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Syd Hart

Mental Health Counselor Student Intern

Syd works with adolescents, adults, and groups. She specializes in working with people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and/or terminal illnesses, as well as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Her experience includes working with people struggling with adjustment to disability/illness, identity and self-esteem, medical trauma, depression, and anxiety.

Syd is committed to providing an open and supportive space for clients to work through challenges of navigating life with a disability or chronic illness and/or intersecting identities. She has experience working in various settings with adolescents and adults with all kinds of medical and/or life challenges from cancer and Long COVID to Autism and ADHD. She operates from a social-justice oriented framework and takes an eclectic approach with clients, individualizing the therapeutic process according to their needs and goals. She also enjoys incorporating elements of geek culture into therapy when appropriate. Whatever your interests and wherever you’re at in your journey, Syd is here to support you on the way!

As a student therapist, Syd works under the supervision of a licensed professional to ensure the highest quality of care for her clients.

1 free session $40-$65 a session moving forward

Specializations:

Credentials & Experience:

  • Adjustment to Disability/Illness

  • Life Transitions

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Identity & Self-Esteem

  • Master of Arts in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at the University of South Florida (in progress)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Eckerd College

Syd sees clients aged 15 and above

Specializations:

  • Adjustment to disability/illness: Sydney has extensive experience helping individuals navigate the emotional challenges and lifestyle adjustments associated with disability and illness.

  • Individuals with cancer: Syd has experience helping individuals navigate the many changes that can accompany a cancer diagnosis and treatment, providing a comfortable space to process the full range of emotional and lifestyle challenges.

  • Medical trauma: Sydney is skilled in supporting individuals who have experienced medical trauma, providing a safe space to process emotions and develop coping strategies.

  • Identity and self-esteem: Sydney is dedicated to assisting clients in exploring their identity, building self-confidence, and fostering a positive self-image.

  • Depression and anxiety: Sydney is experienced in working with clients who struggle with depression and anxiety, offering practical tools and evidence-based techniques to alleviate symptoms.

  • ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder): Sydney is knowledgeable about ASD and provides support for individuals on the spectrum, helping them cope with challenges and develop skills to thrive in various settings.

  • LGBTQIA+ individuals: Sydney is affirming and inclusive in working with LGBTQIA+ individuals, offering support, understanding, and expertise in addressing the unique issues they may face.

Modalities:

Sydney utilizes an eclectic approach, drawing from different therapeutic modalities to create a tailored treatment plan for each client. These modalities include:

  • Person-centered therapy: Sydney believes in creating a warm, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore their thoughts and feelings freely.

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Sydney incorporates CBT techniques to help clients identify negative thought patterns, challenge unhelpful beliefs, and develop healthier behaviors.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Sydney utilizes ACT to support clients in accepting difficult emotions, clarifying their values, and taking action to live a meaningful life.

  • Social-justice oriented framework: Sydney is committed to promoting social justice and incorporates a framework that acknowledges the impact of systemic issues on clients' mental health and well-being.

  • Geek therapy: Sydney enjoys incorporating elements of geek culture into therapy when appropriate, using shared interests and references to create a comfortable and engaging therapeutic environment.

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