"I had a great experience with Gianna. I have been in therapy before but never CBT with such a specific goal. I felt a comfort level with her quickly and really liked the structured goal oriented approach. Public speaking is a fear I never thought I could make progress on and I really did. Thank you!" Krista, October 2021
"I am very grateful for therapy sessions I received from Gianna LaLota at NYCCT. I was hesitant to start new therapy, as I had recently had a bad experience with a different therapist. Fortunately, Gianna quickly put me at ease with her warmth, compassion, and professionalism. I felt comfortable sharing things with her that been difficult for me to share in previous therapy sessions. She was very helpful and worked with me on a variety of issues. She gave me many helpful, practical strategies for managing both anxiety and depression. Our sessions were benefited me greatly.” JE. Oct. 2022