William A. Presti Center For Families And Youth
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2 years ago
Arica Vangelderen is a bulls eye!
As a Mom concerned for her 16 year old daughter with low self esteem, heavy anxiety and bouts with depression I was searching for a new counselor who could relate to her rather than tell her how she was supposed to feel. Surfing the net one evening looking for groups that perhaps included her interest in Art I found Arica. Their first meeting was a n immediate "win win" for us. My daughter said Arica "got her" right away and she was less anxious and more positive in the days that followed. Next Arica formed the "Worthy Group" which incorporated art as a common interest to focus on while working on building self esteem. It allowed the teens to take the focus off "I am different, I am sad" and in turn talk about what each had accomplished through the work they were doing in class and realize each of them were very important and special. It has been a long road for our daughter and we have been fortunate to find many people on this journey who have helped her grow and develop in a positive way. We are honored to add Arica to this esteemed list. Every day I pick up my "baby" from the William A Presti Center for Families and Youth I am greeted with a beaming smile. Who could ask for more?
2 years ago
Great Agency with Very Experienced "been there" Advisory
My experience with the William Presti organization has been fantastic, they are a professional and extremely helpful group of professionals. From the beginning till now they have been instrumental in guiding me forward in my counseling. I cant say enough good things about this organization and what they provide in their services to clients.
2 years ago
I would recommend the William A Presti Center to any parent
My daughter has been going to the William A Presti Center for just under a year. I have seen great progress in the areas we've been working on. They have made a bond with my daughter and she looks forward to her appointments every week. They also have a teen group which I thought was helpful. I would recommend the William A Presti Center to any parent.
3 years ago
Helpful healing of heart, soul, and mind
My husband and I went there for 1 1/2 years for help with our marriage as well as for our selves. We have grown apart over the years and could not even talk with each other. With the counseling we received from here we are much better and are able to communicate with each other and even work through disagreements. Even now if we feel there is a problem we know we can call and get in for more help. I was very nervous and skeptical about the whole thing. Thinking we could not be helped, but we were and with hard work and a person who knew a great deal about our situation helped us through out personal issues and trials. Jo had a great deal of patience and knowledge to help people through most anything if they are willing to work and listen. Thanks for everything
3 years ago
When my husband and I started seeing Jo Ciak as a therapist, we were in a very bad place in our marriage. Jo has helped us become much better communicators and much happier in our marriage and lives. She is nice, empathetic, but also tells it like it is, which is definitely needed to have those ah ha moments that facilitate change. She is trustworthy and I truly believe she gave us the tools to save our marriage, be better spouses, and better parents. I would highly recommend Jo Ciak and her staff to anyone looking for an effective therapist.
3 years ago
My Teenage children had received counseling from the William A. Presti Center. After a sudden and unexpected separation/divorce, from a long term marriage, they were completely devastated. And in complete despair and confusion over their Dad's sudden and unexpected departure from the family. After being counseled, their self confidence, and esteem was restored. In addition, they received help on how to manage the pain, loss and new changes due to the trauma. I would highly recommend the counselors at William A Presti as they are result driven and care about each family and individual they see. It has been over three years since our traumatic event and both my kids are doing extremely well. In addition, William Presit is always there for any follow up that is needed. My Children are now getting straight A's in college and High school and are on the road to success emotionally and academically. Our family has healed and I attribute this to God and the William Presti Center.
3 years ago
Wisdom and Understanding
I came to the William A. Presti Center during a very emotional divorce. I was train wreck and could see no light at the end of any tunnel. My anxiety was through the roof and I felt very confused rejected and alone. I was borderline suicidal, and in a very dark place. My councilor was very warm and understanding and assured me each visit that things would get better and helped me open up about what had gone wrong in my marriage, the things I could not control or change and how to move on. I came to the William A. Presti Center once a week for several months before and after my divorce. It was one of the most painful experiences I have ever been through in my life but I found out I was not alone, and found someone compassionate about helping people at William A. Presti Center. We talked about things that helped me understand my situation better and cope with the changes in my life. Positive thinking and hope for each new day getting better helped me through. I'm doing much better today and think about how much my life has changed and how much my councilor at the William A. Presti Center helped me through what I once though was something I would never fully recover from. Each day gets better and better. Now i've got things going my way, a reinvented life for myself with no more anxiety, sadness or drama. Im so grateful and know I have a life coach when I need one and so very glad I went to the William A. Presti Center.