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 move through 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.

I specialize in showing individuals like yourself how to reach your full potential. If you have been in therapy before and you are ready to try it again in order to make a lasting change, I am the kind of therapist who will keep you working deeply so that you can reach the goals you want. I help people in their desire to close the gap between where they are right now and where they want to be in the future.

I have gained positive outcomes in my work with children, adolescents and their families. My therapeutic modalities include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.

EDUCATION:

2003-2004: Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY Master of Science in Social Work Method Area: clinical practice with a concentration in family, youth and children services.

2000-2002: Southern CT State University, New Haven, CT Bachelor of Science in Social Work

1998-2000: Gateway Community College, New Haven, CT Associate of Science in Human Services College Transfer

TRAINING:
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Multi-Problem Adolescents
  • Basic Life Support: CPR and AED
  • Crisis Intervention
LICENSURE:

License in Clinical Social Work (CT DPH). License No. 007334

EXPERIENCE:

2016-Present: Best Practice Psychotherapy, LLC – Woodbridge, CT Owner & Psychotherapist

2015-2019: Yale-New Haven Health System – New Haven, CT Clinical Social Worker, Child/Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program

2005-2015: Cornell-Scott Hill Health Corporation – New Haven, CT Clinical Social Worker, School Based Health Center

2005-2009: St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services – Westport, CT Treatment Coordinator

2004-2005: Children’s Center Community Programs, Inc. – New Haven, CT Clinical Social Worker, Therapeutic Foster Care Program