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Our core beliefs & history

Therapy for a better life

We believe that caring for emotional health is the foundation for a better life.

The importance of the therapist

Positive change for clients is most achievable when talented & committed therapists are fully supported, so they can focus on doing their best work.

Emotional health in America

Our broader goal is to make taking care of emotional health just as common as taking care of physical health. “We educate our minds, care for our bodies, yet often neglect our emotional health.”

Therapy is for everyone

We believe in using modern digital communication to be highly accessible to a wide variety of clients. We reach people who may not have otherwise considered therapy.

Clinical philosophy

We believe that what best helps clients to build emotional health is the quality, commitment and skillfulness of the clinician, irrespective of the school of thought that the clinician comes from (i.e. psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral, gestalt, emotion-focused, etc). We deeply respect & support all of the therapeutic traditions, schools and tools that June Health therapists utilize to help clients achieve results.

June Health’s beginning lies at the intersection of a personal story and a changing landscape in America.

Throughout most of my life, I felt that things were on an upward trajectory, with ups and downs, but overall each year being better than the one before. I just assumed that’s how it was supposed to work. However, in my 30s, first slowly, then all at once, this reversed.

I spent most of that decade trying to make several very unhealthy relationships work, both personally and professionally. As I approached 40, my life was worse on all fronts than it had been 10 years before. I felt empty on the inside, and questioned what the point of all this was. For all the education and fancy degrees I had accumulated, I really had no idea how to fix it. And the friends and family I spoke to, really didn’t understand why someone who had accomplished all I had, felt the way I did.

Then, on a cold, winter morning in early 2015, after a long night of drinking and chain smoking, I awoke feeling bad – really bad. I knew I needed help — professional help. I called multiple therapy offices in New York City and either got their voicemail or heard “I can fit you in… in about 3 weeks.” Finally, I found someone who could see me immediately – 50 minutes away by train in Hartsdale, New York. I got on the train and walked another 20 minutes from the station in nearly a foot of snow. That was a game changing decision for me. 

Fast forward 4 years. After seeing a few different therapists and doing a lot of work on myself, my life is completely different. My priorities are clear and my emotional health is in a very different place. And I couldn’t be more grateful. 

Enter June Health. 

Over the past 2 years or so, as I looked out onto my future, I knew that with my background and experience there were many professional opportunities I could pursue. But none appealed to me nearly as much as the idea of starting a modern, efficiently-run and well respected therapy practice that would be accessible and helpful to people in need. A place where therapists could do their best work, where therapy clients could get maximum support and the highest quality help to heal, grow and change their lives. 

So I began to look for a partner. I interviewed over 30 different clinicians. Then I met Chris Kingman, and it was clear to both of us within minutes that we had a shared vision and similar set of core values. Over the course of 6 months Chris and I rolled up our sleeves and got to work, and in the process we became friends & close colleagues. In March 2019 we were ready, and we launched June Health with shared beliefs in the power of therapy to give everyone a better life, and the growing need for these services in America.

We believe that everyone can benefit from prioritizing his or her emotional health – the 3rd and forgotten pillar of health in America. We educate our minds through countless years of schooling, we spend hours worrying about our diet and going to the gym, yet shockingly, we spend so little time and effort on taking care of what is probably most important for our success & happiness – our emotional health. How we deal with our ingrained thought patterns and feelings has so much impact on our path towards either happiness or pain. As the saying goes, “with our minds, so we make the world.”   At June Health, we believe that caring for your emotional health is the way to a better life. 

Respectfully,

Steve Shaheen

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