Astrid received her bachelors and masters degrees in social work, where she has dedicated over 20 years to program development, advocacy, and counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has provided mental health and support to adults and children living in shelter and transitional housing settings, juvenile justice involved youth and young adults, and children and their families in their homes and communities through the NJ Children's System of Care.
Astrid helps people identify and achieve their personal goals utilizing an approach that highlights the strengths and positive attributes of each individual. She ensures that clients feel cared for and supported as they work through managing the issues that are causing them anxiety and distress. Astrid enjoys helping individuals find creative and artistic outlets to develop positive coping skills for managing their anxiety, anger and negative thought patterns.
Astrid's specialty is working with teens and young adults transitioning into adulthood and gaining their independence, with a focus on identity conflicts, communication skills, social skills, anger management, and life skills. Some of her other counseling experience areas include oppositional/conduct disorders, anxiety and depression, and trauma, including post traumatic stress and domestic abuse.