Many reasons motivate people to seek counseling: stress, divorce, confusion about problems or making decisions, alcohol, or substance use to cope with illnesses or trauma, trust issues, difficulties to say no or set boundaries with others, worrying, relationships problems, grief, and self-esteem among others, and every reason is valid.
I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC #11873) and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A #85861) supervised by Lori Martin, MS LPC-Supervisor.
My experience includes working with individuals and groups in the areas of substance use, communication, anger management, anxiety and depression, self-esteem, relationships with children, and problems in emotional relationships. I have provided counseling services also to individuals on probation, parole, and with open CPS cases. I am a certified facilitator of the Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP), Becoming a Love and Logic Parent®, and SMART Recovery®.
In my sessions, I use a multi-sensory approach that shows respect for the way people learn, change, and develop. My approach combines Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Solution Focus Therapy, mindfulness, and creative counseling techniques. The focus of my approach is to help people recognize their strengths, face their challenges, and identify their options in an open, inclusive, respectful, and supportive environment that fosters positive personal growth.
Fate brought me to the counseling field. In my native Colombia, I worked as a social worker with adolescents and adults in the area of community health. Then I earned a master's degree in communication studies with an emphasis on health communication and social change. I later completed my training as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Texas. For 13 years I have offered bilingual counseling services in English and Spanish primarily to young adults and adults. During this time, I realized the importance of acquiring other skills and completed training in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
You are not alone, I am here for you, to hear your story and work with you to help you reach your true potential.