Janel Guinane, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LIC NO. 70118

My career in the helping professions started in 1997 at a residential treatment program in San Francisco working with adults with substance use issues and co-occurring mental health disorders. At this time, one did not need a degree in substance use counseling to work in this area and I was able to gain a great deal of experience. This launched a long road of determination to attain a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2008 and then a Master’s in Social Work in 2010. Throughout my educational years and afterward, I worked with several different populations such as children, teens, TAY, former foster youth, homeless youth, LGBTQQIA adults and youth, adults and teens with mental illness, homeless adults, and those arrested for alcohol and/or drug related offenses. I recently worked as a Program Manager of a Clinic that assesses individuals with severe mental health disorders for County treatment services as well as a homeless day respite center that connects unhoused persons with housing, food, healthcare, etc. My treatment approach is one that is Client-Centered, Strength’s-Based, and Humanistic. I utilize Motivational Interviewing to gain knowledge into my Client’s perspective and objectives. I believe that every person in an expert in their own life and that I act only as a guide and collaborator to help my clients reach their goals and enrich their lives. I have had experiences working with those with depression such as Major Depression Disorder and Bipolar Disorder, anxiety disorders such as Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and OCD, trauma such as PTSD, and severe mental illness such as Schizophrenia and various other conditions. My goal is to work with the client on their goals and try not to solely give advice, which I find is less than effective. Many times individuals already know what they need and are seeking guidance, clarity, and the care of someone to be authentic and responsive to those needs.

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