Dr. Emnine Lefevre, DSW, LCSW

My name is Dr. Emnine Lefevre, DSW, LCSW. I graduated from North Miami Beach Sr. High School then obtained a bachelor’s degree in social work at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. I immediately went back to school to complete a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Barry University in Miami Florida. Currently I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New York as well as in Florida. I recently completed a doctorate degree in social work at Capella University. I am the Clinical Sr. Director of supports and psychology for an agency serving individuals with disability. Counseling or psychotherapy is to provide individuals with a supportive and professional environment to explore their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and experiences. Therapy aims to help people address emotional challenges, mental health issues, and personal difficulties that may be affecting their overall well-being and quality of life. Some of the primary purposes of therapy include:

1. Mental Health Support: Therapy offers a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to discuss and work through mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, grief, and other psychological issues.

2. Emotional Regulation: Therapy can help individuals develop healthy coping mechanisms and emotional regulation skills to manage difficult emotions more effectively.

3. Self-Understanding: Through therapy, individuals can gain insights into their thoughts, behaviors, and patterns that may be contributing to their challenges. This increased self- awareness allows for personal growth and positive changes.

4. Building Coping Skills: Therapists can teach practical coping strategies to help clients navigate life's challenges and stressors more effectively.

5. Enhancing Relationships: Therapy can address interpersonal issues and communication difficulties, helping individuals improve their relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.

6. Trauma Processing: For individuals who have experienced trauma, therapy can aid in processing and healing from past experiences.

7. Setting and Achieving Goals: Therapists can assist clients in setting realistic and achievable goals, both short-term and long-term, to improve their lives and well-being.

8. Identifying and Challenging Negative Thought Patterns: Therapy can help individuals identify and challenge negative thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to emotional distress.

9. Improving Self-Esteem: Therapy can work on building self-esteem and fostering a more positive self-image.

10. Strengthening Resilience: Therapy can enhance an individual's resilience, helping them bounce back from setbacks and difficult life events.

11. Support during Life Transitions: During significant life changes, such as career transitions, divorce, or relocation, therapy can offer support and guidance.

12. Encouraging Self-Exploration: Therapy provides an opportunity for individuals to explore their values, beliefs, and aspirations, leading to a deeper understanding of themselves.

13. Mental Health Maintenance: Even for individuals not experiencing acute distress, therapy can serve as a tool for self-improvement and maintaining mental and emotional well-being.

Overall, the purpose of therapy is to facilitate personal growth, promote mental health, and assist individuals in creating more fulfilling and satisfying lives. It's essential to note that there are different therapeutic approaches, and therapists tailor their methods to meet the specific needs and goals of their clients. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or long-term, allowing for more profound exploration and development.

Trained/Experiential Knowledge:

● Suicide/Homicidal Risk

● Safety Risk Assessment

● Domestic Violence

● Depression

● Anxiety

● Bipolar

● Panic Attacks

● Trauma informed

● Child/Abuse Neglect

● Play Therapy

● Crisis intervention

● Sexual Abuse

● Cultural Competency

● Workplace violence

Therapy Modalities:

● Narrative Therapy

● Christian Counseling

● Play Therapy

● Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

● Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)

● Person-Centered

● Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)

● Strength-Based

● Trauma Focused

● Behavioral therapy

● Emotionally Focused Therapy