Integrative Empowerment Group, PLLC
Vinny (he/him/his) believes that triumphs over great adversity can act as hooks into the emotional experience. He understands that therapy is a special opportunity to bond with clients and to listen for things that aren't being said. Vinny knows that each client brings their own unique set of lived experiences and patterns of behavior influenced by race, culture, family, peer groups, economic circumstances, ability, queer identities, religious beliefs, discrimination, and various other intersections. He believes that successful therapy is only possible through earning trust and building genuine rapport with his clients.
Vinny approaches therapy from a personalized and holistic framework. He believes this is possible by integrating a variety of unique modalities including existential logotherapy, strengths based positive psychology, CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, problem solving, creative writing, and psychoanalysis to best support each client. Vinny joins with clients to form a partnership, where goals and solutions are mutually agreed upon, and re-evaluated throughout the evolving collaborative relationship. Vinny has experience supporting clients with existential concerns, anxiety, depression, adjustment to life changes, suicidal ideation, career concerns, grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, minority stress, and identity exploration.
Vinny earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Michigan (U-M) in 2019. He completed the European Clinical Psychology program at the Danish Institute of Study Abroad (DIS) in partnership with the University of Copenhagen in 2015. Vinny has several years of experience working with a diverse range of people. He provided Career Counseling and Values Clarification at U-M’s Career Center, provided psychotherapy at EMU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and worked with clients on the neurocognitive spectrum while in Denmark. In 2018, Vinny was selected as a Telluride Fellow, a dedicated community of scholars who critically embraced and evaluated matters of diversity, service, equity, and inclusion.
Vinny has a particular passion for working with LGBTQIA+ identified clients and has provided trans and kink-affirming care. He has also worked with clients investigating mutually agreed upon non-monogamous relationships. Vinny specializes in working with clients from diverse backgrounds who are typically hesitant about engaging in therapy and believes all presenting problems should be viewed through the lens of kindness.