Suicidal Ideation

Having thoughts about, or an unusual preoccupation with, suicide is defined as suicidal ideation. Suicidal ideation can vary from fleeting thoughts of suicide to detailed planning and unsuccessful attempts. Suicidal ideation often goes hand in hand with depression, although a person may also begin to have thoughts of suicide when they have trouble managing an overwhelming situation, like the loss of a loved one or a job, a break-up, feelings of remorse or rejection, or sexual abuse. While many people who experience suicidal ideation never make a suicide attempt, enough do that it is considered a dangerous condition. Treatment with a mental health professional is one of the best ways to prevent suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away (call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255).

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Zach Wendell (He/Him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I have extensive experience working with individuals who experience chronic suicidality. Unity Center for Behavioral Health – Emergency Department - Portland, OR 09/2020-Present Bellevue Hospital – Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic - NY, NY 06/2019-07/2020 New York University; Student Health Center, NY, NY - 01/2018-06/2020 -Crisis intervention/triage sessions Diagnosing Depressive Disorders, Differential Diagnosis, High-Risk Patients (Assessment, Intervention, Documentation) - NY, NY

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Stacey Vallas

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Thoughts of suicide are common and are usually signposts to a person's unmet needs for connection and meaning. Often these thoughts and feelings come from past hurt or trauma. As a crisis line volunteer and a therapist, l have extensive trauma-informed training and experience in suicide intervention and helping people better understand and heal the suffering at the core of suicidal thoughts.

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Erika Nelson (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Most of my experience is working with people in crisis and/or experiencing significant mental health systems. I am very familiar with working with people experiencing new or chronic suicidal ideation. I have training and experience around prevention, saftey planning, DBT, and other modalities used to address suicidal ideation.

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Elise Himes

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I bring over 300 hours volunteering on crisis lines across the United States.

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Emily Fagan (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I received training in suicide intervention through Lines for Life, and worked as a volunteer crisis worker for four years. I completed additional studies in crisis assessment and intervention.

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Sabrina Arnold (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Master's Program Student

I volunteered at a Lifeline, where I was trained in ASIST, a suicide intervention program. I worked with individuals, ranging from children to the elderly, experiencing crisis and/or suicide ideation. Additionally, I worked with teens and young adults at an emergency shelter, where it was common for individuals to experience suicide ideation.

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Alli Blank MA, LPCI

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I have had family and friends who have experienced suicidal ideation and self harm. This has inspired me to help others. I have worked with several adults and teenagers who have experienced suicidal ideation and have found CBT and DBT to be effective types of treatment.

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Sylas Veit (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy

It's an unfortunate reality that many have barriers to accessing resources for emotional needs, and that can result in depression, panic, and suicidal thinking. I am comfortable discussing suicidal ideation and thoughts that may be overwhelming to talk about to loved ones in day to day life. Let's find ways to help keep you safe and cope with life's stressors without shaming your experience of suicidal thoughts. I am not a crisis counselor but will provide education and options for emergencies.

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Kimberly Zeszutek, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am confident and skilled in approaching and supporting the difficult subject of suicidal idealization. I am a crisis response counselor for a local county, and am trained in ASIST and Safety planning for adults and adolescents. I approach suicidal idealization and self-harm with a balance of empathy, concern, and hope.

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James Gallanos (he, him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

It is not uncommon that people who experience unrelenting depression, anxiety, or trauma will, at some point, wish to die. Leading theories of suicide argue that pain, hopelessness, non-belonging, and feelings that one is a burden are the drivers of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Past suicide attempts and hospitalizations also can contribute to these drivers. I engage clients in addressing the drivers of suicidality through trauma informed strategies to include CBT, DBT and ACT therapies.

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