Are you feeling unhappy about your life at this point. often depression is masked with the use of alcohol, drugs or some other kind of compulsive behavior. I have over 30 years treating families, couples, and individuals with these problems. There is no need to continue unhappiness when help is available. Asking for help is the first step, take it now.
I will be your guide in helping you to gain the balance, insight, coping skills and confidence necessary for your path towards emotional well being. Life presents us with many challenges, but you don't have to go through it alone. Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed with a particular situation, or decision that you are facing. Whether you are struggling with a relationship, job, or coping with a stressful life event, my counseling will provide support, guidance, and clarity. For the past 15 years, I have enjoyed providing therapy to adolescents, adults, and families.
Reaching out for support during a challenging time in one's life can be so hard and take tremendous courage. Good for you for taking the time for yourself enough to explore the options! ;) It is my honor and privilege as a intuitive warm hearted healer to help individuals find their own inner peace, meaning and more JOY for their lives! I support others on their journey towards optimum wellness, body, mind & spirit by using a positive holistic approach to healing! I welcome your inquiries, have a flexible schedule and most insurances are accepted!
We are by your side! No matter the issue that you are facing... anxiety, depression, life issues, family issues, grief, trauma, couples therapy, stress relief, etc... we are ready to help. In this widely acclaimed practice, Ron Villano, M.S., LMHC, ASAC, CCH has assembled an elite team of over 35 providers. Our decades of success in talk therapy comes from creating a customized approach designed to encourage you to face your challenges with new life skills and professional support. You are here looking for that fresh start... and we will answer your call TODAY.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, MSW, LCSW, BCD
Are you feeling sad,anxious, angry, guilty? Do you have relationship problems? Does it seem as though your life is in limbo? Past hurts, experiences, loss, childhood trauma can affect your current day life. I can help you with these issues. In a warm, safe, compassionate setting we can explore these issues together. We can identify conflicts and patterns of behavior that get in your way, work them through, and resolve them. The first step is for you to call me.
I am a New York State licensed clinical psychologist with office in Smithtown, Forest Hills & Murray Hill. I specialize in the neuropsychological assessment of individuals with special needs. My clientele includes children, adolescents & adults with genetic disorders, epilepsy, intellectual disabilities, autism, concussion and traumatic brain injury, sex chromosome differences, dementia and acquired brain disorders. I also work extensively with children who present with learning disorders, including dyslexia, problems with behavior and attention (e.g., ADHD and Conduct Disorder), and/or who require academic modifications for giftedness.
Hi- I am a clinical psychologist focusing on the treatment of depression, anxiety and stress, insomnia, relationship problems, and chronic pain. These very challenging experiences can often interfere with our ability to live a meaningful life, but they can also lead to mastery, resiliency, and growth once we make a commitment to act in congruence with our personal values despite the obstacles. I will provide a supportive environment to allow you to identify your personal values, develop short- and long-term treatment goals, and teach you the adaptive skills to achieve them.
The unfolding nature of our lives is a sacred journey and can be trusted. When we know how to listen, engage and trust the wisdom of our own lives, journeys and hearts, we become more ourselves. I view therapy as a process of learning to listen and live life more authentically, from our inner GPS, rather than from others telling us who we are, who we should be and what to think/do/etc. This process is key to life satisfaction as we become the person we were meant to be.
At some point in our lives, we all run into problems that seem too big or too persistent to handle alone. With more than 10 years of experience in private practice I've helped individuals, couples and families successfully overcome life's challenges and return to a happier and peaceful lifestyle. I'll help you overcome life's difficulties by teaching you the tools you need to achieve positive growth and change.
Imagine a life where challenges are easily met without affecting your mood and health. Imagine being able to feel happy with the ability to experience less stress and feel less overwhelmed. Your ability to live well with emotional health and balance is achievable. Establishing positive and loving relationships is closer than you think. You have already taken the first step. I look forward to the opportunity to assist you in creating a new beginning. Covid-19 has affected us all in many ways. Let’s work together to control anxiety and mood while establishing a new normal. Telehealth is provided and covered by insurance companies.
I utilize a variety of approaches to address and resolve isues. An approach must fit the individual as well as the problem. I work with adolescents, adults and families. I am certified in Cognitive/Behavioral therapy, short term therapy, as well as numerous other modalities. I work with many diagnoses including OCD, Bipolar Disorder, depression, loss/grief, ADD, ADHD and panic disorders. Occasionally there may not be a formal diagnosis-the problem may be one of learning how to more effectively communicate. Various techniques are addressed to help people strengthen relationships through words.
When difficult times seem never ending, finding the right therapist can be life changing. Over the years, I have assisted older adolescents, adults of all ages, who are coping with feelings of sadness and depression, loneliness, anxiety, and loss, as well as trauma and relationship issues. Challenges such as a separation or divorce, a move, or a job change, can feel overwhelming. You will no longer be alone. Together we will identify your strengths and build on them towards achieving your goals.
I provide psychotherapy for individuals, couples and adolescents. Clients describe me as being compassionate and non judgmental which helps to create a safe space to explore even the most difficult topics. I use several different modalities including mindfulness, positive psychology, and transpersonal theory. I believe in a mind body and spirit connection. Therapy is about supporting you in getting beneath the layers of habit, addiction, stress and obsessive thinking and help you recognize the essential self within rather than relying only on the mind, which is often the source of negativity.
I believe there is strength to be found in our weaknesses, love to be found through our pain, and light after our darkest days. The pain of healing comes with the self-awareness that otherwise may be over looked. When it becomes more painful to stay in our past then it is scary to step out of it is when the journey begins. I walk beside my clients, not in-front or behind. I remain steady and follow their lead. I provide the safety and hope that everyone needs to face their pain, to feel their pain, and to keep going anyway.
The foundation of my practice is working in and supervising a Community-Based Prevention Program serving families, youth and adolescents that are exhibiting high-risk behaviors. I have experience working with the challenges of trauma, truancy, adolescent substance use, familial hardships, gang involvement and exploitation.
There are various reasons why people choose to enter therapy. For some people, the decision to see a therapist occurs when they start to recognize their ability to function is not where they want it to be, or it is starting to deteriorate. They may start to feel overwhelmed by depression, hesitation, anxiety or trauma. My goal is to help you find your true potential and for you to have a life that provides fulfillment and joy. We can work together to gain insight into difficult situations from the past that may still be providing challenges in your current situation.
My work is shaped by the knowledge that we all have the capacity to grow and learn through our life experiences. I believe that sometimes our most difficult experiences can bring us our greatest life lessons. I work collaboratively with children, adolescents, and adults to build on strengths, develop new strategies, and work to remove obstacles holding them back from reaching their fullest potential in life.
I'm in practice over 30 years, providing treatment for children, teens and adults. My specialties are depression and trauma. I use an insight-oriented approach to reduce symptoms and support well-being. My award-winning books on depression highlight my expertise in this area - and I bring a personal knowledge of mood disorders to my work. In addition to my practice, I'm a senior adjunct professor at Adelphi University and a go-to media expert on psychological issues. I also write for Psychology Today and am an editorial board member at MedPage Today. I look forward to helping you find better health, ease and greater meaning in life.
Choosing a therapist and getting started itself can be overwhelming. I believe that treatment must be specific to the person and the problem and be based on a broad array of available clinical modalities and interventions. These interventions are always provided with safe, supportive and professional care. I have over twenty years experience as a psychologist and as a supervisor and trainer of therapists from all of the mental health fields. I head a group private practice with many available resources for adults and children. I am a leader in the field of abuse and trauma as well as sexuality and relationships.
Melissa graduated from Fordham University with a Masters Degree in Social Work and began her career working with children and adolescents in an acute care psychiatric hospital setting. She has continued to grow professionally and spiritually studying human behavior as well as alternative therapies through various approaches such as guided meditation and crystal work. A higher education, years of experience, and positive/spiritual influences are combined and applied to each individualized healing session. All clients have a voice in their treatment and are supported with empathy in order to live life as your most authentic self.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Smithtown 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 Smithtown 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.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Smithtown, or Child Psychologists in Smithtown.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Smithtown psychologists specializing in EMDR.
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 Smithtown 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.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.