My mission is to inspire and empower people to show up as their truest selves.

I believe that we are all unique and possess inherent worth and value.  I believe that we are happiest when we feel free to share our truest selves with those around us.  I believe that we can get stuck in our limiting beliefs and interpretations and that they can keep us from seeing what’s truly possible.  I love helping people see things from new perspectives and taking overwhelming obstacles and breaking them down into manageable steps.   

My Professional Bio:

Sylvia DeMott is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with over 15 years of mental health experience.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College with majors in psychology and German and a Master's in Social Work from Boston College.  Prior to moving to Rochester, MN in 2009, Sylvia trained and practiced for six years at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, providing case management, individual, group and family therapy in residential-, inpatient-, partial- and outpatient psychiatric programs.  

Before establishing Breathing Space in 2015, Sylvia practiced as a clinician at Bluestem Center and Guest House in Rochester.  At Bluestem Center, Sylvia provided individual and family therapy to adults and adolescents struggling with a range of mental health issues and life situations.  At Guest House, she was the primary clinician in the compulsive overeating program, providing individual and group therapy geared to weight loss/weight management, mindfulness, self-acceptance and dual diagnosis.  

In her private practice, Sylvia engages in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.  Additionally, she has a special interest in mindfulness and the mind-body connection.   Her practice areas include anxiety, mood disorders, weight loss/management, major life transitions, relationship issues, trauma, stress management, work-life balance, behavioral finance, parenting and codependency. 

Before going back to school in clinical social work, Sylvia held research and writing jobs at an internet start-up, technology research firm and organizational development firm in the Boston area.  She enjoys running a small business and finding ways to improve processes and workflow. 

In her free time, Sylvia is an avid reader and traveler, and she also enjoys exercising and connecting with family and friends.  She is a life-long learner and is currently training to become a professional certified coach.

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