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Annabella Batiz-McCandlish, LISW

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and 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

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

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 patient, perceptive and kind. She really listens and offers strategies, resources and options, while letting me decide what solutions work for me. She took the time to identify my goals, and is helping me achieve them.

Written on May 24, 2023 after therapy with Annabella for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I love her, she listens to me with empathy and compassion.

Written on May 12, 2023 after therapy with Annabella for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, and self esteem

Annabella has been great. She listens and is very quick to offer help. Annabella has been very helpful to me on my journey.

Written on May 05, 2023 after therapy with Annabella for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and bipolar disorder

Annabella is WONDERFUL! She has helped me so much in such a short period of time and seems to really understand the core issues to help me better understand my thoughts and feelings.

Written on Apr 01, 2023 after therapy with Annabella for 3 months 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

She was so great and listening and helping me through a lot of hard situations and anxiety I was experiencing.

Written on Mar 25, 2023 after therapy with Annabella for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Annabella is an amazing person! She was kind, compassionate, and understanding. She gave me my life back!

Written on Mar 17, 2023 after therapy with Annabella for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues