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Annabella Batiz-McCandlish, LISW

Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Grief Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

I have over twenty five years of social work experience, most of my years of experience are in a clinical setting combined with both clinical and supervisory and administrative duties. I have successfully completed both a Bachelor in Social Work and a Master in Social Work from Rutgers University, specializing in direct practice with children and families and a MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University with a focus on healthcare. I serve individuals and couples ages from 12 into late adulthood. I have experience in work with veterans, woman issues, mood and anxiety disorders. My experience includes a plethora of clinical internships to post-graduate employment, whereas I have conducted individual, family and group counseling with veterans, and victims of domestic violence and individuals diagnosed with mental illness and chemical dependence, social research application and clinical case management. Some of my other employment skills and responsibilities include individual and family treatment planning, conducting psychosocial assessments, providing client advocacy, acting as a psychiatric consultant to several emergency departments, and coordinating and facilitating socialization and therapeutic activities for both children and adult clientele. I also have experience in long-term care working in the case management department at several hospitals. My approach to therapy starts with taking the time to build a therapeutic rapport. A treatment plan will be established and the goals of therapy will be defined by you . I provide the safe structured space. I like to use a strengths model and cognitive behavior framework to address your identified concerns. This collaborative approach will allow for the best outcomes-whatever those objective defined goals you have identified. We will periodically review your treatment plan to make sure we are on course and adjust/add/resolve goals as needed to stay focused. Lastly, it takes courage and strength to acknowledge you need more support in order to overcome or learn to cope with obstacles in your life. Please know I am here to hold space with you, help you over come barriers, learn coping skills and focus and build your existing and additional strengths.

Stress, Anxiety
Coping with life changes
Grief and Loss Issues

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing

Years of Experience: 25

Professional experience

20yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Grief Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment issues, Blended Family Issues, Body image, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Midlife crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and financial issues, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy and childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social anxiety and phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered


License information

OH LISW I.0009275-SUPV


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Annabella Batiz-McCandlish. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Annabella is flexible, resourceful, thoughtful. She is helping me gain insight into why I do some of the things I do and how I can make changes that I want to make

Written on May 05, 2024 after therapy with Annabella for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

So professional and understanding. I feel extremely lucky to have been matched with Annabella!

Written on Feb 01, 2024 after therapy with Annabella for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Incredible. She is an invaluable resource and helped me so incredibly much! She is easy (and fun!) to talk to and has so much to offer.

Written on Jan 09, 2024 after therapy with Annabella for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Working with Annabella has changed my life. It has helped me to find myself and work through struggles in my marriage, with my in-laws, and at work. The power of perception is an amazing thing, and so is Annabella!

Written on Dec 11, 2023 after therapy with Annabella for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management

Annabella has been very helpful and quick to work through things I struggle with and get to the root cause of years of stress and trauma. She has provided tools to help with daily struggles and needs as well as prompted me in ways that have surfaced issues stemming back to my childhood and early adult life.

Written on Dec 04, 2023 after therapy with Annabella for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management

Annabella is amazing at listening, being genuine, getting down to the root of opportunities, but the conversation is very natural & she gives amazing insight & tools to help manage, emotions, behaviors and overall outcomes. I highly recommend Annabella as a therapist.

Written on Oct 09, 2023 after therapy with Annabella for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, coaching, and adhd