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Meet Corynne Cafferty-Carranza, LCSW

Meet Corynne Cafferty-Carranza, LCSW

As the lead therapist at Life of Purpose Treatment, Corynne is responsible for conducting individual and group therapy sessions, treatment planning and ongoing evaluation, initial and ongoing assessments, and mental health evaluations. She also hosts family therapy sessions and maintains correspondence with the families of her clients.

Corynne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Aging Studies from the University of Central Florida, where she was a member of the Order of Omega Honor Society. She received her master’s degree in social work from Florida Atlantic University, where she was a member of Phi Alpha Honor Society.

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Tell us a little bit about your role at Life of Purpose.

I am the lead therapist on the clinical team. As a therapist here, I have individual therapy sessions with my clients and also run several hours of group therapy weekly. I assist my clients in developing treatment plans that are individualized to their specific needs, provide support and empowerment as they enter early recovery. I facilitate family therapy and have weekly phone calls with the families and loved ones of my clients. In addition, I assist in managing, preventing, and de-escalating crisis situations. I also assist in chart auditing and ensuring that the clinical documentation is up to date.

What do you love the most about your job?

I love being able to help young adults begin their journey towards a happy, sober life. I love when I hear from former clients who are doing well as a result of the work that they’ve done while with Life of Purpose and from returning to school. One of the things I enjoy most about this field and this job is that every day is different and every client is different in their histories and in their needs.

Tell us something about yourself most people don’t know.

I lived overseas for a period of time after graduating from college. I lived and worked in Dublin, Ireland and also London, England. It was one of the most memorable times of my life!

Do you have any tips for families on deciding which treatment facility to choose?

It is important to feel comfortable with and confident in the staff that you speak with and meet from the treatment facility. It is equally important that the facility and the clinical team have similar goals for the client as the client and the family do as this will be something that becomes a large component of the client’s treatment plan. An example of this is returning to school, if education is something that is valued and thought of as essential in building self-esteem in early recovery, it would be ideal and necessary to select a treatment program that has a similar philosophy.

How do you help a loved one suffering from substance use disorder?

To help a loved one suffering from substance misuse, it is helpful to learn what you can about substance use and recovery. It is important to encourage your loved one to receive treatment by expressing your love and your concern, and perhaps by assisting in doing research on options for treatment. Remember, you are not responsible for the actions of your loved one, nor should you attempt to cover up, justify, or make excuses for them. They must be able to experience consequences on their own in order to realize the need to change.

Do you have any tips for students about the challenges of being in recovery while in college?

Receive support! Take care of yourself by ensuring your recovery remains your priority while still in school. An amazing way to do this is to get involved with a CRC and YPR.

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