She/Her/HersLicensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Currently enrolling clients for Fall 2023 groups
Equine assisted DBT (9-13) Monday from 4-5pm
Cassandra Lorusso-Smith is an LMHC who works with clients ages 4 and up. She has worked extensively with issues of PTSD, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and sports and performance psychology. Throughout her career, Cassandra has run both traditional therapy groups as well as alternative therapeutic groups such as boxing therapy, social skills training, and Equine Assisted therapy. Cassandra's passion is helping clients to identify and use their strengths to improve their life. Coping skills training and finding one's meaning are important aspects to Cassandra's counseling strategy. Additionally, Cassandra is PATH intl. certified as an equine specialist in mental health learning and a certified therapeutic riding instructor.
Prior to creating Walnut Hill Counseling, Cassandra worked at Arbour Counseling Services in Franklin, MA as an outpatient clinician. Her clients ranged from 4 to 60 years of age. She mainly focused on individual and family therapy. For the 3 years prior, Cassandra worked at Tides Family Services in West Warwick, RI as an in-home therapist and a group therapy leader. Cassandra has received training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Mental Health and Integrative Medicine, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. She continues to attend training events in order to better support her clients.
Cassandra is located in Plainville and additionally offers telehealth sessions. The Plainville location offers Equine Assisted Therapy and additional forms of experiential therapy. It is located at 86 Walnut Street.
Outside of the office, Cassandra is an avid hiker, competitive equestrian, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt.
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Sports psychology - Navigating mental roadblocks to physical goals; optimizing personal and team performances
Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation
Borderline personality disorder - Increasing insight into relational patterns and destructive behaviors; development of coping strategies for uncomfortable emotions or situations; skills for emotional identification and regulation.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Equine Assisted Therapy - Equine assisted mental health counseling, Equine Assisted DBT, equine assisted mindfulness
This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Years of Experience: 9 years
Walnut Hill Counseling , Therapist , 2019 - Present
Juniko, Jiu jitsu Children's Instructor , 2018 - 2020
Arbour Counseling Services, Therapist, 2016 - 2019
Tides Family Services, In home therapist, therapeutic mentor, 2013 - 2015
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, 2015
Stonehill College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology, 2013