Todd Shapiro, LCSW, MPA

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.