Live Well
Live Well Individual and Family Counseling Service
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About

Staff

 

Our counselors are dedicated to providing you with maximum care and attention. Perhaps you have tried talking to friends or family, but are now seeking an experienced counselor to address your personal concerns. We provide therapy to help manage your mental health and well-being.

We are licensed professionals, and have received additional certifications to provide prevention crisis care and treatment to those suffering from substance abuse, and various other mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety.

 
 
 
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Sabrina Sanchez, LCSW, CASAC

Psychotherapist

Hello, I am the founder and lead therapist at Live Well Individual and Family Counseling Service. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a graduate of Fordham University (1993). I am also a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (2011). It is with a caring heart and a sincere desire to help others that I serve my community.

My expertise is in treating co-occurring disorders (COD), previously known as dual diagnosis. When a person is struggling with abuse of alcohol or other substances, and also has a mental health condition, such as a mood disorder, or a physical illness, they are coping with multiple issues. The intensity of not one, but two illnesses may become overwhelming for any individual and their family. Often people feel as though they are alone, and no one understands.  

I am experienced with treating addictions; predominately alcohol and opioid use disorder, and treating other serious mental health conditions such as, Clinical Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Psychosis, and Trauma. I have worked predominantly in an outpatient setting, serving a variety of ages, mostly adults, providing individual therapy, crisis intervention, and facilitating therapy groups focused on a variety of mental health and recovery topics. I believe recovery is possible for everyone, and that substance use and mental health disorders are treatable conditions, despite the challenges.

I provide compassionate care. During your individual sessions we will explore the issues that you are interested in addressing. Perhaps you have a present concern or have chosen to work on resolving an issue of your past. In treatment I focus on helping you gain understanding, insight and awareness of your emotions and behaviors. I will also encourage you to maintain your wellness with proper self-care. My approach to treatment is a strength based perspective, and person centered.


 
 

Damon Swinea, LMSW

Mental Health Clinician

Hi, I am a Licensed Master Social Worker with over 14 years of experience working with people with mental health challenges. Through my work experience, I have gained extensive knowledge in linking Individuals to resources in the community, and providing individual therapy. I have provided long-term care to individuals at risk, and those struggling with serious mental health conditions.

I strongly believe it is important to develop a rapport and trust in order to maintain a healthy therapeutic relationship. Throughout my professional career my strengths are known to be honest, transparent, reliable, dependable, respectful, compassionate, and empathetic, which are tools necessary to develop a successful therapeutic relationship.

In treatment, I use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic interventions to treat various disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Psychosis. Depending on the individual’s request, I also take a faith based approach as an intervention. I provide psycho-education, which helps individuals gain insight and awareness.

Mental health symptoms often affect a person’s basic eating, sleeping and personal care habits. Some individuals report having racing thoughts, feeling anxious, or having thoughts of self-harm, and drug use. I believe your safety is a number one priority, and recognizing your early warning signs of relapse before symptoms become worse is crucial. In your individual session we will explore your symptoms, concerns, and the underlying issues. My approach to treatment is person-centered, strength and solution based.


 
 
Michelle Martell, LMHC

Michelle Martell, LMHC

Michelle Martell, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Hello, my name is Michelle Martell. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I am experienced in treating various psychiatric disorders, ranging from depression, anxiety, psychosis, and suicidality. I began my clinical training at Rockland Psychiatric Hospital Outpatient Clinic. My background includes working as a behavioral analyst, where I diagnosed emotional issues, provided therapy and assessed patient behavior. I’ve continued my professional career as Clinical Team Leader and Primary Therapist for an intensive outpatient mental health program.

My approach to counseling is to look at the whole person, with the goal of promoting harmony and balance. I believe in the connection of the mind, body and spirit, as it relates to wellness. In treatment, I use the Person Centered Approach and various therapy techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

I am most interested in seeing you succeed in your personal recovery and overcome your challenges. I always see the potential in each and every person; their strengths, talents and abilities. Having coping strategies that work builds a sense of confidence and hope for the future. I work with clients to teach emotional coping skills, anger management techniques, relaxation skills, and impulse control. I promote principles of physical wellness to stay healthy.

How a person feels about themselves influences their behavior and emotions. If issues regarding body image and self-esteem are affecting your life, I provide assistance with helping you develop a healthier self-image. 

If you are feeling down, sad, and going through an especially difficult time with family conflicts, challenges with peers, or any other issue, I will help you take steps that can make a big difference in your life. If you are interested in therapy, I would be happy to meet with you. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.