It would be important for people I provide services, to know that I am very open and to the point. Even if you don't like my advice I will still be honest with you. I hold compassion for individuals who maybe experiencing any emotional distress/trauma. I will encourage one to always find a strength from within, because I believe we all have more strengths than we give ourselves credit for. Nothing is insurmountable in life, we may need to work on ourselves to be in a space we desire. Everyone deserves to be complete and not judged.
First and foremost barrier why people do not seek mental health care is the stigma of having a mental health need. We know all people despite their education, culture, socioeconomic status, age, sex can be affected/experience a mental health crisis. Some people feel society will view them as vulnerable or broken. Some people carry these feelings inside of them for years and never get the help they need. Another barrier of participating in mental health services include the lack of services. Government funding for mental health services has been deficient for decades, yet the need for mental health services continues to increase for all age groups. Some people may not even recognize they have a mental health need. People have lived with the symptoms of mental health disorders for so long, they believe it's normal or may not accept that they have a mental health need. Some mental health agencies may have limited times they are open, which poses a problem for people who are employed during the day or may not have jobs that offer paid time off ( vacation, sick or personal ) for them to participate in desired mental health services.
Key components of building a therapeutic alliance with a client, would be to provide mental health services that would make a client feel safe. Meaning, what we discuss and process is in a professionally safe place for a client to share their experiences, goals and feelings and not be judged. We would work together to determine goals, in which a client desires to focus on, goals that would enable them to have feel progress and/or fulfillment in their life. Helping the client to have a sense of empowerment verses vulnerability.
Drug addiction & abuse
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Adolescent mental health
All Savers Insurance
Nippon Life Insurance Company of America
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
NYS School Social Worker Certified-permanent
Department of Veterans Affairs: Training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression
Department of Veterans Affairs: Training in Moving Forward: Problem Solving Therapy
Department of Veterans Affairs: Police Training Handling Disruptive Behaviors
Child Welfare/Child Protective Services Supervisory Care Training Supervisory Therapeutic Foster Parent with Kinship Family of Agencies
Mandated Reporter Trained,
NY, LCSW, 082392-01
Masters in Social Work, University at Buffalo, NY
Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Nazareth College of Rochester, NY
I have been working in the social work field for the last 33 years. I enjoy the opportunity of working with individuals and families in a variety of settings. I have diverse experience that includes working individuals who have developmental disabilities ages 4- 80 years old. I very much enjoyed working for our Veterans as a Mental Health Lead in an Inpatient Drug Rehabilitation and Detox program, providing mental health assessment/diagnosis, individual and group therapies, medication monitoring and suicide prevention/intervention. I have also worked with homeless Veteran's in Texas, by assisting secure housing, mental /physical services they may need. Currently I work for my local school district, providing psychotherapy to students ages 12-21 years old.
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