Taking care of our mental health is an essential part of living a full, happy and meaningful life. We all have an inherent human need to feel heard and understood by others. I pride myself in creating a safe and trusting therapeutic alliance with my clients and honor intersectional identities. I am interactive, non-judgmental and empathic in my approach. In working with my clients, my style is eclectic and I believe in taking a client centered approach and meeting my client’s where they are in their individual journey.
It is my goal to help cultivate within my client’s self-compassion.
“Wellness is not the absence of disease, illness and stress, but the presence of: Purpose in life; active involvement in satisfying work and play; joyful relationships; a healthy body and living environment; happiness.”
VANESSA WILLIAMS, LCSW
Vanessa Williams, LCSW earned her Bachelors of Science from New York University in Applied Psychology and then went on to receive her Masters of Social Work from NYU Silver School of Social Work in 2014 where she also completed an Advanced CBT training certificate program. During her graduate program she was a part of the New York State Office of Mental Health Social Work Deans Consortium Evidence Based Practice Project with her participation providing extensive training and education in recovery oriented, evidence-based practices for adults. Her Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) certification has also given her experience supervising graduate students in training
As a seasoned clinician, she has practiced in both outpatient and inpatient behavioral health settings throughout NYC, including New York Presbyterian and NYU Langone Health, specializing in treating trauma survivors, mood disorders, work and relationship stress.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavior therapy. Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions and improve their relationships with others.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on relieving symptoms by improving interpersonal functioning. A central idea in IPT is that psychological symptoms can be understood as a response to current difficulties in everyday relationships with other people.
CBT is a structured, skills-oriented talk therapy. CBT has proven effective in research studies for the treatment of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma and many other conditions. CBT focused on day-to-day problems and may include in-session practical exercises or homework assignments.