I am a licensed Clinical Social worker (LCSW-R and Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), with over 20 years of mental health and addictions counseling experience obtained through working with individuals, couples, families and groups in a variety of inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings.
My main goal is to help my clients reach their highest potential in as short a period of time as possible. I take a Person-Centered approach to my work. I believe in providing a practical and interactive experience for my clients in a sensitive, supportive, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment. It is important to me that my clients feel safe.
Although I have been known to help people and be a great listener pretty much my whole life my professional career began in 1997 when I completed my Masters Degree in Social Work from the University at Buffalo. I also hold a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology, Bachelors in Music Performance (Classical Guitar) and Associates in Applied Science (Music).
My exposure to trained counseling began with my volunteer work through Crisis Services of Erie County in the early 1990s. I was trained as a phone counselor and volunteer in the phone counseling program for several years. I also
volunteered for several years at Buffalo General’s MICAID program in which I was involved with a research project and started sitting in and eventually co-facilitating groups. My internships where completed through Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers residential program and at Monsignor Carr Institute.
The variety of employment opportunities that I have been fortunate enough to obtain have given me a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from in which I use to assist my clients in achieving their goals.
Having completed my degrees I moved to Rochester to take a job as a manger of a house in an addictions residential program. The house I managed was considered a special needs house in which people would also have various co-occurring illnesses such as Mental illness, personality disorders, and physical health issues to include cancer and HIV. After spending the better part of a year in this position, I wanted to have more formal counseling experience. I began searching and found a position working for Unity Health System as a Chemical Dependency Counselor at Park Ridge Chemical Dependency and Per Diem as a Psychiatric Assignment Officer in the St. Mary’s Psychiatric Emergency Department.
My career as a Clinical Social Worker has had many twists and turns. I had gained a fondness for Buffalo while attending school at the University at Buffalo and through my various employment opportunities worked my way back to this great city. After leaving Park Ridge, I have had outstanding opportunities to work for the Office of Mental Health inside the Attica Correctional Facility, as a Social Work supervisor for the Designated AIDS center for Western New York at Erie County Medical Center, Per Diem as a therapist for Child and Family Services, and full and part time for Monsignor Carr Institute providing mental health and substance abuse counseling. My most recent full time experience has come from my employment at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center where I worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker on the inpatient Admissions Unit.
I began my private practice part time in March, 2010. In July, 2013 I decided to take a chance and go full time. I have been fortunate in my endeavors to have a career that I love that allows me to continue to successfully help the people that cross my threshold.
Frederick Marschner ReachesBuffalo NY