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Our Background & Experience

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Patience Silva, LCSW

Patience B. Silva, LCSW

 

Welcome to my page. My name is Patience. I am a Catholic therapist who values her faith and vocation to serve and help others heal through the field of counseling.  I was raised in a traditional Catholic family with very loving parents and 7 siblings. Yet, I still managed to stray away from my faith when I was a teenager and I learned quickly how much a person can lose. Through God’s mercy I found my way back to the Catholic church in 2008. During this process I fell in love with St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. The profound experience has shaped my approach to therapy and deepened my desire to counsel those who need healing.

I have a passion for working with couples and individuals, seeking to integrate their Catholic faith into the healing process. However, I am trained in traditional counseling methods and recognize that we are all at different places on our faith journey. That said, I am able to meet clients where they are at and can successfully work with those of all faith backgrounds and belief systems.

Credentials: 

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker #98940

  • Masters in Social Work, CSU Stanislaus

  • B.S. Mental Health and Human Services, Minor: Psychology, Franciscan University of Steubenville 

Training and Experience:

Individuals and couples (children, teens, adults); Christian marriage; Theology of the Body; trauma and crisis; 12 step recovery, alcoholism, addictions; self-esteem issues; OCD/anxiety; depression; sexual disorders; personality disorders; Autism, ADHD; Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) & Trauma Focused CBT; Narrative Therapy; Solution Focused Therapy; Strength Based Approach; Client Centered; EMDR Trained

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Welcome! My name is Fiona and I am born and raised Roman Catholic. I have passion for helping others on a spiritual and emotional level. My background includes work in church ministry, social services, and mental health. This includes working as a youth and young adult director for the Catholic church, as well as serving the community through a variety of social service capacities and in the field of mental health.

 

As a Catholic therapist I utilize a variety of therapy modalities to help a person heal, recover, and love themselves as Christ loves them. I enjoy integrating the faith when clients want to, while I also respect the needs and desires of the individual client. When working with me, common treatment goals may include emotional healing, personal growth, or improved relationships. My counseling approach begins with building rapport and trust, evaluating your strengths and areas of growth, creating a personalized treatment plan, and then working together to meet those goals. I am trained in traditional therapy modalities, such as narrative therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, and solution focused therapy. I believe our social and emotional wellbeing is strongly impacted by our environment and aim to assess all aspects of life in order to make the most progress.

 

Credentials:

Associate Clinical Social Worker #100926

Masters Degree in Social Worker, CSU Stanislaus

Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development, CSU Stanislaus

 

Training & Experience: Narrative Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Solutions Focused Therapy; crisis-response and intervention; social services (child protective services, family reunification, legal/justice system); intimate partner violence; addictions; foster care/adoptions; school counseling.

Fiona Coelho, ACSW

Fiona Coelho, ACSW

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