Michelle Castellani

(MSW, LCSW)

About Me

I am an MSW,LCSW that has spent most of my career in the healthcare field. In that setting I have learned a lot of crisis intervention skills and adjustment problem coping skills as people generally go through a period of crisis while trying to adjust to a new illness and all that can go along with that. I have also been in private practice since 2007 and the bulk of my patients suffer with anxiety disorders (panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, etc.); Depression/Bipolar disorder; Eating disorders; Relationship struggles; Anger and OCD.

I have a Masters in Social Work and a clinical license in Social Work which allows me to be in private practice. I also have gone through a lot of training on Mindfulness (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course) where I have learned how to practice mindfulness and meditation to name a few. It is a very powerful coping tool but not everyone is open to it. Therefore I am use CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) along with a Strengths Perspective. Using the CBT allows us to understand how our thoughts affect how we feel and then how we behave, which can also be enlightening. The Strengths Perspective gets us in touch with a person's strengths, because regardless of what we are dealing with we all have strengths and using them to build upon in the spirit of solving the problem @ hand. Sometimes we arent even aware of the skills we already have or how to use them to help ourselves in our current state. My approach can also be a combination of what is listed above but the most important way to help someone is to listen and then be able to understand/diagnose the problem clearly because we cant solve a problem without knowing what it truly is.

I believe we all have the ability to embrace change when we are ready and truly enjoy helping people along that journey!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family
  • Grief
  • Eating

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related, Sleeping, Parenting, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar, Depression

Years of Experience: 12

Licensing

LCSW #44SC05295300 (Expires: 2018-08-31)


Reviews

Written by S.H. on Sep 18, 2017 after counseling with Michelle for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career

Michelle is thoughtful, a good listener, positive and eager to help.

Written by S.A. on Aug 15, 2017 after counseling with Michelle for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

Michelle has helped me through my emotional roller coaster that I call my life. Thanks!

Written by J.U. on Jul 28, 2017 after counseling with Michelle for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, family, intimacy-related, self esteem, and depression

Michelle is a great listener. I have only just started but have felt that she truly enjoys to talk about how I'm feeling and come up with solutions together.

Written by C.A. on Jul 19, 2017 after counseling with Michelle for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, sleeping, self esteem, career, and bipolar

Michelle has been very helpful and supportive, giving me advice and feedback. She's even called me when I was having a very difficult time.

Written by F.U. on Jun 23, 2017 after counseling with Michelle for 3 weeks addictions

Michelle is empathetic. Very respectful. Non-judgmental.

Written by B.I. on Apr 12, 2017 after counseling with Michelle for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, sleeping, and self esteem

Michelle is a professional and knows her job very well. Very satisfying experience with her and very helpful.

Written by C.H. on Mar 08, 2017 after counseling with Michelle for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, eating, sleeping, self esteem, and bipolar

Extremely helpful! Very insightful and helped me through a lot of issues.

Written by J.I on Nov 28, 2016 after counseling with Michelle for 3 months family, intimacy-related, and sleeping

Very good.