Brianna M. Pezon, MSW, LICSWbrianna.pezon@affinitypsych.com

Brianna M. Pezon, MSW, LICSW

brianna.pezon@affinitypsych.com

Did you have your coffee yet today? I hope so because this ball of sunshine is very excited to meet you! Congratulations on making the first step towards healing and taking a peek at my high spirited, empathetic, and compassionate page. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who works primarily with adult populations. I have a plethora of experience working with those who struggle, have struggled, or have a family member struggling with substance abuse. I also specialize in Co-occurring disorders, and have personal experience in this field as well! I know what it is like to sit in the client’s chair of a therapy room, and I hope that you feel the same compassion and kindness that has been given to me in that seat throughout the years! I look forward to meeting you and taking this healing journey together!




How I Work

I will always meet you where you are at that exact moment. If you feel the need to come to a session in your pajamas? Do it! I am going to treat you with kindness, respect, empathy, and compassion regardless of how you come to sessions. I will let you set the scene, pace, and topics of conversation within sessions as I am here to merely be a guide to this healing journey you are on. Imagine we are both in a car, you are in the driver’s seat taking us on the journey- and I am in the passenger seat with some directional suggestions along the way! Do not worry if an exit gets missed, we will find a new path to our destination!


What Sets Me Apart As a Therapist?

Are you a fan of a therapist who is able to sing and dance freely without a care of anyone’s judgment? Or a fan of a therapist with a “hip” hairstyle and multiple tattoos? If so, I am the therapist for you! I enjoy bringing my authentic self into each and every session. I will be your biggest cheerleader, someone who will call you out in the kindest way possible, and the person who will sit with you in your pain without any fear of judgment. We can use my “Rainbow Cards of Affirmation” or the poetry books in my office to break the ice, or settle into our comfy chairs and begin the work right away. I enjoy matching the physical, mental, and spiritual energy that is brought into my office and I let that guide where our session goes. My level of empathy is only matched by the therapist character from The Sopranos – and we all know what that entails. I am a therapist who attempts to practice what I preach, and if we need to shake it out, stim it out, or dance about during our session, I am game for all of it! Outside of work, I enjoy playing sports in the Minnesota winters, creating diamond art paintings, and fostering kittens and cats who need forever homes! I look forward to meeting you exactly as and where you are, so that we can work together to get you where you want and need to be in order to move life forward!



Issues I Treat:

  • Substance Use
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Traumatic experiences including abuse, neglect, and violence
  • Personality Disorders
  • Identity Crises
  • Pet Loss
  • Self Esteem
  • Controlling negative thinking pattern

Populations I Serve:

  • LGBTQIA+ Communities, including those in the current coming out process
  • Young Adults
  • Middle Adults
  • Identity researchers
  • Family concerns or “black sheep” identities
  • Victims of Traumatic experiences
  • Victims of Abuse
  • Victims of Violence
  • Self Esteem builders
  • People with creative or writing blocks

Professional background:



Education

  • University of Wisconsin River Falls, Bachelors degree in Social Work
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, St Paul, MN
  • Masters of Social Work

Trainings

  • TF-CBT

Previous Employment

  • ResCare Inc., Community Options Fridley IRTS
  • The Heights Treatment Center for Women, Mental Health Practitioner
  • Associated Clinic of Psychology, In home mental health therapist and ARMHS worker

Licensure

  • Minnesota, MSW, LICSW, 25879

Charlotte Szabo, DNP, PMHFNP-BC, APRN charlotte@affinitypsych.com

Charlotte Szabo, DNP, PMHFNP-BC, APRN

charlotte@affinitypsych.com

Hello! I’m Charlotte, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. When medication is a part of your overall plan to manage and improve your mental health, I’m your person.

Throughout my life I have lived in different countries, and these unique people-experiences have allowed me to incorporate a more comprehensive, accepting, empathetic, and holistic approach to my practice. I speak 4 languages (Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, and English) fluently and enjoy so much connecting on a linguistic level – other than English – when possible.

I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients, from those who have trouble dealing with stress to the most serious and challenging combinations of psychiatric disorders. My extensive work experience ranges from the hospital setting to the Psychiatry Lead at the University of Minnesota’s Community Health Care Center (CUHCC), to varying outpatient clinical practices with a wide scope of patients from different age, ethnic, sexual, and socio-economic backgrounds. As a registered health care practitioner in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Registry, I also register patients who might benefit from medical marijuana after having had unsuccessful trials with traditional psychotropic medications.




How I Work

“The glue that holds all relationships together….is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” This maxim by Brian Tracy is at my core, and because of that I work best with patients who genuinely want to get better. I invest a lot of effort, thought, and knowledge into each one of my patients and get the best results when there is an investment from you as well. A comment that I get often from my patients is that they feel that I sincerely care about them. And they’re right – because I treat each person, who comes to me looking for help in feeling better about their lives, as if they were one of my family members. (Just fyi, I’m from a Hungarian family and I’m the oldest of 9 – so being treated like family is kind of BIG!). A comment I get from my colleagues is that I will bend over backwards for my patients and go out of my way for them. Yes! I do! Because if you’re willing to make the courageous step to reach out for mental health help, then I will be there on the other end reaching for you to help break the cycle of mental illness.


What Sets Me Apart As a Psychiatric Provider?

How many times have you felt a divide between them (the medical professionals) and you (the patient)? I don’t have a problem with the cold temps in Minnesota, but the frigid gap I do have a problem with. When we work together you will find yourself in an environment in which things are warm, authentic, and open. If you’re looking for a formal, superficial “white coat doctor” approach to manage your medications – that’s not me. I believe that knowledge, expertise, and excellence in how one treats their patients is not based in a sense of superiority. I will answer the most “I feel embarrassed to ask this” questions to the most intricate questions related to your medication plan. I don’t stop at figuring out the best medication regimen for you – I dig DEEP to figure out what solution(s) might be best for you. My passion lies in system level changes to better my patients’ lives, therefore I will always offer you my $0.02. And, I will always add, it is up to you which way you choose to proceed. Because ultimately it is your life, your body, your decision.



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Issues I Treat:

  • ADHD
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Gambling
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Transitions
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Weight Loss
  • Women’s Issues

Populations I Serve:

  • Adults
  • Adolescents / Teenagers
  • Children (5+)
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Helping Professionals
  • Marginalized Populations

Professional background:



Education

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN
    Doctorate of Nursing Practice, graduated with honors

  • University of California, San Francisco, CA
    Psychiatric Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner
    Master of Science in Nursing, graduated with honors

  • Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA
    RN and Bachelor of Science in Nursing, magna cum laude
  • Holy Names University, Oakland, CA
    Summa cum laude

Licensure

  •  Minnesota / CNP 1890

Certification

  • ANCC – Board Certification / 2012011414