Imari Hardon(she/her) is an interning Mental Health Counselor completing her Master’s at New York University. Additionally, she is on the journey to becoming a Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama. Imari holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama (musical theater concentration) from Carnegie Mellon University. Previous to her foray into the mental health field, Imari worked professionally in stage, television, and production, including performing for five years in Avenue Q off-Broadway and acting as associate producer for Broadway Sessions. After years of mental health advocacy, Imari has found the perfect marriage of her passions for theatre and helping people in her pursuit of mental health counseling. She blends her entertainment background with her psychology and counseling training to create a dynamic and experiential counseling style. Imari is supervised by Kimberly Hershenson, MA, LCSW who has experience as an entertainer, entertainment lawyer and therapist for entertainers.
Imari feels that a therapeutic relationship based on collaboration, trust and respect is essential for an effective journey towards psychological healing, growth and well-being. Her areas of focus include interpersonal issues, social anxiety, self-image/esteem issues, depression, anxiety, trauma recovery and issues specific to artists. As a Black woman in America, and a proud misfit, Imari understands first hand what it is like to be misunderstood, and the importance of being heard and seen authentically. Utilizing the same philosophy she used to develop a theater character’s back story, Imari’s clinical approach is to work with her clients to develop a culturally conscious understanding of how you got to where you are, and to co-construct a plan for how you want to get where you want to go. Imari’s approach is an eclectic integration that includes psychodynamic techniques, psychodrama, drama therapy, narrative therapy, Internal Family Systems therapy, and yoga. She can be reached at imariMHC@gmail.com or call her at (347) 903-0087.