Desiree Svegliati - Handel Behavioral Health
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Counselors & Appointments

Desiree Svegliati, LMFT

For Telehealth/Online & Amherst Appointments

(413) 287-7168 View Availability Join Virtual Waiting Room

Counseling Style

Working mainly from a client-centered, holistic perspective, Desiree aims to provide a safe, affirming, and comforting space to support individuals and families in reaching their goals and affecting change in their lives.


Desiree has over 15 years experience working with kids, teens, families, and individual adults of all ages, in a variety of settings. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Converse College. Desiree has also had post graduate training in play therapy, primarily Child-Centered Play Therapy and CBT Play Therapy.


  • Anxiety/Panic/Phobias
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Anger Management
  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement
  • Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD/ADD)
  • PTSD/Acute Stress
  • Academic/Occupational/Work Issues/Career
  • Trauma

Clinical Modalities + Treatments

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
  • Play Therapy

  • client-centered therapy
  • child-centered play therapy
  • CBT Play Therapy
  • experiential therapy

Is your little (or not so little) kid struggling with big emotions? Getting calls from school about your kiddo having trouble with peers or with focusing and staying on task? Is your adolescent or teen having a hard time with self esteem or navigating social situations? Give me a call, I’d love to help!

Authored Articles & Interviews

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The Healing Power of Play: Desiree Svegliati, LMFT

October 2, 2023