Sheila Ciminera, LCSW
“To bear witness” is to listen, observe, and validate painful and/or traumatic experiences of others. It is compassionately sitting with another's suffering. My goal is to bear witness to you, and help you focus on yourself and your needs.
I aim to help you . . . .
take control of your life and the ways you cope
find meaning and motivation
move away from emotional extremes and discover a balanced middle way
learn to ground yourself, so you can truly experience life as it is happening
I am highly experienced in working with issues of compassion fatigue; substance use or other "addictive" behaviors; bipolar, depressive, and anxiety disorders; trauma and PTSD; reintegration after incarceration; oppression; and existential challenges. I incorporate trauma informed care, harm reduction, mindfulness, and social justice into all of my work. Some people find it beneficial to process their own traumatic experiences or difficult past events; if you choose to do so in therapy, it will be at your own pace and comfort level. Most of all, I will acknowledge you as a unique person; therapy is going to look different for everyone, and our work will be tailored to your needs and goals.
On a personal and clinical level, I understand how hard each day can be for people dealing with trauma, depression, addictions, anxiety, and more. But I also believe those hard days can get better, and life can have a new sense of meaning and purpose. Contact me to schedule an appointment or ask any questions you may have.