My name is Vanessa and I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida, Missouri, New Mexico and South Carolina. I am bilingual(English & Spanish) and can provide counseling in both languages. I am originally from New York and have made Florida my home. My clinical background in Mental Health began as an undergrad and continued through grad school, working for the public sector for the Department of Children & Families where I worked with children, then the elderly in skilled nursing facilities and with adolescents in group homes. I then went on to work as a Nurse Navigator and provided services that included counseling and advocacy for oncology patients at one of the largest cancer hospitals in South Florida. In addition to this, I have also worked with adults in inpatient rehab for substance abuse and court ordered treatment, and served outpatient clients in the LGBTQ community. My training is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Solution Focused, and many others that include treatment planning; where my goal is to get my client back to a normal baseline that they are comfortable with and can function in their daily life. I am an open minded, kindhearted and empathetic individual, where my mantra is that I am here for YOU, my job is to assist you in anyway that I can, and help you manage life's daily stressors that may be recent or long-term. I work daily to remove the stigma that Mental Health has in our society, because the reality is, we all have good and bad days, some just need some assistance and guidance on how to manage it better. I believe we are all one step away from a mental health crisis, life is one big roller coaster of stress, worry, emotion that all revolve around something changing in our life that we were not prepared for and do not know how to adjust to it. So my job is to help you navigate all of that and achieve happiness, peace and overall well being.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
In our first session, I will be doing motivational interviewing and talk therapy to get to know you better. I will ask questions to learn about your life, (your past, present, and future), and the areas you need help.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
My training is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Solution Focused, Positive Psychology and many others. I assign homework depending on the need and current issue to help you learn coping skills and manage your emotions and reactions to stressors better.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
Having worked in oncology for 10yrs, I am knowledgeable in grief, anger, anxiety and everything that comes with a cancer diagnosis. I am also able to assist in caregiver burnout, end of life planning and everything in between. Another field that I am experienced in is Substance Use, Trauma, Parenting and Relationships and phase of life problems which can include new career choices, pregnancy, menopause, and mood disorders.