Dr. Jay Nittoli is a New York State licensed clinical social worker. He holds a doctorate in counseling and human development from the University of Rochester, an M.S.W (master of social work), and a B.A. in psychology from The University at Buffalo. During the course of his career, which spans four decades, he has practiced in a variety of clinical and school based settings providing mental health services to adults, children and families.
Dr. Nittoli believes that all people seeking therapy are truly unique, yet they all have the same basic needs for acceptance, compassion, happiness, and human connection. For some, early childhood experiences or traumas prevent people from getting these needs met as adults. For others, it is simply the stresses and demands of everyday life that contribute to feeling anxious, depressed, or having chronic pain symptoms. Sometimes it is the experience of losses (big or small), which are hard to process and recover from.
Dr. Nittoli has a special interest in providing psychotherapy to people with chronic pain conditions. He understands how daily pressures and stress of life can contribute to chronic pain conditions. He has studied Howard Schubiner M.D.’s work on mind/body syndrome (MBS), and Allan Abbass, M.D.’s work on Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Therapy (ISTDP). He is also is very committed to providing therapy in a manner that is culturally sensitive.
In addition, Dr. Nittoli has taught and supervised doctoral and graduate students at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education, Nazareth College, Social Work Department, SUNY Brockport, Social Work Department, and Medaille College, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. He has presented his published research on multicultural counseling at regional and national counseling conferences.