I am a highly motivated and dedicated Board Certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). My motivation to learn and explore the similarities and differences among us spreads across the human development spectrum from working with toddlers to Vietnam War Veterans. I commissioned in the U.S. Navy and completed my Master of Social Work at the AMEDD Center and School at Fort Same Houston, San Antonio, Texas. I completed my clinical hours at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and Lake City Veterans Hospital before reporting to my first duty station in Naples, Italy. I have seven years of post-graduate experience working with Civilians, Veterans, Military personnel, and their families. I have a diverse career that has ranged in many settings to include Inpatient/Outpatient Mental Health, Hospital Case Management, Emergency Care, Pain Rehabilitation, and Trauma.
My belief: Therapy is a collaborative, cooperative, problem-solving process, which actively involves both the client and their counselor to bring about emotional or behavioral change. It is a proactive, healthy approach to managing life stressors, working through past trauma, developing coping skills, improving communication, and changing behavior. Therapy is also a deeply personal experience that can take various forms, depending on the preferences of the client and the approach of the therapist. It is also a relationship between client and therapist that allows for change to take place in a safe, caring environment without fear of consequences or judgment.
I look forward to helping you achieve your goals and meet the best version of yourself.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Codependency , Communication Problems , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Divorce and Separation , Emptiness , Expats , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Immigration Issues , Impulsivity , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Military and Veterans Issues , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Narcissism , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Posttraumatic Stress , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #SW13593 (Expires: 2023-03-31)
I have had bad experiences with therapists in the past, but Vanessa helped restore my faith in therapy! She has made me feel like one of her close friends while still remaining professional and holding me accountable. I am very grateful for her informed suggestions, non judgmental attitude, and levity. She offers the empathetic and competent perspective I have needed.
I was nervous about starting therapy because I didn’t know how I felt about telling a stranger about my my deepest, darkest thoughts. But Vanessa has made me feel safe since the very beginning and she has become more like a friend to me.
In a short period of time Vanessa was able to gain my confidence and trust. She listens and validates my experiences, while offering helpful insights. She taught me to be gentler and kinder to myself. She speaks with knowledge and compassion. I am glad she was my first therapist because she has been an amazing resource and a confidant.
My sessions with her are really helping me to start working on my mental health step by step. She is very responsive and she is always on time. I feel comfortable to talk to her.