Sheryl Schechter, LMSW
Sheryl Schechter, LMSW, is a graduate of Canisius College of Buffalo where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, followed by a Master’s in Social Work from the University at Buffalo.
Sheryl’s work with Erie County Department of Social Services, Children’s Services offered practical experience with those individuals and families affected by chemical dependence and alcohol issues. This led her to a 12-year career with Erie County Medical Center’s Department of Chemical Dependence. Sheryl’s work at ECMC focused on individuals and groups with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health disorders, with particular attention to trauma.
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 as a means to create a safe therapeutic environment to carry from therapy into daily life. Sheryl also recognizes the power of community in recovery through concurrent self-help and family therapy.
Sheryl is an active volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY. A member of the Alzheimer Association’s Board of Directors, Sheryl facilitates Early-Stage groups, is Co-Chair of the Program’s and Services Committee, an active Advocacy Committee member, and a Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee member. Sheryl is strongly committed to working with families personally affected by all types of Dementia as well as increasing awareness about the disease and it’s effect on the larger community.
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.