Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
How do you want to live?
We all face times in our lives in which we feel dissatisfied, frustrated, overwhelmed or unhappy. Whether you are struggling with difficult past experiences, looking for extra support and guidance in dealing with a challenging situation, or you are simply ready to change the direction of your life, I will work with you to LOVE YOUR WHOLE LIFE...the life you really want.
ABOUT NINA RUFFIN LCSW:
A New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have a Doctorate of Social Work degree, a Master Social Work degree with a dual concentration in Mental Health/Disability and Alcohol/Other Drugs, as well as a Trauma Counseling Certificate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Currently in private practice, I have 15+ years of social work and case management experience and nearly 10 years of experience providing individual, couples, family and group counseling to adolescents and adults in community based settings.
MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACH:
Using an eclectic approach that integrates aspects of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), solution focused therapy, person-centered therapy and dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), I will help you recover from the life challenges that get in the way of you living the very best version of your life.
In treatment, you and I will address a variety of feelings and stressors. We will start with an initial assessment to clearly define your short and long term goals for therapy and we will use these goals to create a strategy for you to attain the life you want.
Our work together is always collaborative. At times, I am a quiet advocate or active listener and at other times, I might more encourage you to consider another perspective of yourself and your circumstances. I am also always working with you to help you integrate the various aspects of your life, knowing that what affects one part of your life also affects the other parts, and that the most effective treatment takes into account the good and the not so good "stuff".
I believe that this approach allows you to gain a better understanding of yourself, your life experiences and your circumstances, and encourages your ability to rise above your challenges and move towards the life you truly desire with confidence.
Grief and Loss
Trauma and Abuse
Self-esteem and personal acceptance issues
Work and Career issues