Helping you explore, understand, and meet the challenges in your life’s journey
What I Do
For more than 20 years I have helped people deal with anxiety, loss, grief, depression, relationship issues, addiction-related problems, work struggles, abuse and neglect. My practice includes counseling individuals and couples going through life changes such as marriage, divorce, births, deaths and illnesses. I am experienced in crisis situations and can arrange to see you without delay if you are feeling a sense of urgency.
I earned my master’s degree from SUNY-Albany and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) through the New York state Education Department. I am a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. I am also a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work through the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. This certification in advanced practice means I meet and maintain high standards in clinical education, training and experience.
As a private practitioner, I provide care tailored to your needs and goals, and I offer a welcoming, quiet environment. My goal is to help you explore and address challenges or concerns that arise in your life’s journey.
About counseling and psychotherapy
Our emotions can relate to a specific event, be triggered by our personality or outlook, or by our biological or genetic makeup. It’s common to feel anxious or depressed, like you are in a crisis, or questioning your relationships.
Counseling is a way to understand why we feel certain ways. It’s also a way we can change our behavior and outlook to become “unstuck” from unproductive ways of thinking, feeling and acting. Counseling also helps regain balance when we feel that our foundation has been shaken.
There are different types of counseling therapies such as cognitive behavioral, problem solving, and insight oriented. Mindfulness is also becoming another important approach that therapists offer.
There is no one “best” therapy. Each style has its benefits and a place in helping you reach your goals. In order to be successful, any style of therapy relies on collaboration between the therapist and the person seeking help. The development of a supportive, therapeutic relationship promotes working through issues so the individual develops new skills to reduce distress and reach greater peace.
I’ll encourage you to talk about how you think you’ve developed patterns of behavior and which patterns may no longer work for you. I’ll also encourage you to think about how you set boundaries in relationships, view responsibilities to yourself and others, and explore if your reactions to, or interpretations of events ever get blown out of proportion. Through therapy you will learn skills to be a better problem-solver and grow to be more confident and content.
Through these conversations you will gain insight about your thoughts and feelings. Putting your feelings into words helps give you control, leads to resolving inner conflicts, and allows you to develop skills to meet whatever challenges come your way.
I earned my master’s degree from SUNY-Albany and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) through the New York State Education Department. I am a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers as well as a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work through the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. This certification in advanced practice means I meet and maintain high standards in clinical education, training, and experience. I have experience with individuals and couples in brief, long-term, crisis therapy, and mental health emergencies.
Since I was a teen, I have been interested in human behavior – how and why we do things that for the most part work out well for us but sometimes cause us stress or other problems. As an undergraduate and graduate student, I studied different theories of behavior. In my practice in family service, community mental health, criminal justice, medical settings and now my private practice, I have helped people understand and apply these theories to their own lives.
Cooper Counseling, a private practice in Rochester, N.Y., allows me to integrate these experiences and work independently to focus on you.
Private practice in a home-like setting
Helping individuals and couples manage their stress
Care tailored to your individual needs and goals
Your First Session
This is a chance to tell me how you have been feeling, your situation, your symptoms, and anything else you wish to share.
I will ask you questions based on what I hear and will ask you to review with me topics such as symptoms, previous mental health treatment, substance use, past medical history, and your goals. We’ll also discuss my impressions based on what you’ve said and my thoughts for how treatment should proceed.
The average appointment is 45-50 minutes. Longer sessions can be scheduled when necessary. I pride myself on seeing patients promptly. Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of your first counseling session to complete initial paperwork.
Payment is expected at the time of the visit. I accept Visa, MasterCard, check, or cash. Some people choose to pay for services without using their insurance benefit. We can discuss that option at our first meeting if this interests you.
I accept the following insurances:
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (including Monroe Plan/Option and others)
MVP (including Option)
United Behavioral Health
If you will be using your health insurance, please bring your insurance card with you. Please check to see whether you have a copay or a deductible. If you have a deductible, please check the amount, how much you have met, and your benefit for outpatient mental health services once the deductible has been met.
I understand that health insurance is complicated. Please call me and I’ll be glad to help you understand the cost based on your coverage.
Please print and fill out these forms before your first visit. If you are not able to do so please arrive at your first visit 15 minutes early so you can fill them out in my office.
Release of Information Form (pdf)
(Release of Information Forms are for instances where you want me to give information to others such as physicians, attorneys, family, or other loved ones.)
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Rochester
Mental Health Association of Rochester
National Institute of Mental Health
US National Library of Medicine
US NIH Sponsored medical journal search
Anxiety & Depression Association of America
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Partnership for prescription assistance
Steven I. Cooper, LCSW-R
1169 Pittsford-Victor Road, #145
Pittsford, NY 14534
eMail: [email protected]