Leonardo Custidiano, Therapist in Hollywood, Florida — Zencare
Leonardo  Custidiano
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Leonardo Custidiano

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Florida Accepting Online
Hollywood Not Accepting In-person
Updated April 20, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Child mental health
  • Parenting
  • Substance abuse
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Professional statement

Leonardo Custidiano has experience in various settings in the field of counseling. He has worked in a residential program that provided housing to adults struggling with mental illness and addiction. He has also provided family counseling to parents and teenagers with behavioral issues. Currently, He provides family counseling and prevention services to families that have been involved with the Department of Children & Families. As such, he has experienced working with issues such as domestic violence, trauma, parenting, life transitions, addictions, and coping with mental illness.

Leonardo Custidiano's experience, education, and training have led him to adopt an eclectic and integrative approach to therapy. This is because everyone has different needs and flexibility and adaptability are important in therapy. For instance, he can employ cognitive-behavioral techniques if there is an immediate need for symptom relief, but would move towards psychodynamic principles if there is a need to address the root cause of a psychological and/or emotional distress. Having said this, there are universal elements in his approach to therapy. First, the relationship between the client and the therapist would be a crucial focus of therapy. Second, there is an emphasis on the here and now, but he would never neglect someone's personal history, especially if they are affecting the present. Thirdly, goal setting would be a crucial part of therapy.


Message to clients

Starting therapy for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. Hesitancy and ambivalence about initiating therapy is not only common, but something that should be expected. This is because it is difficult to discuss personal matters with a complete stranger and there is a sense of ambiguity as far as what to expect as a result. If there is one thing I wish people knew about the therapy experience, it is that processing thoughts and feelings in a safe space has a curative and healing effect. Therapy provides a safe space that promotes free expression with a trained professional, a neutral party whose only agenda is to help the client. The therapist promotes an environment of understanding, empathy, and a non-judgmental stance. elements that are crucial in helping someone make meaningful connections between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.


Specialties

Child mental health - Specialized strategies for common childhood disorders including attention issues, attachment problems, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, autism spectrum diagnoses, and feeding or elimination issues.

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $100 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $45 - $100
  • Couples sessions: $100 (45min)
  • Family sessions: $100 (45min)

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Florida)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:30am - 11:00am
  • Tue 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Wed 8:30am - 11:00am
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 8:30am - 11:00am
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Hollywood practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 years

Family Central Inc- Miami, FL, Lead Family Consultant, 2018 - Present
Community Solutions- Secaucus, NJ , MST Therapist , 2014 - 2018
Community Hope- Parsippany, NJ, Assistant Program Coordinator/Behavioral Health Counselor , 2008 - 2014

Caldwell University , Post MA in Licensed Professional Counseling , 2017
New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis , MA in Psychoanalysis , 2013
University of Scranton, BS in Psychology , 2006


Licensure

Florida: MH19226


Languages

English