Suzanne Janczewski, LCSW
“It is such a powerful moment when people realize that they want to make a positive change in their lives. I have a lot of admiration for that.”
Asking for help is a “brave and courageous thing to do,” says Suzanne Janczewski, a licensed clinical social worker who runs the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group treatment sessions for adolescents, aged 13 to 17.
The program’s patients struggle with one or more psychiatric disorders and/or addiction, all characterized by a difficulty in managing emotions and coping with stress in a healthy way.
“DBT helps address and target many different issues that patients in recovery struggle with,” says Suzanne. “It teaches skills to help with mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.”
Suzanne and the entire team collaborate very closely with their patients’ outside providers, including therapists and psychiatrists, to achieve the best results. “Most of the time by the end of the program you can see such a change in the kids: they’re feeling better, able to identify wise mind thoughts, and their relationships improve.”
Master of Social Work, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Lafayette College