Manuela Mage is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, credentialed in the tristate area of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. She works with folks who are dealing with anxiety and depression, adjustment disorders, major life changes, such as cultural adjustments, and grief and loss, of various types. Many of Manuela’s clients, seek her out when struggling with contextual depression and anxiety, when going through profound changes rooted in loss, grief or major life transitions and when they are stuck in a personal or professional rut. Manuela is particularly passionate about serving folks who are struggling with finding their space and their strengths. She also has advanced training in the areas of PTSD, Integrative Body-Mind Healing, Complex Grief, Stress Reduction, and Mindfulness.
Manuela's style is psychodynamic. As an experienced clinician and supervisor she has worked with individuals, families and groups. Building a good therapeutic alliance is the first step to a good raport.
Manuela started out as massage therapist, and later earned a BA in Linguistics and Languages in Portugal. Having completed a Master’s in Social Work and a Doctor of Psychology in Human and Organizational Psychology at the Touro College and University Systems helped her gain experience in her fields. Manuela's field work at Jewish Family Services, Oncology Support Center of Kingston, and Catholic Charities of Portugal (Coimbra), as well as a long term clinician at Maimonides Medical Center, provided her with deep experience in helping folks struggling with addictions, grief, severe and pervasive mental illness, and professional changes. Outside of private practice, she is an avid reader, enjoys long walks, and long talks with friends, cooking, and feeling that she is part of the various communities she identifies with, both here and in Portugal.
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Cultural adjustment - Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
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Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Years of Experience: 10 years
Maimonides Medical Center, Clinical Social Worker, 2013 - 2021
Self-employed, Counselor, 2006 - 2011
Caritas Diocesane de Co/Portugalimbra, Team and project coordinator, 1999 - 2005
Yoga and Ayurveda Center, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (RYS200, 2020
Evergreen Certification , Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider , 2019
Adelphi University, Post-Graduate Training in Trauma Competency, 2019
Portuguese Institute of Drugs and Addictions , Certificate on substance use from Prevention to Harm Reduction, 2001
New York: 087842