Diane Cummins, MSW, LISW
Diane Cummins, MSW, LISW, is a licensed independent clinical Social Worker who has worked in mental healthcare since 2004. She creates an emotionally safe space for her clients to work on their individual wellness goals. Her therapeutic style is gentle, supportive, and non-judgmental. She believes that everyone has the capacity to change. Diane uses a strength-based and trauma-informed approach to therapy. Her experience includes working within in-patient, out-patient, and community mental health with adults, older adults, teens, as well as military Veterans. Her specialties include working with severe and persistent mental health disorders alongside substance use disorders. She uses evidence-based practices to treat anxiety, depression, chronic suicidal ideation, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders.
Diane graduated with a Master of Social Work degree with a cumulative 4.0 GPA. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology. She became a “LGBT Champion” after completing additional diversity training to better meet the clinical needs of this population.
Awards include the “Jane Addams Award for Compassion” and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the VA’s Recovery Services department. She was the recipient of the 2007 “Lynn Goff Spirit of Integrated Treatment Award” for her dedication to providing services to people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. She was also recognized in the “ SAMI Matters” Ohio SAMI CCOE Publication (Fall 2007•Volume 5•Issue 1), as being part of a highly effective Integrated Dual Diagnosis Team whose evidence-based practices decreased homelessness and psychiatric hospitalizations by 50% amongst clients that were the most at-risk.
Throughout the years, Diane has been a guest lecturer for undergraduate Social Work classes at The Ohio State University. She has collaborated with the Columbus Police Department to provide educational resources for how to best provide support and resources to patients who are in crisis that requires police intervention. On 6/29/17, her research titled “Motivational Enhancement Therapy for Veterans with Chronic Pain and Substance Use” was published in "Health and Social Work" a publication of NASW under Oxford University Press (https://www.naswpress.org/publications/journals/hsw.html).