LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Ray Nieves is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who utilizes a strength-based, collaborative, and person-centered approach in his work with clients to challenge negative thought processes, assist clients in identifying their own personal strengths, and believes clients are the experts in their own experience. Ray helps clients reflect on maladaptive thoughts and behaviors that may be impacting their lives and works to assist clients in identifying and developing their own therapeutic goals to make positive changes in their lives.
Ray’s work experience has focused on clients struggling with Co-occurring disorders, in particular serving clients who struggle with substance use/abuse, anxiety, and depression/mood related problems. Ray also has experience helping clients struggling with grief/bereavement, self-esteem issues, adjustment issues, stress management, communication skill building, LGBT issues, boundary setting, and anger management. Ray has trained in various evidence-based interventions including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acudetox, and Gambling Addiction Disorder.
Ray completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Southern Connecticut State University, with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Social Work. Prior to working at Greenwich Center for Hope and Renewal, Ray worked in a residential program, starting as a clinician and then as director of the program. Ray is also SIFI certified and has provided supervision of Social Work Interns and other master’s level Social Workers to develop their clinical skills in their work with clients.