Hello and Welcome!
My name is Vanessa and I am licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida. I am speak both English and Spanish and am available to 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 and 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. So you can say I am pretty well rounded in my therapeutic experience.
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 who will never judge, because perfection does not exist. 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.
I look forward to working with you!
Session hours: EST
Monday-Thursday 12pm-Live Chat only
Mon-Thursday 6:30pm & 7:30pm -Video, Chat and Phone
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Self esteem
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue Read more...
LCSW #SW 16806 (Expires: 2021-03-31)
We absolutely loved sessions with Vanessa. We started sessions after needing to for a very long time and she was able to help us re-establish communication in our relationship so that we can get stronger.
Very approachable and calm presence. She allows time for both partners to be heard and understand. Also, she provides insights and reflections to help a relationship grow.
She has given my husband and I and outside perspective on how we deal with our communication. I feel like she listens to both of us and does not judge us and remains neutral.
Vanessa has been great at working with my partner and I. She has offered ideas and exercises to try to better our communication. We look forward to our sessions very much.
Vanessa has helped me with my issues tremendously. She listens & validates my feelings, then proceeds to advise how to handle my issues. I feel much better since I’ve started with her.
Vanessa really helped me when I was going through some relationship and personal struggles, she is extremely kind and compassionate. Talking with Vanessa was truly a breath of fresh air!