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Geraldine Leary, LCSW

Addictions Relationship issues Family conflicts Self esteem Depression
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About me

Life seems to continuously present challenges that seem overwhelming and difficult. Sometimes they catch up with you creating a stuck feeling. You find yourself taking side roads looking for relief while developing unhealthful coping skills to manage. Asking for help is always difficult, yet here you are taking a risk and reaching out.

My belief is that most people already have within them what they need to meet life challenges. You need a therapeutic approach and support to find your inner strengths, focus and desired outcome. I will meet you where you are at, provide a calm, nonjudgmental safe space. I will help you learn to quiet your mind, live in the moment, be present for your life and identify the tangible steps you need to take to achieve your desired goals.

I have over 30 years’ experience as a Licensed Social Worker working with Depression, Relationship challenges, Substance abuse, Dependencies, Co-occurring Disorders, Self Esteem and Anxiety. I draw from Cognitive Behavioral Treatment, Dialectic Behavioral Treatment, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Treatment and Dealing with Life on Life’s terms. My experience is extensive in Individual, Group, Family and Couples counseling. I have worked with ages 12 to 95 in settings of outpatient, residential, in-home, and inpatient both community based and hospital setting. My style is eclectic and driven by the unique needs of each individual. The treatment approach must match your needs. I listen for your strengths, patterns, and the internal dialog your story presents. I listen for the best way to approach helping you create a new chapter in your story.

My approach is to be present with you, respectful of you as a unique individual. I have been told I can be challenging in a “Carefrontational” way that feels safe. I will work hard to engage you in this joint venture to look at things in your life that may be getting in your way of being your best self. We will come up with a plan and goals to achieve what you want to work on.

Now that you have made the decision to seek therapeutic support. I want to help you achieve it. I look forward to working with you.

Professional experience

30yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue

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

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Best therapist I’ve ever had!! She is so kind

Written on Dec 12, 2022 after therapy with Geraldine for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Geri is wonderful at what she does and she does it very well. I highly recommend her to anyone needing help.

Written on Apr 29, 2022 after therapy with Geraldine for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and adhd

Outstanding knowledge, professionalism, and support. I am extremely happy to have had her as my therapist and help me figure things out. Cannot recommend enough!

Written on Dec 22, 2021 after therapy with Geraldine for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues

This is my first time with a therapist and I’ve struck gold with Geri. She listens and asks the right questions. I look forward to our weekly sessions. Thank you

Written on Nov 11, 2021 after therapy with Geraldine for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

She is very personable, knowledgeable and very competent at her job. Very wise lady

Written on Nov 05, 2021 after therapy with Geraldine for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Geraldine is great. She really helped me and listened and had some great ideas that helped.

Written on Nov 02, 2021 after therapy with Geraldine for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue