Antoinette Bonafede, LMSW, DBT, REBT

Antoinette believes the therapeutic rapport between client and clinician is vital to successful therapy outcomes. After all, if a person needs to hold back from their therapist, how can they get to the route of their difficulties? Antoinette is warm, sincere, and direct in her style; Her humanistic approach helps clients build trust and feel at ease as they understand themselves better. Antoinette understands that when life becomes overwhelming, it can be easy to lose sight of the qualities that make us extraordinary.

She works in tandem with clients to pinpoint how stress or other issues can cloud the wonderful characteristics of a person. In her work, she helps them understand the connections between past trauma, life experience, old ways of thinking, and strength so they can learn new methods to meet their needs and find ways to move forward.

Antoinette specializes in effective communication to support the individual’s wants, needs, and desires. She believes that when a person can express themselves clearly and appropriately, it opens the door for a more significant conversation and allows clients to see their strengths even in moments of weakness.

Antoinette has worked with varying age ranges and clients of all different walks of life and understands that no two individuals are the same. Her malleability to the client’s needs allows her to integrate several modalities into her work to ensure person-centered and individualized care. Modalities include the use of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Rational Emotional Behavioral Therapy (REBT). Training used to strengthen her clinical skillset include:

  • NYU Silver School of Social Work Advanced CBT Post Masters Certificate Program
  • Albert Ellis Institute’s Advanced Certificate Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
  • Albert Ellis Institute’s Primary Certificate Practicum in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
  • Columbia University School of Social Work- Adult Psychopharmacology for Non-prescribing Clinicians
  • PESI Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional (C-DBT) Training: An Advanced Online Skills Training for Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Everyday Clinical Needs
  • PESI Group Therapy: Effective Strategies for a Successful Group Practice
  • PESI Personality Disorders Certification Training: Advanced Diagnosis, Treatment & Management
  • PESI Suicidality: Assessment and Intervention
  • PESI Eating Disorders, Addictive Eating, Body Shame, and More
  • National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center: Foundations of LIGBTQIA+ Health
  • Clearly Clinical- Providing inclusive, Respectful Care to your Gender Questioning, Transgender & Non-Binary Clients
  • Clearly Clinical- Narcissist: The Skilled Abuser Part II: How Narcissistic Personalities Effect Family Dynamics
  • Clearly Clinical- Lifting Black Voices: Therapy, Trust and Racial Trauma
  • Make an Impact-The Good Enough Therapist: Futility, Failure, and Forgiveness in Treatment

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