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Desiree Farragher, MSW, LISW-S

Licensed Independent Social Worker
Supervising Social Worker

Liberty Clinic

Licensure

Licensed Independent Social Worker-Supervisor

Education

Master of Social Work Degree, May 2010, Youngstown State University

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology, December 2006, Youngstown State University

Professional History

Desiree Farragher is a Clinical Social Worker who works with a variety of populations in her clinical practice. She began working with PsyCare in 2006 while completing her bachelor’s degree and has continued to work at the agency while achieving her educational and professional goals. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Youngstown State University. While in graduate school, Desiree was awarded the Children’s Circle of Friends Foundation Scholarship. In addition to providing therapy services, Desiree also works as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, to promote the social and emotional development of young children. She has also worked with individuals with developmental disabilities at the Gateways Workshop. Desiree is the co-captain for PsyCare’s NAMI Walks Team and has been successful in achieving team and donation growth over the last four years. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a group developed to support and advocate for those living with mental illness. The event supports Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties.

Specialties

Early childhood assessment and treatment (beginning at age 3); individuals with developmental disabilities, chronic pain patients and injured workers. Accepts clients of all ages.

Professional Objectives

“In my role as a clinical social worker, it is my priority to provide support, education and therapeutic interventions through comprehensive treatment. I continually work to expand my knowledge to implement in my social work practice. It is my intention to include clients in developing their own treatment goals, to empower and encourage the ability for one to evaluate his or her own progress. Overall, my goal as a social worker is to promote adaptive thought patterns, coping strategies, problem-solving and self-awareness to enhance individual social and emotional growth.”

Theoretical Orientation

Desiree uses several theoretical interventions in her practice. Some of these include: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, an intervention derived from cognitive and behavioral theories, to identify the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and actions to improve a client’s ability to cope with life stressors. Psychosocial theory is used to encourage recognition of conflicts and challenges to stimulate self-awareness and promote learning and growth. Solution-focused therapy is often applied to assist clients in developing their own solutions, and evaluating their efforts in the process. Choice theory, which includes the intervention of reality therapy, is implemented in treatment to help people discover and modify their own feelings and actions, recognizing they are in control of their behavior. Interventions are modified based on a client’s individual goals for treatment.

Special Training

Early child development
Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation