Holly Tomasello, MS, MHC-LP
Mental Health Counselor providing services to NY residents.
Engage In Self- Discovery & Empowerment
I graduated with a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Canisius College. I am experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I also specialize in working with trauma, employing crisis counseling/intervention, as well as responding to grief and loss. I have worked with families and have implemented a solution-focused approach while providing information, resources, and referrals in the community. I am knowledgeable in developmental disabilities, neurodiversity, and the services available in the community. In addition to counseling services, I can also provide goal-directed advocacy and skill-building strategies.
A Safe Place To Tell Your Story
I provide person-centered, individual counseling that is tailored to the unique needs of my clients. I have a holistic approach to counseling that treats the whole person, including physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.
My counseling philosophy is based on techniques from psychodynamic and motivational interviewing theories, and I can employ crisis intervention strategies and Christian-based counseling if desired.
My goal is to help clients achieve their best sense of self and enhance their quality of life. I have a holistic approach to counseling, which is provided in a safe, nonjudgmental environment for self expression. I believe that clients can receive support and guidance in exploring the issues that are difficult to handle alone.
“Helping clients find a pathway to peace; taking them from darkness and silence to hope and voice.”
You’re Not Alone
Types of Therapies
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) explores the relationship between beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, and the behaviors that follow. CBT teaches people that perceptions about the world, self, and others influence their response to challenging circumstances.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is similar to CBT and a more comprehensive approach. DBT emphasizes problem-solving skills and acceptance-based strategies. The premise of DBT is that opposite concepts such as change and acceptance can exist simultaneously.
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is one of a variety of targeted trauma-informed techniques. CPT usually lasts approximately 12 weeks and aims to help people manage distressing thoughts more effectively through activities such as writing an impact statement, reviewing “stuck points” and the corresponding beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors. Clients who engage in CPT are guided by a therapist to gain a deeper understanding of how traumatic experiences can influence the way they think about themselves, others, and the world.
Narrative Therapy encourages people to rely on their inner strengths and skills to reduce the impact of negative life experiences. Narrative therapy is based on the belief that a person’s experiences become their personal stories, which create meaning and individual identity. Narrative therapy aims to empower the client to narrate his or her own story and discover purpose for their life.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a goal-oriented therapy that emphasizes a person’s present and future circumstances rather than his or her past experiences. Unlike other treatment modalities, SFBT does not focus on the reason for treatment but rather helps clients identify the skills, resources, and innate abilities needed to achieve a positive outcome.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) (formerly Motivational Interviewing) focuses on a person’s motivation to change. The modality targets a person’s negative, self-destructive behavior, and his or her corresponding willingness to change. The target behavior often falls in the realm of a person’s outlooks on health, family life, or social functioning.
Butterfly Tapping is a Trauma-informed strategy using bilateral stimulation. Butterfly Tapping aids in reprocessing traumatic memories and intrusive thoughts by increasing a sense of safety.
Adapted from: goodtherapy.org and the EMDR Capital Research Foundation.
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Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Limited evenings & Saturday hours.
NOTICE: If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, do not send Contact Form correspondence. Instead, please call your physician, psychiatrist, or 911. You can also reach Crisis Services 24-hour help line at 716-834-3131 or The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988 to reach a trained Crisis Counselor at any time.
Under the supervision of Ashley Schimenti, LMHC
NYS LIC. NO. 006839
8207 Main Street, Suite 1
Williamsville, NY 14221
5555 Main Street, Suite 1
Williamsville, NY 14221
- Individual, family, and group counseling
- Free 30-minute consultation
- 60-minute sessions
- Serving all of NYS (telehealth and in-person)
- Psychology Today and Open Path Psychotherapy Collective
- Secure online payment
- Offer teletherapy
- Sliding scale available
- Accept cash, check, major credit cards, HSA, and Zelle
In my spare time I like to cuddle with my three cats and try new restaurants with friends. I also enjoy singing and watching reality tv/medical dramas when I am not writing or playing with stimulating apps. I like to volunteer and help people achieve a sense of safety when experiencing a “hot moment”. Bringing them to a “cool calm” gives me a sense of satisfaction; knowing that I can use my personal experiences to relate to clients allows me to show that I am human too.