Dr. Cancemi grew up in Staten Island, New York and completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Albany, a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education at Florida International University, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) at the University of the Cumberlands.
Before entering mental health, Dr. Cancemi served on both the local law enforcement levels. She ended her career as a crisis negotiator and special agent with federal law enforcement. Dr. Cancemi has an understanding of the first responder “culture” and is passionate about working with first responders. Since entering the field, Dr. Cancemi has worked with adults and adolescents in a variety of residential substance abuse treatment settings and she has experience working with clients from diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic statuses. In addition to her expertise in treating clients struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues, Dr. Cancemi also works with uniform and military personnel as well as first responders such as police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and correction officers struggling with the same. Dr. Cancemi is a preferred provider in the HealthSmart World Trade Center Health Program Network, a Florida State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), a Certified Master’s Level Addiction Professional (CMAP), an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC), a Certified Rapid Resolution Therapy Practitioner (RRT), a certified Accelerated Resolution Therapy practitioner (ART), a Nationally Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (NBCCH), a Florida State Qualified Supervisor for registered mental health interns, a member of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS), and a member of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ITSS). Dr. Cancemi’s research interests include trauma resolution, alternative treatments for PTSD, gun violence, and the graduate training of clinical mental health master’s students.
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