About Gissa Infante, LCSW

Gissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work and Bachelor’s in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University.

“In providing therapeutic services my approach is both humanistic and empowerment-based. I believe all of us have the capacity to create positive changes in our lives if we are willing to look within to find our own strengths and put them into practice. Offering a safe space for self exploration and healing has allowed me to witness great personal transformations for both individuals and families. By reconnecting mind, body, and spirit we can increase our self-awareness and make lasting changes.

I have worked with adults, young adults, and families in individual and group counseling. I specialize in empowering victims of trauma and violence, as well as assisting with anxiety, adjustment to life transitions, grief/loss, self-esteem, relationship issues, career and financial empowerment, stress, and parenting. I have specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR); an evidence-based practice that has been proven as one of the most effective treatments of trauma.”
Gissa also brings her bilingual skills to the practice and offers counseling in Spanish or English, as well as hardship evaluations for immigration cases.
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2008
Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011
Experience includes:
Sexual assault response, advocacy and counseling
Domestic violence response, advocacy and counseling
Crisis Intervention
Life Skills Training
Several years experience working with culturally diverse populations, at-risk families, and homeless families
Counseling focused on adjustment, grief, trauma, relationships, self-esteem, parenting, stress
Crisis intervention and sexual assault response
Consejeria en Espanol (Counseling in Spanish)
Professional Qualifications and Associations:
Clinical Social Work Intern (LCSW) through the State of Florida Department of Health
NASW (National Association of Social Workers) member and SWFL chapter Secretary

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