Victoria Izzi, MSW, RCSWI
I earned a Master of Social Work from Fordham University in 2022, where I specialized in clinical social work. While receiving my Master of Social Work, I began working at a community-based center serving outpatient therapeutic services to clients that were court mandated. I began working individually with clients on federal probation suffering from mental illness and substance use. When working with this population, these individuals often felt unheard and invalidated. I become passionate about wanting my clients to feel heard and validated. I want to help my clients connect with themselves and use their voice. I want my clients to know that their mental illness and substance use does not define their identity.
Living with depression and anxiety can be challenging and the first step is to ask for help. Taking the first step can be hard but you’ve already accomplished that by finding this. We tend to focus on our negatives and disregard our strengths. I work with my client’s to recognize their strengths and focus on the positives. Easier said than done but I will be there every step of the way with you.
Besides working closely with individuals, I have experience working with couples and families. Often, it can be hard to communicate and listen to the ones that we love. It doesn’t have to be difficult because there are ways to help each other understand one another. I want every person to feel heard and to have voice.
Before working with the court mandated population, I worked at an eating disorder residential center for adolescents. I became passionate towards working with clients that suffer from various eating disorders and body image issues. I developed experience in helping client’s change thoughts that are negatively impacting them. I gained experience using exposure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy which is beneficial in challenging the fears associated with eating disorders. Eating disorders do not look a certain way and affect all populations.
As for therapeutic interventions, I believe that every client is different and not all techniques are beneficial to all clients. The therapeutic techniques that I have experience in are dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and acceptance commitment therapy (ACT). I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Often, I use the technique of mindfulness to help connect back to the present. I tend to focus on your strengths and build empowerment.
Mental health can be lonely, and I want you to know that you do not have to be alone. My goal is to help you not feel alone and to begin this process with you. I value starting this process where you are at and taking every step with you along the way. I intend to create a safe and comfortable environment allowing you to feel supported throughout your process.