New England Counseling and Consulting

Serving Teens and Adults in CT and MA

Meet Destiny

Pronouns: She/They

A LGBTQ+ and racial justice-allied therapist who uses a trauma-informed and somatic-focused approach to address a variety of issues, including neurodiversity, disordered eating, and posttraumatic stress.

Serving clients in CT and MA

Destiny Henkel, LICSW
Destiny Henkel, LICSW

All About Destiny

Destiny specializes in helping adults located in MA and CT with anxiety, burnout, depression, neurodiversity, disordered eating, addictive behaviors, and LGBTQ+ issues. Her personal and professional journey fuels his passion for supporting those who struggle emotionally due to their unique life experiences.

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Destiny helps you challenge negative thought patterns and develop a more positive sense of self. She can help you develop new ways of thinking which will improve your outlook on life and gain more confidence in your relationship with yourself and others.

She also utilizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which emphasizes mindfulness and the development of emotional regulation skills. DBT equips clients with strategies to manage intense emotions and respond to emotional triggers in healthier ways.

In addition, Destiny is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (A.R.T) This form of therapy can help people quickly resolve strong emotions from negative or traumatic experiences.

Message Destiny today to schedule a free consultation so you can discuss your needs and learn more about how she can help you move forward in your mental health journey.

Destiny is accepting new clients and has openings during the day, nights, and weekends.

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What insurance do you take?

Aetna, United Healthcare, Optum, Oxford, Oscar, and many more. You can see a full list of companies I'm in network with here. You can also check your coverage and get the estimated cost per session at our billing companies website.

How would your clients describe you?

I am a warm, open-minded, and personable. I use a holistic approach and create a safe space for clients to process difficult thoughts and emotions.

What is your approach to therapy?

I use empathy and active listening to ensure clients feel heard and understood. I help clients examine various thinking or behavioral patterns that are holding them back from living their best life. I provide gentle guidance and support as they navigate through challenging experiences, empowering them to explore and express themselves authentically.

I also utilize a somatic-focused and trauma-informed approach to care. Understanding the connection between mind and body is essential in order to sort through distorted thinking patterns that stem from stress and trauma. I believe that connecting to how emotions manifest in physical sensations can be foundational in sorting through distorted thinking patterns that stem from stress and trauma. I use this approach in addition to Accelerated Resolution Therapy, a transformative technique that helps clients accelerate their healing from previous trauma.

Why did you become a therapist?

Throughout my life, I've had a special talent for forging deep connections with individuals, fostering an environment where they feel secure in exploring their thoughts and emotions. Guiding clients through tough experiences and emotions is deeply fulfilling, and witnessing their growth and progress is immensely rewarding.

What is your educational background?

When I was in my undergraduate program, I gravitated toward psychology with a focus on the impacts of trauma. Initially, I thought that I wanted to stay in the field of psychology because of how intrigued I was by the neuroscience aspects. Over time, I came to realize that I wanted to work directly with people who have been impacted by stress and trauma to connect and provide support for them. I chose social work because it had more focus on intersectionality when it comes to addressing mental health. I obtained my Masters in Social Work in 2020, and I've been working directly with teens and adults since then.

What other professional experiences have you had?

I've worked in a variety of settings, including an in home therapy program for teens and families with significant mental health struggles. I have also worked in a community health setting where I served teens and adults struggling with a wide range of mental health issues.

What else should I know about you?

In my free time I enjoy reading non-fiction and true crime books, spending time with friends and my cat (Gnocci).

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