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Claudette Sierra-Pappas, LSW
Licensed Social Worker
732-389-0697 Extension: 900
Location: Eatontown (Main Office)
Claudette received her Master of Social Work degree from the Rutgers University School of Social Work. The concentration of her studies was on clinical social work with mental and behavioral health as her area of emphasis. Claudette earned her Bachelor of Psychology degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she graduated magna cum laude. Claudette had been an intern at Integrated Care Concepts & Consultation (ICCC) prior to joining as a therapist. Before her experience at ICCC, Claudette was a counseling intern at the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHAMC) where she worked with adolescents and their families utilizing her bilingual skills as a Spanish speaker. While at MHAMC, she provided individual therapy to adolescents, co-facilitated groups for middle and high school students and linked families to needed services. As a licensed social worker, Claudette’s focus is on collaborating with adults, young adults, and adolescents in addressing mental health and environmental circumstances.
Claudette has always had a passion for understanding and helping others and prides herself on being able to connect with people of diverse backgrounds. As a person who is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) and coming from a multi-racial and multi-cultural background, Claudette brings passion, empathy, and life experience to her work. She creates a safe and judgment free space in which to work with her clients. Claudette believes in a holistic approach to understanding and navigating life’s problems and challenges, where compassion, understanding and nonjudgmental communication form the foundation of the therapist and client relationship.
Claudette brings a diverse life experience to her practice, having come from a background of being a professional vocalist for many years prior to becoming a therapist. One of the earliest experiences leading to her career in social work was working with The Weil Institute at Carnegie Hall as a Teaching Artist in the Musical Connections Program, where she worked with challenged individuals in community and institutional settings to collaborate in songwriting workshops, live performances and studio recordings.
When not working Claudette enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends.
All forms of art – music, dance, visual arts, and even comedy, have always been and continue to be important in her life. Claudette’s favorite authors include Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz, Milan Kundera, Louise Erdrich, and Franz Fanon.
Services provided by Claudette
- Creates a safe, judgment free, communicative environment for the client and therapist relationship
- Culturally sensitive and enjoys working with diverse populations
- Multi-lingual (English and Spanish) and multi-cultural background
- Emphasis on Adults, Families and Teens
- Brings compassion, support, understanding and life experience to her work