Staff

Additional Therapists At New Day Vitality
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Maria Cristina Liguori

Maria is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New York State. Over the last 8 years, she’s worked in multiple clinical settings including residential, outpatient, and private practice.

Maria helps people whose anxiety is a precipitating factor in everyday life. She use research-proven approaches and techniques to help people recognize, acknowledge, and live with the full range of emotions that come by being human while addressing the behaviors that move them away from their values and the person they want to be. She works well with Adults, young adults, college students, and young professionals. Her clients are those who are experiencing anxiety and stress, and struggle with things like self-criticism, high sensitivity (Sensory Processing Sensitivity), and people-pleasing/high achieving behaviors. In addition, she has a passion for working collaboratively on issues like self-esteem, career stress, relationship issues, conflict resolution/problem solving, stress management, and life transitions. Her clients can benefit from learning self-care, self-compassion, acceptance, mindfulness, coaching, and prioritizing needs.

She believes that everyone is capable of change when they're ready. She believes most people develop patterns of behavior learned through childhood or world conditioning. This is great news, because what is learned, can be unlearned, or re-channeled into something healthier. She has personal experience with anxiety and high achieving behaviors. Through her own therapy and self-exploration, she learned how to respond to her anxiety and so that it is not in the driver's seat of her life. There's nothing more that she wants than for people to feel free from the cage anxiety puts them in. She does not discriminate against anyone. She believes laughter and authenticity needs to be present in the therapy room. She believes the therapeutic alliance will be the biggest driving force of change! It's important she’s seen as human, experiencing the same feelings and emotions as everyone else. She welcomes you to reach out to New Day Vitality Psychotherapy to work together.

Techniques Used

Main Techniques: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing.

Other Treatment Orientations utilized: Life Coaching, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Person-Centered (Rogerian) Therapy , Solution-focused Brief Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills, Eclectic Therapy.

Issues Treated

Specialties: Anxiety, Highly Sensitive Persons (Empaths), Life transitions

Other Issues: Adjustment Issues, Anxiety, Burnout, Career Counseling, Compassion Fatigue, Highly Sensitive Person, Job Stress, LGBTQ Issues, Life transitions, Personal Growth, Self-Esteem, Stress

Education and Training

Education

  • Master’s in Social Work from Stony Brook University
  • Currently enrolled in NYU Silver Post-Master's Certificate Program in Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Currently enrolled in ICF accredited professional coaching program.

Training

  • Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP)
  • Clinical Telemental Health Provider (CTMH)
  • ACT Mindfully - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training through Russ Harris.
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) through Richard Sears, PsyD, PhD, MBA, ABPP, Director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness and Meditation
  • DBT Skills through Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • New York State Society for Clinical Social Work (NYSSCSW)

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Toni Dawn Grimaldi

Toni Dawn Grimaldi is a Mental Health Counselor specializing in individual therapy using a blend of therapeutic techniques and approaches including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Toni Dawn encourages yoga as an additional therapeutic tool to help strengthen the healing process of the mind and body.

Toni Dawn has spent 5 years in the Mental Health and Healthcare field with her clinical fieldwork experience in Westchester, NY working with a broad spectrum of patients including anxiety and depression. She graduated Iona College with her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.

Currently, Toni Dawn serves in addressing the needs of adults, children and adolescents ranging from anxiety, depression, general life stressors, grief, self-esteem, trauma, body positivity, relationship and marital / pre-marital issues. By using interactive, collaborative therapy modalities Toni Dawn works with clients to help them obtain their optimal lifestyle, personal growth and health. Her goal is to allow her clients to achieve positive perspectives and insights that can be used in every day life through self-discovery and connection/reconnection with oneself. 



Professional Disclosure Statement
EDUCATION
Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (2020)
Fieldwork Experience: 1000+ Hours at St. Vincent's Hospital Westchester - Partial Hospitalization Program, Harrison, NY
QUALIFICATIONS
I have completed my graduate education and a student fieldwork experience, which has satisfied the requirements of the New York State Education Department and Mental Health Counseling to be an associate-level counselor. I practice under supervision and am accruing clinical hours toward full, independent licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor
SUPERVISION
I practice under the supervision of Colette Lopane-Capella LMHC (#006620-1). Supervision is utilized to develop the counselor's range of clinical interventions in the counseling profession through case review, discussion, and sometimes audio recordings or note review. Supervisors are bound to the same level of confidentiality as the treating clinician.

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Office Hours

In response to COVID-19 and efforts to flatten the curve & keep everyone healthy and safe at this time the office is offering all Telehealth sessions.

Primary

Monday:

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Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

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Saturday:

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Sunday:

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