Dr. Vizzini offers workshops on sensitive topics regarding the use of puppets as a therapeutic vehicle for healing. Dolls, including stuffed animals, are likely one of the oldest toys in human history and serve therapeutically as a transitional object between the traumatized client (childhood through adulthood) and their emotions. Puppets are simply dolls that can be manipulated to appear "real," resembling human
characters. Puppets or puppets used as dolls help clients of all ages to travel between their inner experience and the present world.
Dr Vizzini currently is approved to offer CE's through Maryland Board of Social Work (2007 to present). She has offered other CE's in the past and will research your discipline and particular need upon request for future workshops. Dr. Vizzini has provided clinical supervision for Master's level and Doctoral level students/clinicians over the past 14 years through Loyola University and private practice. She is an Approved Clinical Supervisor for the State of Maryland.
Dr. Vizzini provides individual supervision for several Master's level clinicians each semester. She is in full-time private practice with offices in Mt. Washington, Maryland and Columbia, Maryland. Her caseload includes adults, youth and children with general mental health issues.
She utilizes therapeutic puppets/dolls in her
private practice. In the past, she offered puppet therapy for ten years at
Breakthrough, a five-day intensive therapeutic experience run by Ms. Ann Smith, M.S., LMFT, LCPC, CAC. In 2007, she began the Puppet Therapy Institute to train others in using puppets in therapy. Formerly, she worked part-time at Metro Maryland Counseling Center with general mental health issues and at Epoch Counseling Center with men and women suffering from addiction.