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Leonardo CustidianoLMHC

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What is your style/approach to therapy?

My experience, education, and training has led me to adopt an eclectic and integrative approach to therapy. This is because everyone has different needs and flexibility and adaptability are important in therapy. For instance, I can employ cognitive behavioral techniques if there is immediate need for symptom relief, but would move towards psychodynamic principles if there is a need to address the root cause of a psychological and/or emotional distress. Having said this, there are universal elements in my approach to therapy. First, the relationship between the client and the therapist would be a crucial focus of therapy. Second, there is an emphasis on the here and now, but I would never neglect someone's personal history, especially if they are effecting the present. Thirdly, goal setting would be a crucial part of therapy.

If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

Starting therapy for the first time can be an overwhelming feeling. Hesitancy and ambivalence about initiating therapy is not only common, but something that should be expected. This is because it is difficult to discuss personal matters with a complete stranger and there is a sense of ambiguity as far as what to expect as a result. If there is one thing I wish people knew about the therapy experience, it is that processing thoughts and feelings in a safe space has a curative and healing effect. Therapy provides a safe space that promotes free expression with a trained professional, a neutral party whose only agenda is to help the client. The therapist promotes an environment of understanding, empathy, and a non-judgmental stance. elements that are crucial in helping someone make meaningful connections between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

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

Goal setting is a crucial part of the counseling process. In order to determine therapy goals with my clients, I take into account that said goals should be individualized and centered around the needs of the client. To do so, I like to collaborate with clients to first carefully assess the presenting problem. Once this is defined through collaboration and careful assessment, we develop a desired outcome around said problem. The desired outcome could be something general, but as we develop our treatment plan, we break it down in a specific, measurable, relevant, and time-specific way. I think it is very important to take a significant amount of time on this process, as it is crucial to have some direction of where our journey would be taking us.

Specialties

Child mental health

Parenting issues

Substance abuse

Behavioral Issues

Alcohol addiction & abuse

General Expertise

ADHD

Anger management

Communication issues

Domestic violence

Drug addiction & abuse

Family issues

Oppositional & defiant behavior

Sports psychology

In-Network Insurance

Cigna

Fees

Family Therapy$125
Couples Therapy$125
Individual Therapy$100

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Individual Session

Clientele

Parents

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Psychoanalytic Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy

Training / Certifications

Post Master’s in Licensed Professional Counseling- Caldwell University

Licensure

  • Florida, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MH19226

Education

M.A. in Psychoanalysis-NY Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

B.S. in Psychology- University of Scranton

Work History

I have experience in various settings in the field of counseling. I have worked in a residential program that provided housing to adults struggling with mental illness and addiction. I have also provided family counseling to parents and teenagers with behavioral issues. Currently, I provide family counseling and prevention services to families that have been involved with the Department of Children & Families. As such, I have experience working issues such as domestic violence, trauma, parenting, life transitions, addictions, and coping with mental illness.

Frequently Asked Questions About Leonardo Custidiano, LMHC

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Leonardo Custidiano, LMHC, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Leonardo Custidiano accepting new clients?

Yes, Leonardo Custidiano is accepting new clients.

Does Leonardo Custidiano accept insurance?

Yes, Leonardo Custidiano accepts insurance, including Cigna.

What types of therapy does Leonardo Custidiano offer?

Leonardo Custidiano offers therapy for families and individuals.

Does Leonardo Custidiano offer in-person appointments?

No, but people in Florida can book Leonardo Custidiano for virtual appointments (teletherapy).

Does Leonardo Custidiano offer online therapy?

Yes, Leonardo Custidiano offers online therapy to people in Florida.

How quickly can I see Leonardo Custidiano?

Leonardo Custidiano typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Leonardo Custidiano speak?

Leonardo Custidiano conducts therapy sessions in English and Spanish.

Can I book an appointment with Leonardo Custidiano online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Leonardo Custidiano online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.