My name is Chloe Novatka. I am currently a master’s Student Intern at Helping Moon and will be graduating from Nova Southeastern University in August of 2023 with my degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (future LMHC). Since beginning my internship experience here and working with clients one-on-one and in groups, I know that I was meant for this work and am (what feels like finally) getting closer to having the career of my dreams! I have been enjoying helping clients overcome self- doubt, depression, anxiety, and exploring past traumas. I take an active role within the counseling relationship by helping clients identify thoughts, feelings, and habits that may be preventing them from living the life they’ve always wanted.
I aim to help guide you towards mental freedom by adjusting learned automatic, irrational thoughts into realistic statements that lead you closer to your goals. As all of this may sound very appealing and exciting, or maybe even unrealistic from where you currently are, I want to take a few steps back and ensure you that together, we will go at the pace of your choice. In therapy, nothing is more important to me than being present with you during your process. I aim to shine a light on the tools you already have to overcome mental barriers put in place by past experiences. While I enjoy keeping you on task and active throughout this process, I enjoy laughing with my clients and bringing humor into therapy as well. Laughter is a true healer of the soul. Society frequently demands us to be our very serious, adult selves in a variety of settings, so in session, allowing your inner child to laugh, play, and heal is highly acceptable!
My educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. Although seemingly unrelated to the psychology field, I believe in preventative medicine including exercising, movement, and mindfulness that all fall under the umbrella of my undergraduate studies. I work on my own “mental fitness” through practicing exercise, meditation, and gratitude in my personal life. I have done a great deal of reflecting and overcoming a lot through my own personal therapy as well. Being in the seat of the client has allowed me to strive to be more of the therapist I always wanted.
One of my favorite quotes is one by Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This quote drives my active presence in the therapeutic relationship as someone who is with you on your journey.