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TRICIA MAZZA, LPC, NCAC I

Choosing the right therapist to match you and your values is important. Our relationship, the therapeutic alliance, is the crux of your experience in therapy.

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Since college in the early 2000's, I have worked within a variety of settings across the country. These were medical hospitals and emergency rooms, psychiatric hospitals, a substance abuse detox unit, higher education as an adjunct faculty member, and outpatient community mental health. 

These experiences built a strong dedication to serve each client with dignity, respect, and a high standard of care. I created Cohesive Counseling in order to serve clients with a clear, straight forward, and honest approach. I deeply believe in the transcendent power that self-awareness can cultivate and it has been my life's work to support people in this courageous, raw, and honest journey.

My philosophy, like many others in this field, recognizes that there is no "one size fits all" approach. An important reason for seeing this phrase over and over again in the therapeutic community is that we collectively recognize that having a singular approach is extremely outdated. Long gone are the 1990's, where you may have gone to see a Psychoanalyst or someone focused only on Cognitive Therapy, for example. There is great value in being extensively trained in either of these two paradigms (I am partial to the former), but as a consumer it may not fit your specific needs. As an example, not everyone can wrap their minds around, or begin to think of themselves as having, an Oedipus complex. Understandable! Thankfully we recognize that humans are far more complex and trying to squeeze someones suffering into a singular frame can be inefficient and, at times, even unethical.

That being said, I do rely on a concentrated variety of therapeutic interventions. I am most often viewing clients through the lens of complex trauma. In other words, I am looking at what has hurt you. It is my intention to help you explore whatever that may be and look at it from a variety of angles, connect with and process the emotions around this pain, and remind you that, "feeling your feelings" is truly a super power.

Additionally, I also blend in mindfulness (being present instead of dissociating), psychodynamic (exploring childhood experiences [not just looking for the bad, either]), somatic experiencing (getting out of your head), CBT (how our emotions feed our thoughts), and existential approaches (meaning and purpose). I am also trained to conduct EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which can be very helpful in minimizing the emotional volatility of memories, thoughts, and/or beliefs.


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EDUCATION

2013    Institute for Integrative Nutrtion in New York, NY

             Certified Integrative Health Coach

2010    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL

             M.A., Clinical Psychology, focus on Counseling, concentration in Addiction and Substance Abuse Disorders

2008   Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ

             B.A., Clinical Psychology [minor Sociology and Criminology] 

2004   Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ

             A.A., Social Science  

               

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

2021-           Cohesive Counseling, PLLC

                    Psychotherapist, Educator, Clinical Supervisor, and Owner

2017-2020   Horizon Behavioral Health in Lynchburg, VA

                   Outpatient Therapist

2015-2020   Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, VA

                   Adjunct Faculty, Psychology Department

2010-2015   Chicago Lakeshore Hospital in Chicago, IL

                   Clinical Care Coordinator, Lead Assessment and Referrals Clinician, and Mental Health Counselor

2009-2010   Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, IL

                   Dual Diagnosis Intern

2009-2010   The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL

                    Community Engaged Scholarship Seminar Leader  

2008-2009   AmericaScores Chicago in Chicago, IL

                   Outcomes Evaluator

2007           Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, in New Brunswick, NJ

                   Research Assistant

2007           Douglas Developmental Disabilities Center in New Brunswick, NJ

                   Classroom Teacher Intern

2004-2008   HMH Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ

                   Access Services Representative

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