Sheryl Schechter, LMSW
Sheryl Schechter LMSW, has been practicing Social Work counseling since 2000. Sheryl received a BA in Psychology, followed by a Master of Social Work degree from the University at Buffalo. Sheryl’s 2 years with Erie County Department of Social Services, Children’s Services, and then over 12 years with Erie County Medical Center’s Department of Chemical Dependence, offered experience with individuals and families challenged by substance use, and mental health disorders, with particular attention to trauma.
Sheryl joined Audubon Counseling in 2012. Where Sheryl’s personal journey, starting in 2010, led to working privately with families and persons living with all forms of Dementia. Engagement with and thanks to referrals from physicians, physician’s groups, attorneys, and agencies, Sheryl has been able to reach numerous families and to grow her practice.
Sheryl’s client-centered approach utilizes psychotherapy and other evidence-based therapeutic interventions, such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Sheryl incorporates these treatment strategies with “mindfulness” and “grounding” techniques to create a safe therapeutic environment to carry from therapy to daily life. Sheryl strongly encourages ties with family, and community connection for support. “Together we can…”
As a former Board of Directors member and former Co-Chair for the Programs and Services Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter, Sheryl remains an active supporter, volunteer, and staunch advocate. Sheryl is a volunteer educator, and support group facilitator. Sheryl remains up to date on the best approaches and most effective interventions for care-partners and those living with Dementia. Sheryl is strongly committed to working with families personally affected by all types of Dementia as well as increasing awareness about the disease and its effect on the larger community.
Sheryl’s goal is to continue to learn about and educate about Dementias of all types as well as specific challenges facing our growing geriatric population.
View Sheryl’s article: How to recognize caregiver stress in the Alzheimer’s Association Newsletter.
As a social worker and professional caregiver, I know how important it is to recognize stress. If I am to be the “best me” and be present as a caregiver, I must take care of myself.