Vanessa Carter, LCSW

Vanessa carterMeet Vanessa Carter, LCSW, a passionate advocate for positive change in the lives of individuals navigating life’s challenges. With a commitment to delivering personalized, compassionate, and empathetic mental health support, Vanessa holds a Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology and Human Relations from Pace University, New York City, and earned her Master’s in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) from New York University (NYU).

With extensive experience in inpatient psychiatric units, Vanessa specializes in working with adults dealing with substance use disorders and a spectrum of mental illnesses. With experience at the Department of Veterans Affairs, she focuses on addressing the unique needs of veterans, including PTSD, military sexual trauma, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Vanessa’s background also encompasses handling after-hours crisis lines and emergency calls, showcasing her commitment to crisis intervention.

Vanessa specializes in co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illnesses, demonstrating expertise in addressing complex issues. Her therapeutic approach is characterized by a diverse set of modalities, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), expressive arts therapy, solution-focused techniques, and strength-based narrative. She tailors her methods to meet individual client needs, emphasizing the creation of a safe and supportive space for clients to navigate challenges, set and achieve goals, and apply acquired skills.

As a combat veteran, Vanessa brings a unique perspective to her work, deeply understanding the needs of veterans. She prioritizes building strong therapeutic relationships, ensuring clients feel comfortable and supported throughout their journey. Vanessa stands out for her commitment to honesty and straightforward communication, providing clients with the guidance they need to navigate life’s challenges.

Beyond her professional commitments, Vanessa enjoys global travel, recently returning from Japan. She is an avid reader and loves hanging out with her four-legged canine companion. Vanessa is dedicated to learning American Sign Language, with a particular passion for providing services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in the future.

Vanessa offers flexible hours, including weekday evenings and weekends. If you’re seeking a therapist with a wealth of experience, a commitment to honesty, and a genuine desire to help you navigate life’s challenges, Vanessa invites you to reach out to SMPsychotherapy & Counseling for support and embark on your journey toward positive change with her today.

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