Geraldine "Gerry" Viggiani, LCSW, LCADC, PMH-C
“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” – Masaru Emoto Just like this quote I believe that even though we may be challenged by difficult or intense emotions, traumas that haunt us, even today or by worries that keep us stuck; our true potential is still there, waiting to be unearthed. That said the journey to wellness can seem daunting. I totally understand this and so my approach to helping is one where we walk that journey together, with me by your side. My treatment lens is one of mindfulness and learning to live life in the present moment.
In addition to being a generalist I specialize in working with client's who struggle with trauma, addiction and Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMAD), particularly traumatic birth experiences. I utilize an eclectic approach of treatment modalities that include EMDR, DBT, Brainspotting and trauma and compassion focused therapies. I am also certified in perinatal mood disorders. Together, like the lotus flower, you will "rise up out of the muddy pond and bloom" by building on your strengths and gaining the coping skills needed to manage your emotions appropriately without substances, emotional eating, lashing out or avoidance. Your traumatic memories will be desensitized and reprocessed and moved into the past where they belong. I look forward to taking that step on your journey to wellness with you.
Masters of Social Work, Monmouth University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Rutgers University
License, Certifications & Awards:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor, (LCADC)
Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional (PMH-C)
Certified to provide Clinical Supervision to LCSW and LCADC Candidates.
Extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Brainspotting, Motivational Interviewing (MI) Therapy, Advanced Perinatal Mood Disorders Treatment and Certification, THE ART OF HOLDING PERINATAL WOMEN IN DISTRESS: Assessment, Treatment, & Advanced Clinical Practice and the treatment of addiction.
Professional Activities and Memberships
Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), New Jersey Society for Clinical Social Work (NJSCSW), Postpartum Support International (PSI), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA), Brainspotting Professionals, A community member of the Association of the United States Army, the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Luncheon Committee and Membership Committee, and The Entrepreneurial Think Tank for Women. I also sit on the Board of Directors for the ETTWomen Foundation and the Board of Directors for the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce and facilitator of NASW,NJ Private Practice Group.