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Welcome

Thank you for visiting us!

At Best Practice Psychotherapy, there is a strong commitment to providing quality mental health services. It is the overall goal to enhance the quality of care for individuals and families. The belief is that all people are valuable and unique and should be treated with dignity and respect. While recognizing the potential for change, an assessment of the individual’s emotional, physical, spiritual, and life experience is provided in a caring environment. The growth of the individual is promoted through treatment that is developed and executed in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Services Offered

 

Are you having difficulties managing stress?
Do you frequently experience sadness?
Have you suffered a recent or past trauma?
Are you involved in an unhealthy relationship with your family, friends, spouse or partner?

If you answered yes to any of these questions or are experiencing persistent discomfort stemming from other life problems, I will offer you evidence-based tools and strategies that you can use to improve your emotional well-being. I will teach you relaxation techniques that are effective in managing your stress. I will allow you to share your emotions about painful traumatic experiences that are currently affecting your life. I will teach you how to increase awareness of unhelpful behaviors that may be impacting your relationship with others.

Counseling, teaching and supportive services are offered in a confidential, warm and therapeutic setting. Services offered, include but are not limited to:

Individual therapy

Group Therapy

Crisis Intervention

Initial Diagnostic Evaluations

Referral and follow-up for specialty care

Clinical Supervision

About Me

Charmaine Samuda, LCSW

As a licensed mental health professional with over 15 years of clinical experience, I have helped individuals in getting through their current stressors and past traumatic experiences. I am a Master’s level graduate from Columbia University, School of Social Work and have received invaluable experiences from varied clinical settings, such as Yale New Haven Hospital and Cornell-Scott Hill Health Center. I have applied the knowledge and experiences gained in my work with individuals and families.

My years of experience allowed me to expertly help individuals with problems relating to varied clinical problems, such as depression and anxiety. I have helped individuals who have experienced trauma, move their feelings of pain to find meaning and purpose in their lives. In addition, I have helped children and their parents shift from discord to harmony; go from fighting to enjoying each other. I offer a confidential, therapeutic setting that allow individuals to feel at ease.

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Endorsements

What colleagues say…

“Charmaine & I worked together for 3+ years in an environment that demanded focus & special skills. She naturally engaged well with patients; always validated their experiences and was consistently caring and supportive not only of the patients, but also of me as a fellow colleague”.

Tammy S., CTRS, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

“Caring, knowledgeable and a great listener is some of the few words I usually use to describe Charmaine to potential clients and friends. She’s never too busy to help a fellow peer and always going beyond the therapist realm of scope to help her clients”.

Esther D., LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

“As her work colleague for 5 years in a school setting, I’ve admired Charmaine’s work & skill with her young clients & their families. She has a rich clinical experience punctuated by her natural care & compassion for her clients. She demonstrated a keen understanding of her client’s needs and is highly regarded by her peers for her professional expertise as a therapist”.

Phillipa B., LMSW, Clinical Social Worker

“Very few people I know are as committed and passionate about their work as Ms. Samuda. I have known her for the past 20 years, and her desire to help people live quality and happy lives is unquestionable. While most of us think about our own success, she is always quick to tell me that our achievement is stronger if we can help others achieve their best”.

Charles B., Executive Director, BWM

“Charmaine Samuda is a phenomenally unique therapist.  She cares deeply for the well-being of all her clients and connects well with individuals from all varied backgrounds. I have referred clients who informed me that they felt immediately at ease after one session”.

Michelle H., Hotel Director

“I highly recommend the counseling services of Charmaine Samuda. Ms. Samuda is thoughtful and passionate in her approach to treating clients. As a colleague, I have witnessed her help clients reach their goals in a manner which produces lasting life changes. Ms. Samuda brings to her practice, years of experience, a range of therapeutic techniques and skills as well as a natural ability to connect with her clients”.

Renee B., School Psychologist

“What I like most about Charmaine as a Social Worker is that she assist her clients to grow through their challenges. Not only does she provides them with the tools they need  to develop their coping skills but she always support them throughout the process. I’ve worked with her at a School Based Clinic and without fail Charmaine has always been able to effectively de escalate a  student during a crisis. Parents and students were always appreciative of her help”.

Elrose H., RN