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Fanteema Barnes, LCSW


fanteemaaboutme.jpgI am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist in New Jersey and New York. I have been doing this work for over 20 years. I have been providing individual, group, couples, and family therapy to children, teens, and adults. I currently provide online therapy to people 18 and over. I am comfortable and have experience working with people of all faiths and cultures as well as being an LGBTQQIA (also known as "sexual minority") affirming therapist. I'm one of the Ambassadors for THERA Inc., the first company to provide virtual reality counseling using customizable avatars and I'm currently accepting referrals. In addition, I founded The SWEET Network, LLC (Supporting Women to Empower and Enhance Themselves) providing counseling and self-help tools to women for personal and professional growth. I specialize in working with Black and Latinx women.

My counseling style includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to help people make the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. CBT involves learning about the issues like depression or self-esteem and completing exercises to learn your current mindset and how to change it. Mindfulness is related and is about being aware of yourself and living in the present moment as well as being focused on positive goals. Using these two strategies helps you to stay focused and adds accountability to prevent you from slipping back into old habits. Clients leave sessions with clarity on who they are, what they want, and how to get it – stress-free. I also use other therapeutic strategies based on the client's needs.

Click here to see some feedback from a few of my clients.

Education

  • Fordham University – Graduate School of Social Service
    Ph.D. in Social Work (all but dissertation status) 2007
  • Fordham University - Graduate School of Social Service
    Masters in Social Work 2001
  • City University of New York at York College
    Bachelor of Science in Social Work 2000

Licenses and Certifications

  • LCSW (NY) #083531-1 (Expires: 2021-05-31)
  • LCSW (NJ) #44SC05669100 (Expires: 2020-08-31)
  • Certificate Program in TeleMental Health and Digital Ethics, ZUR Institute
  • Understanding Difficult & Aggressive Behaviors, INR Seminars
  • Mental Health First Aid, Bronx Community College
  • Motivational Interviewing as a Counseling Style, At Health, Inc.
  • The Use of Writing as a Healing Technique, Social Work p.r.n.
  • Suicide Risk Assessment and IDD, Trinitas Regional Medical Center
  • Self-Injury, Eating Disorders, and Suicidality: Understanding Adolescent Self-Destructiveness, Fordham University
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision, National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NJ), 2018
  • Certificate in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for trauma, 2018

Professional Activities

  • Panelist and guest speaker at public schools and colleges
  • Workshop and seminar facilitation

Yaminah Polanco, LSW


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In the moment. This is a theme that I often discuss with the individuals I help. Being in the moment is something that many of us want to do, but struggle with actually doing. Whether it means being more present with your children or partner, or fully enjoying the happy times in your life, my clients have been successful in enhancing their quality of life. The services I provide are catered to your needs, to assist you with being the best you, and with living and enjoying a happier life…all from the comfort of your home! I have successfully assisted adults experiencing various struggles in their life including anxiety, depression, career counseling, relationship/marital concerns, trauma, family conflicts, symptom management, and low self-esteem.

As a Hispanic psychotherapist, I have a passion and interest in helping other minorities who are often under-served or whom face some cultural stigma related to mental health.

Please reach out to me to discuss how I can assist you with living in the moment and enjoying all of the great things that life has to offer!