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antoinette senjanovich, LSW
Hello, and welcome! My name is Antoinette.
I am a licensed social worker (LSW), and I am so excited that you are here! I know how difficult it is to reach out and ask for help and I am proud of you for doing so. I believe in change and hope regardless of the circumstances you may be struggling with in this moment. I have helped many individuals struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, mood disorders, trauma, life transitions, grief & loss, personality disorders, and anxiety and depressive disorders. I have also worked extensively with LGBTQIA+ identifying individuals and create an affirmative space for self-exploration. I have seen individuals heal despite extremely difficult and painful circumstances and believe this is possible for you, too.
HOW I HELP
I work from a person-centered, biopsychosocial perspective. In short, this means I consider every element of your life as informative to our work together. I also view these elements as tools to help you achieve your goals. Before coming to Urban Wellness, I worked with various populations. This includes helping homeless women find housing and resources in the community, working with dual-diagnosis folks struggling with mental health and substance abuse concerns, and with folks struggling with eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and various other troubles. No matter what you bring to therapy, I am willing and able to help you, too, find the resources you need to live a the life you seek, including helping you to better connect to yourself, your loved ones, and the community.
I believe that everyone I work with comes to therapy with their own sets of strengths and abilities. It is my goal to help you learn to see these strengths, too, and to build upon them as a way to live a more fulfilling, authentic life. I know there is great suffering in the space between where you are and where you want to be, but I also believe your strengths, abilities, and resilience paves the path to where you want to go. In our work together, I hope to help you identify and harness these strengths and use them to create the life you desire.
In my own philosophy, I use aspects of mindfulness to help alleviate psychological suffering. As a meditator for nearly 10 years, I use mindfulness in my own every day life, and offer this instruction if it is something you’re interested in. I have seen clients use mindfulness to gain insight into their internal experiences and to create space in between them, their thoughts, and reactions. This helps by allowing us to “unhook” from our conditioning and choose what thoughts, feelings, reactions, and environmental stimuli we want to engage with. There are many ways to practice mindfulness both informally, like returning to the present moment through the breath, and formally, such as through meditation. If this sounds confusing, or you’d like to know more about how mindfulness can help you, please feel free to ask!
My goal as a therapist is to create a safe place for you to ask the difficult questions and learn to look at obstacles in life as a learning opportunity for growth. I believe that therapy is collaborative between the therapist and client; therefore, I seek to understand you. I offer compassion; I will gently challenge you as you continue your journey. I seek to reflect back to you what I see, feel, and hear, and help you feel empowered to do the same. In my experience, this is a crucial part in healing old and new wounds that cause us much pain. We may feel bogged down by our past and present experiences; however, I have seen how learning how to change our perspective of lived experiences is not only possible, but can lead to a more enriching life.
I want to help you foster the ability to look at the obstacles you face with curiosity and self-compassion. I believe in the power of healing and use various modalities, including mindfulness-based interventions, exposure therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic principles, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and narrative therapies, to name a few. However, I find that feeling connected to your therapist is the most important first step. Please feel free to look around and learn more about me. If you feel we might be a good match, please feel free to reach out!
MORE ABOUT ME
Outside the therapy room, I enjoy spending time in nature. I live close to the lake, and so spending time there, especially in the warm weather, is a favorite past time of mine. I also have two cats, Olive and Nala, who are full of mischief and keep me on my toes! My dog, Zoey, also loves to join me on nature walks (or any walk, honestly!). I also practice meditation and mindfulness regularly, coming back again and again to the present moment.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Schedule your first appointment. For follow up appointments (existing clients), please contact your therapist at 773-774-4444.