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Articles by K. “Alice” Cennamo, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Primary Therapist for Phoenix Outdoor (adolescent girls ages 14-17 with dual diagnosis)
K. “Alice” Cennamo, MSW, LCSW, LCAS works with adolescent females as they move through problematic substance use, trauma, defiance, anxiety, family conflict, and co-occurring disorders. She utilizes a strength-based approach to adolescent identity development and emphasizes empowerment as an agent for creating change.
Alice has been working at SUWS of the Carolinas since 2011. Thanks to her three year tenure as a field guide in wilderness therapy she has an extensive understanding of the challenges and successes her clients experience during their stay at SUWS, as well as a keen eye for staff training and clinical oversight.
As a clinician, she specializes in dual-diagnosis treatment. Alice treats both the problematic substance use patterns, as well as the anxiety, depression, avoidance or perfectionism patterns, underlying chronic shame, unproductive personality traits, emotional dysregulation, identity development, self-esteem issues, PTSD, family conflict, and/or defiance that often occurs. Often, the young ladies she works with have been resistant to past treatment interventions, might expertly manipulate, or require an especially savvy therapist. Through her training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psycho therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, Alice guides her clients towards refocusing their power, realigning with their values, and reuniting with their true selves.
Alice assists her clients in generalizing and applying the skills they learn in wilderness to their functioning in greater society, as well as assisting parents on their parallel process of integrating communication skills, parenting tools, healthy relationships, and boundaries to the after graduation environment.
Prior to her time in the wilderness, Alice worked in after-school programming, transition coaching, and curriculum development, as well as academic and interpersonal counseling. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Human Services and Addiction Studies from Appalachian State University, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Ohio University.
When not at base camp, she can be found presenting at industry and national conferences on Trauma & ACT, the nuances of working with young women in recovery, and rebuilding healthy peer relationships after a teen has returned home from treatment. She enjoys trail running, identifying local flora, spending time with family, and hiking with her dog.