Todd Shapiro, LCSW, MPA
Hello and thank you for taking the time to read about me. My family and I recently relocated from Connecticut. The desire to relocate was to escape the cold and snowy winters and experience the sunshine, beautiful beaches and the friendly people of the Gulf Coast.
I have been a professional Social Worker for over 37 years and have been a psychotherapist for 13 years.
The decision to become a Social Worker came in the spring of my senior year of college. I was majoring in public health and was preparing to become a high school biology teacher. During my student teaching experience, I realized that I enjoyed the contact with young people more than the idea of having to manage a classroom and teach a subject. It was my uncle, then a high school principal in Connecticut who suggested I look int social work; as they say, the rest is history.
Two of my passions are cars and dogs. I love anything to do with cars; researching, fixing, detailing and, of course driving them. I grew up with dogs and cannot possibly live without one, two or even three of them. I am partial to Golden Retrievers. In my adult life, I have cared for many Goldens; some adopted as older dogs and some raised from puppies, but always loved. I enjoy training them, sharing them and making them important parts of family life and have incorporated them in my professional life.
My Therapeutic Approach:
I believe the central theme to good therapy is the therapist/client relationship. Whether I am working with a child, adolescent, adult, older adult, family or couple, I always encourage new clients to give it a try. I invite them to join me in the office for a first session just to get to know each other. Once the relationship is solidified then, the real work can begin.
I specialize in helping people improve their overall health. Every patient brings something different to the session and I vary my approach to best meet their needs, style and goals. I use a variety of modalities including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Anger Management techniques, Skills Building and Solutions focused therapy, Emotion Regulation, and psycho-education. I also work very closely with psychiatrists and primary care physicians to coordinate care for individuals who’s needs include medication treatment.
I am experienced in conducting comprehensive assessments and utilize screening measures to accurately diagnose what challenges are interfering with optimal health. I am experienced in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, Hoarding, gambling, adult and childhood ADHD, ASD, PTSD, addictions, substance abuse or alcoholism. I also assist with life transitions, for children and adolescents-growing up healthy and making good age appropriate decisions, and for adults coping with divorce, grief and loss, parent-child relationships, post-divorce co-parenting or domestic violence and unexpected life challenges.
I look forward to meeting you and settling into my new life here on the Gulf Coast.