I am Marlene Acevedo-Manzo and as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I value using a whole-person and empathic approach in every session. As an LCSW, my goal is to help individuals improve their mental health, address relationship difficulties, and adjust to challenging life changes. I approach therapy from a trauma-informed and client-centered perspective, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Solution Focused and Strength Based interventions.
I approach therapy from a trauma-informed and client-centered perspective, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Solution Focused and Strength Based interventions.
I have experience working with various populations varying from transitional-age youth (15-25) to adults and older adults. I have experience working in mental health, medical social work, and substance abuse both inpatient and outpatient. I have experience in crisis intervention and working with various units from individuals, families, and groups. I enjoy working with those experiencing anxiety and depression as well as grief and loss and adjustment disorder.
My communication style
I provide a safe place for my clients where we can work as a team. We problem-solve and work on addressing problems and barriers together. The client takes the lead and I and they’re every step of the way.
My journey to therapy
When I was younger my mom suffered from cancer and a social worker helped connect us to resources and provided us with the emotional support we needed during the difficult times. As I worked with youth I developed a passion to work with the disadvantaged including the incarcerated population which has limited support and often time resources. Often times addressing mental health can help problem solve and address multiple challenges in one’s life such as substance abuse.
My goals for you
I develop goals with clients based on their needs. We review goals during sessions and develop smaller goals to meet the bigger goals if needed to help measure progress.
My first session with you
Introduction of self and role. Getting to know one another to make sure it is a good fit. Developing aqueducts and goals to work on.