Spencer Oliveira, LMHC, has been serving clients at Suffolk DBT since January 2020. He previously worked with organizations that have served clients with drug/alcohol use, monitoring offenders for local courts, domestic violence victims, has consulted inside hospital psychiatric emergency rooms as well as currently serves individuals with varying levels of intellectual functioning that are overseen by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) in their day programs and residences. His primary specialization involves working with the Autism population who in conjunction have mental health diagnoses and/or criminal histories.
Spencer graduated from the State University at Albany with his degree in criminal justice and psychology. He then combined his two passions and went on to obtain a master’s from John Jay College in forensic mental health counseling. Since coming to Suffolk DBT, Spencer has completed his DBT Skills course taught by Marsha Linehan through Psychwire as well as been Foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in August 2021. He is a licensed mental health counselor with a wide variety of skill sets. Spencer takes pride in the fact that he addresses each client as a unique case when developing a treatment plan that will work specifically for their needs. His preferred approaches include Socratic questioning, metaphors, and real-life examples to help clients master elements of mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, behavior modification, and develop coping skills.
Spencer is open to having a caseload of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and sexual orientations, He believes that every person’s life is a gift and deserves a therapist who can provide unconditional positive support in their efforts towards self-improvement. In his personal life, those around Spencer feel comfortable to confide in him their concerns. Those who get to know him quickly build rapport due to his candid and lively disposition.
Spencer values most about himself that he cares deeply for his patient’s self-esteem and well-being. He is a welcome addition to our team who puts his full heart and soul into each client and looks forward to working with you soon.