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Vanessa

I am a Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a Certified Brainspotting Therapist. After 25 years of providing mental health counseling, behavior analysis services,  consultation, clinical supervision, and managing program operations, I am still passionate about empowering others in their own journey of self-discovery and holding space in a safe, non-judgmental way. I value authenticity, and to be able to work with clients from a deep place of connection, attunement, and relatedness, I do my own "work" every day. The ability to serve others in private practice as a mental health therapist has been such a privilege and a blessing. 

Yoga philosophy has always been a big part of my life since childhood through my father who dedicated his personal life to studying this ancient philosophy and living his life through its teachings. It was through my own yoga journey, that I discovered how yoga philosophy has been interwoven into many of the modern psychotherapy models that are widely used today. Each of the empirically supported methods I use with clients has made an impact in my own personal path of finding serenity and harmony and it is my wish to share this gift with you. 

Anxiety Counseling and Yoga Therapy with Vanessa
My Approach

As your Therapist. As your Guide.

I offer an eclectic approach heavily influenced by contemplative wisdom and psychotherapeutic approaches. 

My Therapeutic Stance: 

  • Informal and casual. 

  • Empathetic. When needed, challenging.

  • Inquisitive and active.

My Values:

  • Authenticity. To live and work with integrity, compassion and in awareness of my authentic Self.

  • Acceptance. To embrace diversity, embody inclusivity and evince non-judgment. 

  • Growth. Faithfully doing my own personal "work" towards Self-realization, and developing my skills and harnessing my strengths in service of helping others grow.

I also value the power of our minds. Reality is a construct of perceptions, and our thoughts and perceptions have an immense ability to influence our emotions and behaviors. The human brain is a complex system beyond our understanding, but we have the ability to utilize it to our advantage.

 

I use a mix of evidenced based practices and other researched backed approaches to provide individual mental health counseling and yoga therapy with the mission of supporting you towards beautiful opportunities for self-discovery and growth.

Therapeutic Approaches

Acceptance Commitment Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Brainspotting

Positive Psychology

Affective Neuroscience

Trauma Informed

Yoga Based Counseling (Yoga Therapy)

Areas of Specialization

Therapy for High Achievers

Counseling for Anxiety

Stress and Burnout Counseling

Life Transitions Counseling

Counseling to overcome Limited Beliefs

Yoga Therapy for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Wellness

Note: As a therapist, it is ethical practice to know my limitations and disclose them openly with potential clients. 

My area of practice and expertise excludes substance use issues, crisis and suicidality, disordered eating or body dysmorphia, psychosis, personality disorders and severe mood disorders. I do not provide therapy for couples, children or adolescents. 

Education 

BA Psychology Honors - University of Central Florida 1995

Master of Social Work - University of Central Florida 1998

Doctor of Social Work, Clinical Social Work - University of Kentucky (current student)
 

Credentials:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Certified International Association Yoga Therapist

Certified Brainspotting Therapist

 

Formal Trainings:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Brainspotting (Phase 1, Phase 2 and Expansion)

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma Informed Yoga

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