MANUEL “MANNY” ZIZUMBO
I have served adolescents and families in the mental health field since 1996, with a special emphasis in addiction, behavior problems, mood disorders, relationship problems, and sexual compulsive problems. I incorporate my experiences in a safe-meaningful way to better help my clients reach the goals they establish in therapy. I am passionate about building healthy relationships with clients in hope of empowering them discover solutions for living life a better way.
-Currently accepting self-pay clients
I truly value the experiences and needs of each client, and I aim to see each client as unique and special. Mindfully based, I use a variety of researched treatment models, specifically tailored to help each client reach their goal(s). I strive to promote a therapeutic experience that is encompassed by my core values of protection, respect, integrity, dedication, empathy, courage, and honor.
AGE OF SPECIALTY
Preteens / Tweens: 11 to 13)
Adolescents /Tweens: 14 to 18
Adults: 19 to 64
COMMUNITIES OF SPECIALTY
TYPES OF THERAPY
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Rational Emotive Behavior (REBT)
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
KNOW YOUR THERAPIST
WHAT DID YOU GET YOUR DEGREE(S) IN AND WHERE FROM?
Associates of Science: Dixie State University
Bachelor of Social Work: University of Utah
Master of Social Work: University of Utah
SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
I have extensive history working in both the private and public mental health sectors. I have worked in mentoring programs, in-homes, outpatient mental health/substance abuse clinics, groups homes, and residential treatment centers. I have worked closely with the public schools, courts, Division of Child & Family Services, as well as working as case manager/parole officer for the Division of Juvenile Justice Services. I have held the titles of mentor, family specialist, counselor, case manager, parole officer, therapist, program director, and clinical director.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A THERAPIST?
After being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps, in pursuit of a higher education, I began working with adolescents in residential treatment. I soon realized that my life experiences helped me connect with the youth and families I served. I incorporated my own experience of growing up in poverty (with a mother who gave birth to me at 14), troubles as an adolescent/teen, special operations in the military, and my pursuit for Olympic boxing to strengthen my relationships with those I served (it provided safety). I seen therapy as away to help at a deeper level.
WHATS YOUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH?
I truly value the experiences and needs of each client, and I aim to see each client as unique and special. Mindfully based, I use a variety of researched treatment models, specifically tailored to help each client reach their goals. I strive to promote a therapeutic experience that is encompassed by my core values of protection, respect, integrity, dedication, empathy, courage, and honor.
WHAT KIND OF HOMEWORK OR ASSIGNMENTS DO YOU GIVE CLIENTS?
At times, I assign homework to individuals based on need and involvement in therapy. While I strive to cover concepts and materials in session, sometimes homework is essential in grasping the deeper meaning.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST SESSION WITH YOU?
Remember, therapy is not always easy, but is generally worth it. Showing up to therapy is honorable, and it takes a great amount of courage to have the integrity to seek changes that will help you live a better way. Just show up, that is the first step - together we will work on a solution.