Lia Damiani-Tinney

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

"Helping College Students and Young Adults

Overcome Anxiety so They Can Thrive."

Does this sound familiar? “I can’t do this. I'll fail. I’m an awful person. I’ll never be good enough. I'm hopeless.” Thoughts like these are powerful and very common for anyone experiencing anxiety.

 

Your thoughts and emotions are valid, but hearing these messages over and over again in your head can take a toll on your well-being and lead to you being your own worst enemy.

 

I specialize in anxiety and negative thinking and I teach my clients skills to use in response to overwhelming thoughts. Thoughts like these have a source which is usually a deep, negative belief about the self.
 

I named my practice In Depth Wellness because taking an in-depth perspective at why we think the way that we do, what we believe about ourselves and others, and what events caused this way of thinking can create overarching change.

 

Gaining this insight and learning how to cope can help us live the lives we want instead of constantly living in survival mode.

Learn More About How I Help College Students & Young Adults Live Their Best Lives...
My Counseling Services 

Adult Individual Counseling:

 

I work with adults experiencing anxiety due to major life changes, overwhelming work schedules, and low self-esteem. Anxiety and low self-esteem can cause us to limit the decisions we make and cause us to feel that we are just existing in our lives rather than living them to our fullest potential.

 

College Students:

 

I help college and graduate students try to find balance between their social lives, class/work schedules, and their mental health. Did you know that during the 2018-2019 school year 60% of respondents to a survey by the American College Health Association reported "overwhelming" anxiety? AND the National Institute of Mental Health reports suicide as the second leading cause of death among college students. Mental health concerns for college students are on the rise. 

 

Teen Counseling:

 

I help teenagers learn to cope with the stressful demands of high school, applying to colleges, balancing extracurriculars, and problems with friendships or relationships. 

My Story

I knew I wanted to be a therapist when I first learned about psychology in high school. I grew up in a small town with very few mental health resources with an overwhelming stigma against mental health. It wasn’t something you talked about.

 

I had social anxiety growing up and finally learning there was a name for how I felt was empowering; there wasn’t something wrong with me and there were ways to cope with those feelings. I knew I wanted to specialize in anxiety because I want to provide others with information and let them know that the feelings they experience aren’t “wrong.” I focus on negative thoughts about the self because when you see the worst in yourself, you don’t believe you can live the life you want. No one should feel that way. 

 

I help my clients by using different cognitive behavioral therapy interventions. In English that means that I focus on the relationship between your thoughts, your feelings and your actions.

 

I have worked as a substance abuse therapist since my first internship in graduate school. In addition to my private practice, I also work as an outpatient therapist for a substance abuse facility in Miami and I help my clients in this setting by helping them find healthy ways to cope with their feelings, past traumas and overwhelming thoughts.

 

I have also worked as a family therapist with teens experiencing behavioral problems. This job helped me realize how helpful it is to have family or friends who support you.  

My Background

My counseling career started as a junior in high school. I fell in love with mental health during my AP psych class and knew that I wanted to be a therapist. As a high school senior, I started taking college classes at the University of Miami, where I would later earn my masters degree in education and mental health counseling. 

 

I went to Boston University for undergrad, where I received my BA in psychology and minored in public health. While I was an undergrad student, I had two internships as a mental health hotline counselor for parents and as an academic mentor for children with behavioral issues. 

 

As a graduate student at the University of Miami, I worked as a psychometrist at the Counseling Center on campus for students. I also completed two counseling internships at the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling and at Here’s Help, an outpatient substance abuse facility. 

Just For Fun

A few fun facts about me: 

  • I love to dance. I’ve danced since I was three years old and I teach dance classes in my spare time. 

  • I’m a foodie. I love cooking, baking and going to restaurants that I’ve never tried before. Whenever I retire, I hope to open up my own bakery. 

  • I have two huskies. They are sweet, loving and they love to howl at me when I get home from work.

Why Work with Me? 

Therapy is not about fixing you; you are not broken.

 

My role is to understand you and your needs before I recommend what might help. What works for one person might not work the same for another. I believe that therapy is individualistic which is why we will spend time understanding you as a person.

 

After we schedule our initial appointment, I’ll send you some paperwork to fill out so we don’t waste time on discussing your family’s history of heart disease (still important, but that’s probably not why you want therapy). In our first session we will spend time learning about you and what made you want to reach out to a therapist. I will be here to listen and support you without judgment, ever. After the first two or three sessions, we will focus on finding what situations trigger your anxious thoughts.

 

I will always ask you if I am understanding you correctly and invite you to openly share what is helping and what you need. After we understand some of the patterns in your thinking, I’ll start providing you with information on what can help you cope with these thoughts and anxious feelings. After several consistent sessions we will explore what events in your life lead to the beliefs you have about others, relationships, the world, and, most importantly, yourself.

 

My main goal as your therapist is to understand what you believe about yourself because these beliefs frame our thinking and, ultimately, how we approach life. When we discover this belief, you will have the opportunity to create a new belief about yourself that aligns with the life you desire to live. 

Take the Next Step, Let's Connect!

Everyone’s needs are different and finding the right therapist that is a good fit for your needs varies for each person.

 

If you are interested in working with me you can contact me at 954.391.5305 to schedule a free 15-min phone consultation with me. 

For more information, visit my website.

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