Anne DiZenzo is a licensed clinical social worker at Columbine Behavioral Healthcare in Durango.

Anne DiZenzo, LCSW

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About Anne DiZenzo, LCSW

Anne specializes in serving older adults (60 and over) and dually diagnosed individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues.  She has provided behavior therapy and psychotherapy to individuals with traumatic brain injuries, autism, dementia, and various significant mental health issues for the past fourteen years and is skilled in providing support to teams and to clients in individual and group settings. She facilitates a group called “Coping with Life Transitions”. Her treatment approach is Solution Focused therapy, Mindfulness, CBT, Narrative therapy, Reminiscence therapy, Psychoeducation, and Motivational interviewing.

“I’m focused on the whole person and want to be responsive to the client’s physical, social, and emotional needs. I view care coordination as an integral part of my job,” said Anne when asked about what patients can expect when working with her.

“I enjoy spending time with my dogs, tackling home improvements, spending time in he outdoors, traveling. I am originally from Northern New Jersey, moving to New Mexico in 1995. I lived in Grant’s New Mexico for five years before moving to Farmington, NM in 2001. I moved to Durango, CO in 2006.”

“The Senior Reach program reaches out to older adults who tend to be socially isolated, experiencing challenging life circumstances, and less responsive to traditional mental health programs. Older adults often face mobility and transportation issues and typically are already having to navigate complex medical challenges, which may be overwhelming; seeking out mental health care may be too difficult without easier access into this system. Because I can visit with older adults in their homes, mental health care becomes more attainable for them, is more cost-effective when delivered in this manner, and, in many cases, allows seniors to stay in their homes if possible. I am finding that, with this older generation, medical and mental health challenges are intertwined. Addressing one issue at a time in a concrete manner can help untangle the web of uncertainty that can surround their lives. Simply helping individuals connect with housing options, tax services, medical resources, or community programs such as Meals on Wheels can alleviate anxiety and depression for so many older adults.”

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