Anne Barbabella, originally from Rochester, New York, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She received her Bachelor's in English from the University of Rochester and earned her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. For over ten years Ms. Barbabella has worked in the field of mental health and addiction. She started working with the acutely mentally ill population in a Partial Hospitalization Program where she specialized in assessment, crisis intervention, symptom stabilization, psychoeducation, relapse prevention, and assisting clients in developing healthier coping skills to promote long-term stabilization and recovery. She branched off from there to work in the addiction field. At this juncture in her career she worked primarily in an outpatient opiate detoxification program where she was the lead clinician. She has extensive experience working with all disorders, from moderate to severe, and specializes in working with the dual-diagnosed (mental health and addictions) population.
Anne has extensive experience for working with individuals suffering with opiate addiction and has advanced knowledge of treating addicted individuals with Buprenorphine (Suboxone) and with the opiate blockers Vivitrol and Revia. She works closely with one of the top addiction doctors in the area, helping individuals successfully detox from opiates and build a life in recovery. She believes addiction is a disease and feels strongly about the 12-step recovery process being a vehicle for genuine transformation, the development of a positive social support system, and increasing one's chances of long-term sobriety.
In addition to working with addiction issues, Anne has is experience working with clients who suffer from anxiety, mood disorders, trauma and stress. She utilizes multiple modalities including CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Harm Reduction. She has extensive experience facilitating both group and individual counseling and genuinely believes that all people are capable of change if they are willing to work hard and commit to the process. She has seen the transformation that is possible with therapy in her professional career as well as in her personal life. When she isn't working she enjoys spending time with her husband, two young children, and family. She enjoys gardening, arts and crafts with her children, and exploring the world.