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Tricha Menelas, LCSW

Relationships Trauma, Abuse Self esteem, Motivation Career difficulties Depression
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About me

I was born in London, England and raised in a single parent household. Both my parents are currently retired and reside in Florida and NY. I consider myself to be of Afro-Caribbean descent

I attended undergraduate school at Saint John’s University and graduated in May of 2000. I remained at Saint John’s University for my graduate studies and graduated in January 2004 with a Master’s in Education and again in August 2008 with a Masters Degree in Social Work.

I went into this field because I wanted to give others what I did not have growing up, validation a voice and to be heard. My professor Doctor Petrie said I had the power of influence. This told me I could help influence things positively for those in my community. I have over two decades of experience in clinical mental health and leadership experience within nonprofit organizations including The Jewish Board, The Child Center of NY, Beth Israel Medical Center and others.

I care deeply about helping our community and feel that being a person of African descent automatically makes me responsible and indebted to my ancestors and my community. It is my duty to give back to the diaspora.

When I have encountered racism firsthand, I educated others on the ignorance and blatant prejudice that was being displayed but realistically, I with that racism never existed in the first place.

My clinical approach is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, meaning I talk with you about your history, your childhood, through recent experiences and how those things impact you and how you understand and operate in the world now. I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) which helps people access their own motivation to reach their goals and make change, as well as several Evidence Based models including Multisystemic Therapy, Functional Family Therapy.

Clients experience me as honest, insightful, and collaborative. I have been told I make them see things that they never knew they felt. Many have severe traumatic experiences that have never been labeled as such. Sometimes I am the first to put the label or give a name to a negative human experience.

I am three C’s: Crafty, Creative, Cat lady. One good thing to know about me is that I want to see everyone win!

Professional experience

30yrs in practice
Relationships Trauma, Abuse Self esteem, Motivation Career difficulties Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Communication Problems, Dependent Personality, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Infidelity, Jealousy, Military and Veterans Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Self-Love, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues

Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

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License information

NY LCSW 089540


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Tricha Menelas. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I really enjoy working with Tricha. She provides excellent feedback and really understands my feelings/concerns. I highly recommend her.

Written on Nov 30, 2023 after therapy with Tricha for 10 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

TRICHA has been very helpful already. Only 3 sessions in!!

Written on Nov 23, 2023 after therapy with Tricha for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Best therapist ive ever had. She is very direct and she is observant and an amazing listener. She has helped me deal with past trauma's and help me to be a better version of me. She is an amazing listener and attentive to your needs.

Written on Nov 15, 2023 after therapy with Tricha for 7 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

She is the absolute best. She has helped me change my life for the better. I needed someone to be direct with me, yet caring. She makes going to therapy a comfortable thing. 20/10 recommend!!!

Written on Oct 26, 2023 after therapy with Tricha for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

10/10 recommend

Written on Sep 20, 2023 after therapy with Tricha for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Great relationship therapist. She is very straightforward and will tell you what you need to know about yourself and how to deal with things. She really helped me process a breakup I went through and saved me a lot of added grief.

Written on May 22, 2023 after therapy with Tricha for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and grief