Terry Varraso, MPA, LCSW, ACHP-SW

Emerge Psychotherapy & Health Services, Inc
1400 East Oakland Park Boulavard Suite 105
Oakland Park, Fl 33334
Phone : (954) 309-4573
Email:  tvemerge@yahoo.com
Languages spoken:  English
Times available:  Tuesdays-Saturday by appointment
 
I am originally from Boston, MA where I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from Boston University. I then obtained a Masters in Public and Health Administration from Suffolk University.  Initially I began my career by managing non-profit agencies. While the Executive Director of an agency providing advocacy and services for victims of domestic violence, I was diagnosed with a chronic illnesss. It became increasingly clear that I needed to find a career that integrated all the challanges I was facing from living with an illness. I decided to return to obtain my Masters in Social Work at Rhode Island College.
From a clinical perspective I worked at various settings to obtain hands on skills to complement the theories I learned in school. The positions included medical social work, psychiatric social work, hospice bereavement/grief counselor and private psychotherapist.
Throughout my career I identified a passion and interest in working with victimes/survivors of various types of trauma. In order to enhance my clinical knowledge and skills I then went on to receive a post graduate Certificate from Boston University in the Assessment and Treatment of  Trauma. In addition, I studied at the Francine Shapiro EMDR Institute to become qualifed in this approach for treating trauma along with depression, anxiety, phobias and somatic conditions.
I have now been in the Ft lauderdale area in private practice for 6 years.  Although I tend to work primarily from a psychodynamic and humanistic perspective, I also utilize cognitive behavioral therapy along with other theraputic approaches.  I consider my style to be eclectic as I draw from various schools of thought based on the individual client's needs.  I believe that a genuine and trusting therapeutic relationship is essential for effective treatment  allowing us to collaboratively identify goals for change and growth.
My practise is generalist in nature with special focus in the following areas: aging, grief/loss, chonic and terminal illness, trauma and LGBT issues.  I work with individuals, couples and families. In addition, I am an approved supervisor for registered MSW interns and Licensed Therapists.  Incorporating my clinical and management  experience and skills, I am also  available to provide consultation to organizations for staff development, team building and system's issues.
Insurances Accepted:  Medicare and Megellan along with other private insurances as an out of network provider.  Private pay and sliding fees available.
 
 

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