Hi my name is Lynda Nora Durand and I go by Nora. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 8 years of experience in the state of Florida and New York. I am a Florida native who moved to New York a few years ago. I have a Master in Mental Health Counseling and a certificate in Child and Adolescent Studies. I have worked in child welfare as an advocate and counselor to youth in foster care from there I became a crisis counselor for Hurricane Sandy Victims, to then run a crisis respite center for individuals with what we call “severe mental illness” where we provided a peer environment in which individual’s experiencing psychosis but did not rise to the level of hospitalization could have a place to stay away from their triggering environment, and currently I work with victims of crimes.
I shared so much detail as to my prior work experience because it speaks to the way I work with individuals. I believe in meeting every person where they are at and providing a compassionate non-judgmental space to process and explore their individual reality. My approach is a combination of Intentional Peer Support, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Need Adaptive Treatment model. I do my best to be creative with the therapy I provide and tailor it to the individual that I am working with.
I am so happy that you have taken this step to work on your emotional and mental health and look forward to the opportunity to be a support alongside you in this journey.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy
NY LMHC 007575
FL LMHC MH13075
Nora is attentive and gives me tools to help with my anxiety and relationships
Written on Jan 21, 2023 after therapy with L. Nora for 4 years on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts
Brilliant and compassionate therapist
Written on Nov 04, 2022 after therapy with L. Nora for 4 years and 4 months on issues concerning self esteem
She listens and helps me understand my feelings. She also is very helpful giving practical insight and advice. Nora is a great therapist.
Written on Jan 14, 2022 after therapy with L. Nora for 2 months
I like that Nora is so practical and put things in a realistic way
Written on Aug 26, 2021 after therapy with L. Nora for 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management
She has helped me throughout the years. She is a great professional to have on your team.
Written on Jul 24, 2021 after therapy with L. Nora for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
I literally tell my friends about better help, just because of my experience with Ms. Durand. She's so kind, welcoming, and she makes me feel extremely safe and comfortable to share and talk with her. She always follows up with me and checks in to make sure I am still on track. I appreciate her candor and bluntness, and those make this experience so much more beneficial for me
Written on Jul 17, 2021 after therapy with L. Nora for 1 year and 10 months