Antoinette MastronardiLicensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT 132116
Hey! I'm Ant and I specialize in the ways that attachment and trauma impact relationships and sense of self in the LGBTQ+ community.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy, first developed in the 1980s by Marsha M. Linehan, to treat patients suffering from borderline personality disorder. Since then, DBT’s use has broadened and now it is regularly employed as part of a treatment plan for people struggling with behaviors or emotions they can't control. This can include eating disorders, substance abuse, self-harm, and more. DBT is a skills-based approach that focuses on helping people increase their emotional and cognitive control by learning the triggers that lead to unwanted behaviors. Once triggers are identified, DBT teaches coping skills that include mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. A therapist specializing in DBT will help you to enhance your own capabilities, improve your motivation, provide support in-the-moment, and better manage your own life with problem-solving strategies. Think this approach might work for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s DBT specialists today.
My clients often struggle to cope with depression, anxiety, and/or ADHD and are ready for a change. I help youth who: feel irritable, constantly worry, experience school/work stress or decline, have difficulty focusing or completing tasks, have difficulty sleeping, struggle to communicate without escalation or shutting down, and/or drink, use substances, have suicidal thoughts, and/or self-harm. I also conduct comprehensive ADHD assessments for children, adolescents, and adults.
Difficulties in life can feel overwhelming, or you may be feeling like you don't know how to change or how to manage the situations causing you pain. I will offer you a partner on a path toward relief and clarity. I provide a compassionate, non-judgmental place to explore and to receive support to find the change that you seek. I work with adults, teens, couples and families; I provide care for people with depression, anxiety, substance use problems, trauma, and perinatal mental health issues.
I have more than ten years of experience working with adolescents, young adults, adults, families, and couples. I most frequently help clients navigate the challenges of anxiety, depression, ADHD, giftedness, self-esteem and body image issues, relationships, grief, disordered eating, and trauma. I specialize in, and especially enjoy working with, ADHD, gifted adolescents and adults, and high school and college-aged clients.