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.
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over again in the therapeutic community is that we collectively recognize that having a singular approach is extremely outdated.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.
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
2021- Cohesive Counseling, PLLC
Psychotherapist, Educator, Clinical Supervisor, and Owner
2017-2020 Horizon Behavioral Health in Lynchburg, VA
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
2007 Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, in New Brunswick, NJ
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