Catherine CarballeiraLCSW

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How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

The client is definitely in the driver’s seat when it comes to therapeutic goals. Exploring what the client wants early on in treatment is crucial to the success of our relationship. The goals can always change and that will come from the client.

What’s the most profound, insightful, or interesting thing you’ve learned as a mental health professional?

I learn all the time from my clients! It is definitely a two-way street. I have been in awe at times at what my clients have struggled with, and how they continue to survive trauma, betrayal, long term disappointment and personal and professional loss and grief. Being “in their corner” during these most difficult times is a privilege.

In what ways does your personality influence your approach to therapy?

People describe me as compassionate person with a “soothing way.” In my relationships and friendships, I value empathy, the ability to listen deeply and reflect back what I hear. Communication is crucial! I consider myself a curious, lifelong learner and appreciate diverse cultures, philosophies and points of view. There is nothing you can tell me that will surprise or shock me.



Relationship Issues

Borderline Personality Disorder

Race & Cultural Identity

Social Anxiety

General Expertise


Work Stress


Impulse control issues

Medical professionals' mental health

Mood disorders

Oppositional & defiant behavior

Panic attacks & panic disorder



First Session


Family Therapy


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Family Session

Group Session

Individual Session



Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Children (5-12)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Culturally Sensitive Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Expressive Arts Therapy

Family Systems Therapy


Training / Certifications

LCSWR-Psychotherapy privilege

CASAC-Master Counselor

CHt-Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification

SIFI certification


NY, LCSW, 073124


PhD, Social Work, Stony Brook University

MSW, Social Work, Adelphi University

MPhil and MA, History, Columbia University

BA, Art History, Barnard College, Columbia University

Work History

I began working in a residential treatment center for psychiatrically disturbed children and adolescents (Astor Home) and was trained in Structural Family Therapy. I then moved to work in clinics with adults who were psychiatrically impaired and struggling with drug and alcohol issues. I was trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and learned how to help clients develop coping skills and use mindfulness. I returned to study for my PhD and worked on a Native American Reservation for five years. I then worked for three years with immigrants and refugees who had severe trauma. Currently, I have had a private practice for several years and work at an agency as a co-occurring disorder specialist (Behavioral health and addictions). I have been teaching online and in brick and mortar social work programs for MSW and PhD students.


25 Chelsea Drive, SmIthtown, 11787, NY