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Dena Schwartz, LMSW

Clinical Director

Wayne State University | Master of Social Work

I received my Master of Social Work degree from the Wayne State University School of Social Work in 2018 where my focus of concentration was on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. As an undergrad, I completed an internship with the Detroit Police Victim’s Assistance program where we provided individual and group crisis counseling to those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and homicide. During graduate school I interned with Catholic Charities Behavioral Health where I conducted individual therapy sessions for people of all ages, struggling to manage a variety of mental health issues, and conducted weekly group sessions for anger management and perpetrators of domestic violence. Since 2018 I have been working full-time as a clinical therapist for individuals, couples and families. Since January 2021 I have also taken on the title and responsibilities of Clinical Director, providing supervision and training for clinical staff.

My approach is client-centered and solution-focused and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. CBT is based on the core principles that psychological problems are based, in part, on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking and learned patterns of unhelpful behavior, and that people can learn better ways of coping with them, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more effective in their lives.