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Lee Lacerdo, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Hawaii (license #3430)

Rostered Child Parent Psychotherapy Therapist

Endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist

Masters in Social Work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Bachelors in Elementary Education

Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Member of the Hawaii Association of Infant Mental Health in Hawaii

My name is Lee Lacerdo and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.   I began my career in social work as a therapeutic caregiver, working with drug exposed infants and toddlers as well as infants and toddlers at risk for abuse and neglect.  It was at this job that I decided to go back to school for my Masters in Social Work.  Since graduating with my MSW from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, I  worked with a diverse group of individuals (adults and children) and families at a private, non-profit agency.  Most were involved with Child Welfare Services or the courts.  

I have experience in providing case management, home based counseling, individual therapy with adults, play therapy with children and group therapy with adults.  The children I worked with experienced abuse (physical, emotional and sexual), neglect and rejection.  Some of the children who were in foster care were unable to return to their families of origin so they grieved the loss of their families. 

The adults I worked with experienced childhood abuse and neglect and they often grew up in very chaotic situations.  As adults, they struggled to cope with intrusive memories and they often turned to unhealthy coping mechanisms and poor decision making.  Many became involved in Child Welfare Services or the criminal courts.  I have also conducted numerous trainings on the topic of intra-familial sexual abuse. 

My career path lead me to become a supervisor for case managers and therapists and eventually I did work in quality assurance.  I am a rostered Child Parent Psychotherapy therapist.  I was trained in an early intervention modality focusing on  infant/toddler mental health.  This modality involves working with the child and the child's primary caregiver on their attachment and bond in a therapeutic setting .  This is exciting work as I am able to help families change the trajectory of their child's life.

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