Diane Cleary

(LCSW-R, ACSW)

About Me

Hello! My name is Diane Cleary. (pronouns she/her)

Welcome! You have taken the first step on the road to improve your life and your well-being. Congratulations. This is not always an easy thing to do and I know you may feel a bit uneasy about taking this step. I am here for you!!

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 27 years of experience providing prevention, psychoeducation, individual and group therapy to adults, women, young people, children, and their families. Through my own unique experiences both in the field and personally, I have expertise on how trauma changes the brain and how emotional challenges affect the lives of the entire family. The good news is that the brain can be rewired to improve thoughts and feelings that can lead to improved mood and decreased anxiety!

First and foremost in my work is building a trusting, therapeutic and non-judgmental relationship. From this relationship, issues can be worked on using a variety of therapeutic techniques that I have learned over the years. For the first 7 years of my career, I worked with adolescents and young adults who were in the foster care system and resided in group homes. I also provided supervision and training to the staff. These youngsters had tremendous issues that they faced such as abuse and neglect, abandonment, loss, issues with substance abuse, depression and anxiety, and a variety of traumas. There, I learned how important a trusting therapeutic relationship can be. Providing a safe and trusting space to express oneself without fear of judgment is paramount to the therapeutic process. I still hear from these former clients from time to time who are now in their 30’s. It fills me with great pride and joy as they thank me for being there for them at such a crucial time in their lives.

I have also worked in a mental health clinic, as well as specializing in women's issues such as domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse. For the past 21 years, I have been a School Social Worker. I worked in an elementary school for two years, but have spent most of my career working with adolescents providing prevention, education, crisis intervention, and individual and group therapy to teens and their families. I have also provided parenting skills training as needed in those situations that required that intervention. I have particular expertise in dealing with crisis situations and trauma.

I have an eclectic approach to therapy and am a DBT informed therapist and a Trauma-informed therapist. I continue to attend continuing education workshops as often as I can to keep up to date on the latest treatment modalities. I incorporate mindfulness into my practice including strategies from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, Client-Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, solution-focused therapy, family systems theory, and more. I have experience in a wide variety of areas but have most often worked with depression and anxiety, trauma and abuse, crisis and self-harm issues, social skill issues, parenting issues, and substance use, I have also worked with issues of sexuality.

I honor my relationships with my clients and strive to provide a safe therapeutic environment. If you feel that I may be a good fit for you or for, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.


Specialties

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

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 27

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #R045759-1 (Expires: 2022-08-31)


Reviews

Written by J.O. on Jul 22, 2021 after counseling with Diane for 1 month on issues concerning family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Diane is an amazing. With her non-judgmental attitude and approach it’s easy to talk to her! She’s a great listener and I look forward to our sessions. Highly recommend!!

Written by A.N. on Jun 27, 2021 after counseling with Diane for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, and adhd

Diane is the best! She is helping me tremendously.

Written by A.L. on Jun 22, 2021 after counseling with Diane for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Diane has done amazing work and I highly recommend her to anybody looking for assistance. She is receptive, non judgemental, and a great person to interact with. She does good work and her methods have been effective in solving the issues I have face. She shows genuine care and concern for your problems and does not judge you or your issues. She great at grounding you and helps you understand that your issues are solvable if you're willing to put in the work. Highly recommended!!!

Written by A.C. on May 13, 2021 after counseling with Diane for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

She’s been great so far!

Written by A.L. on May 06, 2021 after counseling with Diane for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

I have had very negative experiences with talk therapy before finding Diane. She has completely transformed my understanding of what talk therapy can be, initiating a trajectory for healing that has saved my life. Diane also shares documents, links, and other resources with me weekly which has made the entirety of my experience cohesive and sustainable. Couldn't recommend her enough!

Written by A.L. on Mar 30, 2021 after counseling with Diane for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Diane is a wonderful soul who actively listens to my concerns and helps me figure out ways of healing and growing as a person. She is kind and supportive and very knowledgeable but also knows when to step back and recommend outside assistance. A wonderful counselor.

Written by D.A. on Mar 09, 2021 after counseling with Diane for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Diane is phenomenal. She is very engaging and understanding and relates so well. I am beyond grateful to have been matched with her.

Written by C.O. on Feb 28, 2021 after counseling with Diane for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

She has help me tremendously. Each session I’ve had with Diane I have walked away feeling like I’ve made progress. She has gone above and beyond sending me helpful information and practices to keep up with after sessions. I feel heard and listened to and I respect and value her thoughts.

Written by L.A. on Nov 15, 2020 after counseling with Diane for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Mrs. Cleary is amazing! She’s very helpful, patient and extremely kind. She makes me feel very understood and welcomed

Written by K.. on Nov 12, 2020 after counseling with Diane for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse

Diane is very empathetic, understands my issues very well, gives good advice, remembers everything I tell her and is genuinely invested in my well being.