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DR. MARITZA ROBINSON
My name is Dr. Maritza Robinson, and I am a suicide survivor. My brother, Billy Johnson, completed suicide in 2015, and my mother, Laretta Johnson, died of complicated grief five years later. I understand how untreated mental illness can affect you and those around you. I use my story and experience to help others in need. I am an LCDC and an LCSW. I enjoy helping clients learn their strengths and use them in times of crisis and life circumstances. I use an authentic and empathetic approach with my clients as well as ensure that I am present in the moment. My client-centered approach helps them to regain their control. I practice in a secure and safe space and strive to build a therapeutic alliance built on comfort and trust.
I have experience working with clients ages 12 to 65 who have ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences), suffer from grief, depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation as well as those who have anxiety and mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Bachelor’s Degree: Social Work, Mississippi Valley State University
Master’s Degree: Social Work, University of Southern Mississippi
Doctorate: Professional Counseling (specialization in suicide prevention and depression), Mississippi College
License Clinical Social Work
License Chemical Dependency Counselor
WHAT IS AN LCSW?
An LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. LCSWs are Master’s level Social Workers with extensive professional training and expertise in mental health. LCSWs are required to fulfill requirements in their State of practice to obtain licensure, and must also successfully pass a national examination. LCSWs may practice independently. They provide psychotherapy, counseling, and talk therapy to clients.These social workers may find themselves working alongside people with advanced degrees in health policy or government, lending the unique perspective of a social worker.
What is aN LCDC
A licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) helps people with substance use disorders to better understand and cope with addiction. These professionals display great interpersonal skills and have the ability to empathize with their clients in nonjudgmental ways. The role often requires patience, understanding and trust. Some states allow a person to become licensed with an associate’s degree, but many require a bachelor’s degree or higher. Additionally, counselors are often required to gain experience through internships, supervised clinical hours or other avenues that involve direct client interaction. Professionals who specialize in mental health and addiction are needed to help reduce the treatment gap that affects many underserved communities throughout the United States. LCDCs play an important role in closing this gap. The following provides an overview of what these professionals do, how they start their careers and what opportunities are available.