When roadblocks, difficult emotions or major transitions present themselves in life, we have an opportunity to grow. Therapy is a space to gain perspective, examine our lives, and engage in purposeful movement forward. My passion as a therapist is to see individuals tap into their own unique gifts and strengths as they create a life that brings them meaning. I believe that one of the most essential parts of the therapy process is a sense of safety to be oneself while working with someone who genuinely cares. This creates a backdrop from which you can explore thoughts and emotions and thrive in the uncertainty of change.
I am a licensed Social Worker in NYS & received my Masters from Stony Brook University. My goal is to provide a safe, nonjudgemental space and help you better understand, resolve and build skills to assist in coping with any challenges and/or trauma in your life. I have over five years of experience working with adolescents and adults focusing on issues in mental health and substance abuse. Speciality areas of my practice are addiction, co-dependency, co-occurring disorders, individuals, family and couples therapy.
Humans are unique individuals whom experience emotions differently; this uniqueness means that there is not one therapeutic approach that works for all. I bring this perspective into the therapeutic relationship and believe that every person has the capacity for self growth. Every person is different with how they process emotion; it is important that we work together to find what works best for you. I believe every person has the ability to become the version of themselves they always wanted to be.
Do you experience depression and anxiety? Maybe you’ve experienced trauma and don’t know where to turn for help coping with memories and daily reminders of what happened to you? Maybe you struggle with disordered eating? Do you want to heal your relationship with food?
I know how important the early years are for both caregivers and their babies. Helping clients build strong relationships throughout the lifespan using a strengths-based perspective is the foundation of my work. When times get difficult, I work with clients to get back on track using their proven strengths and talents while utilizing a collaborative approach to facilitate healing.
My clients throughout the years are looking for deeper answers and solutions to everyday problems. They are seeking ways to manage areas of direction, insecurity, depression, self control, anger, interpersonal conflicts, clarity of life purpose, anxiety, problem solving solution skill building. They are trying to find ways to breakthrough and to stop having life live them and instead learning ways to live their life.
Ever wonder why you end up falling into the same patterns of behavior over and over? Why you battle the same worries again and again? Why you are stuck in the same discontent? I believe I can help you find the answers to these questions, and finally break the cycle.
Hello and thank you for viewing my profile! I enjoy treating a diversity of clients, from teenagers through seniors. Most have issues of anxiety, depression, stress-management, identity, ADHD, bipolar disorder, relationships, life changes, family, grief, school, or career. I am very LGBTQIA+ allied. I am easy to talk to and non-judgmental. I love helping people uncover their untapped strengths and resources, and to assist in guiding them through life's many difficulties. I consider my practice style to be Eclectic, meaning that I draw from several theoretical orientations, and utilize what best fits each client's particular needs.
I have experience working with children and adolescents, as well as adults. I have worked with clients who have clinical diagnoses, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, behavioral issues, ADHD, and social skills deficits. I also have experience with clients coping with family member who has diagnosis of dementia and/or Alzheimer's. I will be there to support you in making changes to alleviate these stressors.
Are you having problems in your relationships with others or feeling disconnected from your partner, family members, friends or coworkers? I specialize in connections, our connections to each other, which I believe are critical to our health, sense of security and our ability to experience happiness. We need each other to thrive in all stages of our lives. I can guide you in strengthening these connections and making choices in relationships that support your mental, emotional and physical health and growth.
Dawn’s genuine nature, kindness, and sense of humor enables her to develop strong connections with her clients. Her non-judgmental, open, honest approach allows her to remain client-centered, offering a warm and safe space for any individual walking into her office. Dawn has over 25 years of experience in both High School and Middle School settings working with children and teens. In addition to her years as a school-based social worker, Dawn holds a certification in school administration and has served many years as a special education and 504 chairperson.
I am compassionate clinician who enjoys working with those looking to uncover whats preventing them from reaching their full potential. Somewhere along the way we can find ourselves struggling to communicate or handle life in an effective way. I help enable clients to recognize their strengths and capabilities to face life's challenges. I work alongside clients in processing what barriers are in the way of reaching their goals and develop with them techniques to overcome them. My hope is that during the course of treatment clients walk away feeling that they've gained skills to walk through life with confidence and self acceptace.
My objective as a Marriage and Family therapist is to collaborate with my clients, while providing a safe and non-judgmental space, to examine solutions toward stress together. I can assist individuals, couples, and families to improve their communication skills, coping methods, and boundaries to progressively move forward. Though I may be viewed as a relational expert, my diverse experience of working with multiple backgrounds, and age ranges has allowed me to understand that clients are truly the experts of their own lives, and can achieve their goals with courage as well as guidance, which I intend to provide.
If given the privilege to be your therapist, my mission is to help you discover real solutions to your current issues and to help you become a better you. The therapy session is a safe environment, free of judgement, and a sanctuary for you to express your needs. You know yourself better than anyone else. Together, we can find concrete goals to improve your life and work out any issues you may have.
I believe therapy is a gift you give yourself. It is the space for healing, growing and change. As a therapist, I strive to connect with individuals to help achieve greater self-awareness and strength to overcome adversity. I help adults who struggle with anxiety, depression and life transitions that can be overbearing. With experience in both outpatient and inpatient treatment settings, I aspire to assist individuals by using a person- centered approach to live a healthier and happier life.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I believe change comes from within you when you are ready. Once you have taken that first step, I will be there to help facilitate your therapeutic journey. Having a safe place to speak openly about what troubles you are facing is my top priority. Together let's improve relationships, coping and healing from life's challenges, and achieving emotional relief using compassion and mindfulness.
Welcome, and bravo for reaching out for help. The fact that you are searching for a therapist in your area means that you are insightful, brave, and ready to take the journey toward living your best life! My name is Carol McKinney, Executive Director of Victory Recovery Partners in Massapequa, NY. I am a NYS licensed professional who is passionate about helping individuals with substance abuse and/or alcohol issues reach their road to recovery.
Seeking professional help can be intimidating and difficult to navigate. The first step is reaching out for support and I am so happy you did! I support my clients by educating and guiding them to utilize healthier coping skills without using self-destructive behaviors. My approach to therapy is providing a safe space to allow healing and develop self-awareness to gain a better understanding of our true self. Through empathy and some challenges, we will work together to navigate the best version of you.
As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and to live a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolves challenges in your life. By applying complimentary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back form experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
Hello! As a counselor I incorporate many different types of therapy into my practice. I believe the outcomes of therapy can be emotional healing and self-empowerment. Together, through the therapeutic process, our aim will be to expand your experience to include more peace, joy, and happiness.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Massapequa are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Massapequa then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
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What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Massapequa specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
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