ALANNA REGAN, LCSW-R received a Master’s of Social Work and training from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She regularly attends conferences and participates in independent postgraduate studies that are integrated into her work including: couples therapy, infidelity at midlife, alcohol and drug abuse, addictive disorders, trauma and post traumatic stress, LGBT, and others. Post Master’s study programs include training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in Manhattan, NY and the Cape Cod Institute in Eastham, MA.
ALANNA REGAN has experience in both the private and public sector. Currently, she provides psychotherapy full time in private practice. In recent years, Ms. Regan has also provided psychotherapy and administrative services at several Long Island agencies including: North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset, Family and Children’s Association, YES Community Counseling Center and F.E.G.S. Behavioral Health Services. Ms. Regan has also served as a member of the Nassau-Suffolk HIV Health Services Planning Council and served as Advisory Board Member of Long Island Crisis Center’s Pride for Youth. Other affiliations include the National Association of Social Workers, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the National Coalition for Mental Health Professionals and Consumers.
Life’s challenges are opportunities for growth in a supportive and caring environment.
The Long Island community is a wonderful area to live, work and raise a family. Occasionally, however, you may be presented with circumstances that tax your ability to effectively cope with life’s challenges. Often we develop symptoms in response to conflicts we experience at home, work, or within our relationships. You may find that this involves sadness that doesn’t seem to go away, excessive worry, substance abuse, problems at work or school, marital problems, medical crises, an impending death in the family or loss of a loved one. Often problems develop in response to the transitions that are a natural part of life as it relates to relationships, family and work: parenting…adolescence…the departure of the college student… the trauma of job loss… career change possibilities… marital stress… separation and divorce… serious family illness…an aging parent. In some instances these challenges and transitions may affect your daily sense of well-being or become overwhelming affecting your functioning in relationships with others or how you feel about yourself. Psychotherapy and counseling is an effective way to regain your sense of capability and help maintain a healthy perspective while dealing directly with life problems, such as:
- Relationship problems
- Work-related stress
- Pre-marital issues
- Gender identity
- Low self esteem
- Drug & alcohol problems
- Gay and lesbian issues
- Midlife crises
- Life transitions/Retirement
- Medical crises
- Postpartum depression/Parenting
Therapy is essentially comprised of methods that educate, heal, comfort, strengthen and support individuals and families with problems during times of stress and transition. It can also provide a foundation for personal growth and change. The approach to therapy with my clients is threefold:
- Provide an understanding and supportive environment in which you can explore your thoughts and feelings about your concerns.
- Uncover negative thought and behavior patterns that may perpetuate your problems or create resistance to needed change.
- Develop strategies and solutions to improve your life by improving your coping, functioning and s general sense of well-being.
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