Arien Muzacz, LMHC
My approach to treatment is informed by multicultural counseling principles and by existential/humanistic philosophy, which suggests that all people are searching for meaning in their lives and aspire to feel connected to others, while struggling with feeling alone in the world. Feeling isolated in mainstream society can be particularly poignant for people who have lifestyle D/s relationships or leather families. I have worked with clients from diverse racial and ethnic groups, from various socioeconomic circumstances, of different ages and sexual and gender identities. I provide affirming support while challenging clients to identify obstacles to the realization of their potential. My office is conveniently located in Union Square; I offer affordable rates and a sliding scale application for clients in financial need. I specialize in working with clients who identify as transgender, HIV+ or bisexual, those involved in BDSM, kinky, or polyamorous relationships, and any clients struggling with depression, anxiety, or life adjustments (aging, career change, bereavement). I appreciate working with clients who have a desire to achieve or maintain recovery from substances, sex, pornography, or codependent relationships, as I have personal experience with recovery. I believe that each of us has the capacity to change and that altering patterns of self-destructive behavior enables us to create lives that are more free and fulfilling. As a researcher, I have given presentations and workshops on BDSM and kink-affirmative counseling at conferences sponsored by the American Psychological Association, New York Mental Health Counselors Association, and Pace University.