Desiree graduated with her MSW from Stonybrook University and has been providing psychotherapy in private practice with individuals, couples, and families, as a visiting counselor for children or Senior Medicare recipients, and a transitional residential setting for those who have aged out of foster care or participating in NY State’s Alternative to Incarceration Program.
Desiree also works for the state providing PASRR Level II assessments for individuals with a history of a serious mental illness who are being discharged from group homes, nursing homes, medical hospital units, or psychiatric facilities. She has cofacilitated Thinking for Change (T4C) and Interactive Journaling (IJ) groups in the local county jails through alternative to incarceration programs, provided relapse prevention skills in outpatient and inpatient OASAS substance abuse treatment facilities, worked as a mental health counselor in residential eating disorder treatment facility for adolescents, as lead social worker in a long-term care skilled nursing facility, and a medical model daycare center with clients who suffer from physical, mental, and/or intellectual developmental disorders.
Desiree enjoys working with people of all ages. Her special interests are in co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, anger management, and codependent relationships. She utilizes CBT, DBT, provides psychoeducation on addictive behaviors and stages of change, assists with developing coping skills, and bases her practice on self-awareness and mindfulness.