Hello and Welcome!
My name is Vanessa and I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida, Missouri, & New Mexico. I am bilingual(English & Spanish) and can provide counseling in both languages. I am originally from New York and moved to South Florida for college and never left. I have lived in South Florida for over 15 years and have built both a family and career here, I guess the sunny warm weather made it hard to go back :-)
My clinical background in Mental Health began as an undergrad and continued through grad school, working for the public sector for the Department of Children & Families where I worked with children, then the elderly in skilled nursing facilities and with adolescents in group homes. I then went on to work and provide services that include counseling and advocacy for oncology patients at one of the largest cancer hospitals in South Florida. In addition to this, I have also worked with adults in inpatient rehab for substance abuse and court ordered treatment, and served outpatient clients in the LGBTQ community.
My training is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Solution Focused, and many others that include treatment planning; where my goal is to get my client back to a normal baseline that they are comfortable with and can function in their daily life. I am an open minded, kindhearted and empathetic individual, where my mantra is that I am here for YOU, my job is to assist you in anyway that I can, and help you manage life's daily stressors that may be recent or long-term. I work daily to remove the stigma that Mental Health has in our society, because the reality is, we all have good and bad days, some just need some assistance and guidance on how to manage it better. I believe we are all one step away from a mental health crisis, life is one big roller coaster of stress, worry, emotion that all revolve around something changing in our life that we were not prepared for and do not know how to adjust to it. So my job is to help you navigate all of that and achieve happiness, peace and overall well being.
You are more than welcomed to message me through BetterHelp, and be proud that seeking assistance for yourself is one of the bravest things we as human beings can do for ourselves is admit when we need help. My schedule is flexible and am able to provide services in the evenings to accommodate the working person.
Session hours: EST
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
MO LCSW 2022020265
NM LCSW SWB-2023-1008
FL LCSW SW16806
She always makes time for me and checks in on me when my schedule is a little irregular. She's very compassionate and does a great job of listening and helping me sort things out. I have never stuck with therapy because I felt like I was constantly being judged and evaluated, but none of that happens here. She offers a safe place where I can share any and everything. She has helped me so much.
Written on Sep 22, 2023 after therapy with Vanessa for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coaching
Very knowledgeable and resourceful as well as caring and is focused on obtainable actions to find solutions as needed.
Written on May 04, 2023 after therapy with Vanessa for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes
Vanessa’s really good at making you feel normal again. I thought I was going crazy and there was something horrible wrong with me, but she assured me it’s just life stressors, and I could be overthinking it (she was correct). It made me feel like a real person.
Written on Apr 12, 2023 after therapy with Vanessa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and adhd
Vanessa is an amazing support! I love the resources she gifts me too!
Written on Mar 13, 2023 after therapy with Vanessa for 1 month on issues concerning coping with life changes
She is so empathetic and is a Great listener!
Written on Feb 17, 2023 after therapy with Vanessa for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, adhd, trauma and abuse, anger management, and compassion fatigue
Vanessa makes talking really easy and establishes a safe environment to work in. Very appreciative of her.
Written on Jan 18, 2023 after therapy with Vanessa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes