Annabella Batiz-McCandlish

LISW

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.

SPECIALTIES
Stress, Anxiety
Depression
Coping with life changes
Grief and Loss Issues

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

Years of Experience: 25


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LISW #I.0009275-SUPV (Expires: 2023-11-16)


Reviews

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.

Written by B.E. on May 25, 2022 after therapy with Annabella for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I’ve only had one meeting with Annabella so far, but she is amazing! So kind and understanding. She is so easy to talk to and provides worksheets that are so helpful! She’s the best!

Written by R.E. on May 12, 2022 after therapy with Annabella for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Annabella was wonderful to work with. She helped me cope with grief and gave me so many tools to tackle my anxiety. She was always kind and listened to everything I said with compassion. She pushed me when I needed to be pushed and I am in a much happier and healthier place today because of her.

Written by L.E. on May 12, 2022 after therapy with Annabella for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching,

Very helpful. Listens. And offers great insight.

Written by A.M. on Apr 26, 2022 after therapy with Annabella for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Annabella is outstanding. She has helped me work through my anxiety and self doubt to become a more confident person!

Written by T.E. on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with Annabella for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Annabella is a rare gem as a therapist! She is genuine and professional.

Written by P.E. on Mar 08, 2022 after therapy with Annabella for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and self esteem

She's great! I was really nervous for my first therapy session as I've never done this before. Within the first few minutes I knew that Annabella was the best therapist I could have been matched with. She is professional, down to earth, extremely knowledgeable, and fun to talk to! I always look forward to our sessions :)

Written by H.A. on Feb 27, 2022 after therapy with Annabella for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and adhd

I think she’s the best

Written by E.M. on Feb 21, 2022 after therapy with Annabella for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and eating disorders

Greatest therapist of all time!

Written by H.A. on Dec 17, 2021 after therapy with Annabella for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, anger management, and compassion fatigue

Ms Batiz-McCandlish has great empathy for me in my distress. She has a candid yet professional way of telling me to not make excuses for others' contributing behaviours. I feel very safe with her because I can tell that she listens to me, from the way she is able to follow my life story. I particularly love the way she answers my questions fully, which is very satisfying. Although she is from the US and I am from Singapore, we are able to communicate well because she sees me as a person, and not a nationality. I additionally find therapy helpful in general, as opposed to self-help in this area, because of the way a trained professional is able to sequence things in their rightful order for me.

Written by A.M. on Dec 08, 2021 after therapy with Annabella for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues

She’s so nice and comforting to talk to and I feel confident that I’ll get the help I need from her.

Written by A.L. on Nov 25, 2021 after therapy with Annabella for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Extremely lovely and supportive, helped me in many ways that i could get rid of the pain i used to have, and a great person to chat with, amazing helpful and great friend to have

Written by M.O. on Nov 23, 2021 after therapy with Annabella for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and parenting issues

Annabella isn’t just an impressive bio, she’s also a very kind, caring and responsive therapist. She was an excellent match for me from the start and even in our first couple of weeks I have felt like the advice and responses she’s provided have been very helpful. We’ve only had one live session so far and she immediately set me at easy. I felt Ike I could have talked with her for hours. Great experience so far

Written by A.S. on Nov 22, 2021 after therapy with Annabella for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Annabella was my third therapist on the app. I was about to give up but third time is the charm! She listens but isn’t afraid to call me out ( in a nice way) on my crap if I need some though love. I’m also glad she checks in on me because sometime I can try to hide from my problems. I talk to her like a friend and it wasn’t hard to connect with her.

Written by L.E. on Nov 17, 2021 after therapy with Annabella for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

I have had not hit it off with therapists in the past but as soon as Annabella and I had our first meeting, I knew I was in good hands. She understands my needs and helped me find my goals when I wasn't sure what my goals were to begin with but I knew I needed help. Now anytime I am feeling down or frustrated, I know can message her and she can get back to me in a timely manner.

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