My Approach to Helping
I am a bilingual/bicultural Clinical Social Worker, licensed in New Jersey and New York. I speak Spanish and have a knowledge of Portuguese. I have been practicing since 1997. This includes many years as a clinical supervisor/clinician in mental health supportive housing, Hospital and Outpatient Clinic settings in New York and New Jersey. Currently, I consult regularly with PerformCare- New Jersey which works with the Children's System of Care (CSOC), formerly the Division of Child Behavioral Health Services, to coordinate the care of children or young adults. Additionally, identify, classify and case manage students with learning or developmental disabilities in a New Jersey urban public school district.
In a warm and comfortable environment located in Nutley, NJ, I provide individual, couples and family counseling in a specific, individualized strengths based approach, tailored to the client. Mutually, we will work to cultivate strengths and attain agreed objectives concentrating on the following:
Cross cultural/Racial issues
Parenting and Family issues
Pre-marriage and pre-adoption counseling
Depression, Stress and Anxiety
Work and Career issues
Adoption and Infertility issues
I am committed to helping individuals, couples and families with behavioral, mental health, or emotional challenges while also helping them gain access to the services they need.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Therapy can provide insight and new perspectives into life's challenges and jointly we can help create solutions to difficult problems. Many people find that a therapist can enhance personal development, improve relationships and family dynamics, and can ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen is helpful. Overall, people in therapy tend to have lower levels of anxiety and stress, decreased conflict, and improved quality of life. Some of the benefits available from therapy include: Developing new skills for handling stress and anxiety Modifying unhealthy behavior and long-standing patterns Attaining insight into personal patterns and behavior Increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being Improving ways to manage anger, depression and moods Discovering new ways to solve problems Navigating life's obstacles more effectively Improving listening and communication skills Enhancing the overall quality of life.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Each therapy session is unique, catering to individual needs and goals. It's standard to talk about your primary challenges in life, and is common to schedule weekly sessions of 45-60 minutes. Some people facing especially challenging circumstances may need more time per session or multiple sessions per week. Therapy can be short-term, prioritizing a single issue, or longer-term, to promote personal growth and multiple issues.
I may ask you to follow up on what you have learned by taking specific actions outside of therapy, such as reading a book or keeping records to track your behavior. It's important to process our sessions between sessions, and to integrate them into your life. You must be an active participant in therapy to get the most out of it.