As a therapist, I see my role as one of accompaniment, which is walking with an individual during a difficult time in the person's journey. As one who lived in a relgious community for many years (as a Catholic religious sister), I am very comfortable integrating spirituality and faith into therapy sessions with people who wish to do so. I understand that spirituality, faith, and prayer can play an important role in the process of healing and as a person strives to become more fully the person he or she was created to be. My primary work is to listen well and do my best to understand a person's situation so that I can be a supportive presence, empowering the individual to move towards a greater sense of well-being. Since one size does not fit all, I draw from a variety of theoretical approaches and strategies based on the needs, preferences, and personality of the individual as well as my understanding of best practices. Some of the approaches I draw from frequently include psycho-dynamic, systems, solution-focused, cognitive behavioral, and motivational interviewing. In general, my approach emphasizes the therapeutic relationship, is strength-based and trauma-informed. I view my work as a ministry and clinical social work as a calling.
For more than 12 years, I have had the privilege of working with people of all ages, from many different cultures, socio-economic circumstances, and faiths. I've accompanied young mothers, people living on the streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, women, children and young adults in transitional housing due to homelessness, people in various stages of the (addiction) recovery process and hospice patients and their families. I have lived and worked cross-culturally spending a total of approximately five years in Haiti. My life experiences have prepared me well to accompany people of faith who may be struggling with vocational discernment, re-entry after spending time in a missionary program, or the challenges of living in a faith-based community. Many of the people I have worked with have experienced trauma in its many different forms ranging from natural disaster, oppression due to economic and social injustice, domestic violence, and various forms of abuse. My undergraduate degree in special education, as well as experiences and training I have had, prepared me well to accompany individuals who learn differently, think differently or are wired differently than the average person. I have worked successfully with people desiring a supportive presence during a life transition or loss as well as those who have struggled with multiple major challenges for much of their lives.
If you are seeking a compassionate therapist to journey with you, I invite you to contact me to determine if I am the therapist for you. Whether you choose to work with me or another therapist, I wish you the best as you journey toward greater healing, wholeness. Many blessings!
- Trauma and abuse
- Parenting issues
- Coping with life changes
I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression
LCSW #11570 (Expires: 2019-08-31)
Sister Nealon has been the calming guiding voice in my life that is in the middle of a storm. She has made me feel more then comfortable with opening up about every detail that is important to the need of this counseling. She has also challenged me in ways to truly uncover the reasons for my emotions.