ABOUT SYDNEY

fullsizeoutput_6dd.jpeg

Welcome!

                       

My name is Sydney Dean and I am a Licensed Master Social Worker. I strive to create a safe and trusting environment for my clients.  There’s so much power in forming trusting relationships. These relationships can help you repair, restore, and recharge.  Our sessions will be collaborative and engaging, with you being in the driver seat. I utilize strength based and solution-focused techniques to help my clients meet their goals. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and adults. 

WORK EXPERIENCE

While I was in my graduate program, I fulfilled the roles as a mental health counselor in a residential facility and a registered behavior technician.  After acquiring my Master’s degree, I began my work at Fred Finch Youth Center as a Care Coordinator where I provided therapy to adolescents. I then transitioned to Children and Family Services and investigated suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. In my current role I focus heavily on grief and loss counseling. I am experienced in working with behavioral difficulties, anxiety, grief, loss, adjustment, crisis intervention, and traumatic experiences.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING 

I earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Social Work from Prairie View A&M University and a Master’s in Arts in Social Work with an emphasis on children and families from University of Texas at Arlington..  

ON A PERSONAL NOTE 

I prefer to spend my free time reading books, listening to music, and traveling with friends. I am also always looking for ways to improve my skills to help those I encounter      

WHAT IS A LMSW?

In most cases, earning an MSW from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is enough to qualify to apply to become an LMSW. Depending on your state, there may be a licensure exam that evaluates an applicant’s understanding of key social work principles, particularly in ethics and safety. Many social workers with an MSW or LMSW have careers in case management, working in settings such as child protection agencies or government organizations evaluating eligibility for public assistance.  An LMSW is a professional license that enables a clinician to practice social work in most states. An LMSW may work in a variety of care or agency settings to deliver case management, therapy, counseling, and life-betterment services to people who need them.

”Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step.” Mariska Hargitay

 THERAPIST