I am a provisionally licensed mental health counselor, MHC-LP, under the supervision of Janet Cerra, LMHC (Lic. No. 001587) of Counseling Solutions, who works with a wide range of mental health concerns.
I graduated with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Canisius University (formerly Canisius College). I am experienced in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I also specialize in working with trauma, employing crisis counseling and intervention, as well as responding to grief and loss. Additionally, I have worked with families and implemented a solution-focused approach while providing information, resources, and referrals in the community. I am knowledgeable in developmental disabilities, neurodiversity, and the services available. In addition to counseling services, I can provide goal-directed advocacy and skill-building strategies.
I provide person-centered, individual counseling that is tailored to the unique needs of my clients. I have a holistic approach to counseling that treats the whole person, including physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.
My counseling philosophy is derived from psychodynamic and motivational interviewing theories, and I can employ crisis intervention strategies as well as Christian-based counseling if desired.
My goal is to help clients achieve their best sense of self and enhance their quality of life. I have a holistic approach to counseling, which is provided in a safe, nonjudgmental environment for self-expression. I believe that clients can receive support and guidance in exploring the issues that are difficult to handle alone.
In my spare time, I like to cuddle with my three cats and try new restaurants with friends. I also enjoy singing and watching reality TV/medical dramas when I am not writing or playing with stimulating apps. I like to volunteer and help people achieve a sense of safety when experiencing a “hot moment”. Bringing them to a “cool calm” gives me a sense of satisfaction; knowing that I can use my personal experiences to relate to clients allows me to show that I am human, too.
I offer in-person services in Williamsville, NY and tele-health sessions to residents across New York State. A free, 30-minute, virtual consultation is encouraged to explore compatibility and the possibility of working together. Please note that I cannot accept insurance at this time; however, a monthly superbill can be provided upon request. My standard fee for a 60-minute, individual counseling session is $60. Sliding scale and payment plans are available based on individual circumstances. Additionally, case consultation is available upon request with one free session; each subsequent consult is $30 per 30-minute encounter. Please contact me for more information.
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