Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

"Helping You, Help Yourself"

Brittany Starrantino, LMSW, CASAC 2017-10-13T19:49:09+00:00

About Brittany Starrantino

Brittany Starrantino is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) as well as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) both of which are licensed through New York State. Although Brittany is a CASAC in addition to a LMSW, she works with many populations, including but not limited to: adults, adolescents, children, families, and couples. In addition, Brittany utilizes several therapeutic interventions, however, specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Brittany gained experience in the mental health field as well as substance abuse, dating back to undergraduate days. Brittany received a Master of Social Work through Stony Brook University and provides psychotherapy under clinical supervision, with an understanding of societal factors influencing individual struggles.

I believe that the impact of relationships hold the most significance in an individual’s life. Similar to the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, who believed in existentialism and that relationships either impact lives in a positive or negative manner. Therefore, I focus on object relations theory and how early childhood development affects an individual’s responses to their environment.

Following my undergraduate degree, I worked in a residential program serving young adults with severe and persistent mental illness. In addition, I worked in inpatient rehabilitation facilities for individuals struggling with substance abuse. I became familiar with several approaches; however, I work within a holistic approach for individual needs.

At the end of my graduate program, I developed a program for an agency for families and significant others. This program focuses on the impact a loved one’s substance abuse has on family members and significant others. I initially started this program because I realized throughout my work that the client would have a difficult time progressing in their treatment without the familial dynamics changing with them. This concept is not only beneficial towards substance abuse, it is beneficial towards anyone struggling with mental health because the client’s struggle becomes the family’s struggle and visa versa.

My success has been possible due to my own self-awareness, self-interest, and social support between my family members and friends. I gained self-awareness through my own personal struggles. This included unhealthy family dynamics and abuse as a young adult while attending college. My experiences shaped the patterns of relationships I had with men and my own self worth. Through my own journey, I found that learning to assert oneself appropriately was the most important tool in gaining self worth, self-awareness, and healthy relationships. Lastly, I focused on what made me, me and healthy coping skills to utilize when I wasn’t feeling so great. I enjoy playing sports, watching sports, running, yoga, exercise, and I believe that laughter is the best medicine. I also know that eating at restaurants isn’t always the healthiest, but one of my favorite activities is to have dinner with my loved ones. This is something I value because it gives us the chance to communicate more frequently.

I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss- “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

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