Through the Eyes of a Therapist

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April 15, 2019  

BECOMING AN EQUINE THERAPIST- feat. Janet Nicholas, LPC, LCDC

Equine therapy is a treatment modality that can be used for a wide array of client populations and issues in counseling.  Equines are horses, and if I didn't do an episode about equines, I wouldn't be able to call myself a true Texan!  I am so excited to release this interview because I learned so much about the healing power of horses in counseling/therapy.  My guest, Janet Nicholas, gives us details on how to become an equine therapist (not to be confused with hippotherapy) and why horses are so healing in this capacity.  I hope you enjoy this content as much as I do!

Must have info about my guest:

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Janet Nicholas is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor from South Texas.  She has been working in the mental health field for 20 years.  Her personal and professional experiences have led her to engage in her current passion of equine therapy.  She has her own practice where she sees clients in a traditional office, but also does some of her favorite work out in her "grassy office" with her equine therapy associates (her horses).  She went to the University of Houston, St.Edward's University, and then received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University.  Visit her websites: www.trails-less-traveled.com or www.janetnicholas.com

 

Mentioned in the episode:

Equine therapy information...

EAGALA: https://www.eagala.org/

E3A: https://www.facebook.com/E3Assoc

PATH: https://www.pathintl.org/

 "Adventures in Awareness; Learning With the Help of Horses" by Barbara Rector

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February 18, 2019  

BECOMING A PLAY THERAPIST- feat. Kristin Trick, LPC, RPT

"Play is the language of children and toys are their words."-A Play Therapy Philosophy.
 
Working with children in therapy requires special skills.  Sometimes the best approaches with children are left to the experts who we call Registered Play Therapists.  This special certification/registration takes at least 300 extra supervised hours to attain post-licensure.  In my interview with Kristin Trick, LPC, RPT, she explains to us how to become a registered play therapist, what kinds of issues play therapists can help with, and why to choose a play therapist over a conventional therapist for your child.
 
Below is some must-have information about my guest:
 
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Kristin P. Trick, MA, LPC, RPT is a therapist who works in private practice at Sawyer Behavioral Health where she provides therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults. She offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) along with art and play therapy interventions for clients. She also works at the El Paso Child Guidance Center where she provides Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for children ages 2-7 and their parents. She is active in the El Paso community as she routinely provides trainings to local agencies and organizations on play therapy, trauma informed care, and human development. 
Kristin recently published an article in the Association for Play Therapy's quarterly magazine regarding the implementation of play therapy in outpatient psychiatric hospital programs. She received her MA in Professional Counseling and BS in Youth Ministry from Liberty University. Along with her certification as a registered play therapist (RPT), she is certified in TF-CBT and is currently pursuing accreditation in EMDR and PCIT. She enjoys reading, painting, hiking, cooking, and running. She has completed two marathons and is actively training for her third marathon in 2019. 
 
Contact Info:
Sawyer Behavioral Health
4157 Rio Bravo St.
El Paso, TX, 79902 
915-533-8696
 
El Paso Child Guidance Center
2701 E Yandell Dr.
El Paso, TX 79903
915-562-1999 
 
Mentioned in the episode: www.a4pt.org
 
 

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January 7, 2019  

BECOMING A CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER feat. Erica Barrales, LCSW & Alvely Alcantara, LCSW

Social work is a diverse and large field where individuals can grow professionally in many different directions.  Clinical Social Work is one area of specialty where social workers can conduct therapy services.  Licensed Clinical Social workers are trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities that allows them the title of "therapist".  LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCs, Counseling Psychologists, and some school psychologists can do "therapy" or what we call "clinical work".  After this episode about LCSWs, I will be interviewing psychologists and therapy/clinical supervisors so you can understand the nuanced positions the mental health field has to offer.

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Here is some must have info about today's guests:

Erica Barrales, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who currently works as a Senior Social Worker for Orange County Children and Family Services in Orange, California. She currently is assigned as a Senior Social Worker in the Specialized Family Services: Continuing and Court Officers program. For the past 11 years, she has worked with children and families in the capacity of family reunification, family maintenance, and adoption focused cases. For the past 5 years she has worked with the special medical, developmental, and behaviorally fragile children and families. She is a seasoned and well-rounded leader within her program. She’s been in the social work field since 2003 and has experience in school counseling, psychotherapy, and supervising Associate Clinical Social Work interns. She provides clinical supervision to Associate Clinical Social Workers earning clinical hours for licensure.

She was raised as a daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, and grew up in Anaheim, CA. She is married to her husband of 13 years, who is a deputy sheriff. She has 3 boys, ranging from 4 to 12 years old, loves to drink wine, dance, and spend time with her large family. 

 

Alvely Alcantara is an LCSW in the state of NC with cultural roots in the Dominican Republic. She has been in practice since March 2015 at a nonprofit serving the local Latinx community. The majority of her work is done in Spanish as most of her clients are Spanish speakers. She specialize in trauma treatment, depression, anxiety and adjustment/acculturation problems, and primarily works with females. She loves working with teens (15+) to young adults but has the ability to work with people from eight to a geriatric age. She is not yet in private practice but plans to take that next step for her career.  She has a passion for working with the Military population and comes from a military family herself.

 To get in touch with Alvely or Erica, you can email hello@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

For more information about social work you may visit the National Association of Social Work:

https://www.socialworkers.org/

https://www.socialworkers.org/Careers

 

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November 26, 2018  

BECOMING A SEX THERAPIST- Feat. Jen Reeves, LMFT, CST

*explicit content-listener discretion advised*
 
My guest today is a Certified Sex Therapist!  I am so super excited to present you all with this content.  It's been hard for me to track down a CST, so this is a real treat! 
 
Jen Reeves, CST, LMFT, and I discuss: desire discrepancy, fetishes, kink, sexual stigma, masturbatory behaviors, couples therapy, bad therapists, and how to become a sex therapist!
 
Jen attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a BA in psychology. After her BA, she took a five year hiatus during which time she worked for various group homes, primarily with teenage girls where she was given sexual abuse cases. Jen attended the University of Houston Clear Lake for grad school and received a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy in 2012.  She then became a Certified Sex Therapist through the Texas Sex Therapy Institute in December 2016.
 
She currently works for Houston Relationship Therapy in the Heights district of Houston, and has been conducting treatment there for 5 and a half years. She supervises future sex therapists through Texas Sex Therapy Institute and teaches the occasional class or two for TSTI. She has been a guest lecturer/presenter on the topics of porn issues, sex after baby, female sexual desire, and desire discrepancy, to name a few. She is now in the process of becoming a supervisor for future marriage and family therapists as well.
 
Mentioned in the episode:
 
 
 
 
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November 12, 2018  

BECOMING A THERAPIST- Fully Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in Private Practice feat. Z, Lopez & M. Plascencia, LMFTs

In this second part of HOW MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS ARE MADE, we are moving up the ladder.  In this episode, I speak with two fully licensed marriage and family therapists.  They spill the tea on how to sustain yourself as a therapist, how therapy is "soul work", and the importance of Latinxs becoming therapists!

Below is must-have information on my guests!

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Maritza Plascencia, LMFT

Maritza received a B.A. in Criminology and a B.A. in English from University of California Irvine where she interned for the OC Public Defender's Office interviewing minors in custody at Juvenile Hall.  Upon graduating she was hired as a Victim Advocate assigned to assist victims in domestic violence cases going through the criminal justice system.  She decided to pursue her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the California School of Professional Psychology after witnessing the effects of unhealthy relationships and the dysfunction these create for everyone involved; from the children who felt lonely and misunderstood in their own homes, to the adults dealing with the mental and emotional impact resulting from their unhealthy relationships.

Throughout her career, Maritza has worked with individuals, couples and families addressing anxiety, depression, grief, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), childhood trauma, domestic violence, sexual assault and relationship issues, to mention a few. 

Her style is to use an integrative, client-centered and emotionally focused approach that includes mind-body techniques and provides clients with practical tools.  She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy which she finds helpful in working with individuals trying to address past traumas and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which she uses in her work with most couples.

 

Zeahlot Lopez

Zeahlot Lopez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Cosmetologist helping humans rebuild their spirit. Guided by her intuition, clinical training, life experiences, and some luck she currently helps individuals and families lead a happier life! Aside from providing mental health services to better the lives of her clients, she enjoys providing coaching services to entrepreneurs and those looking to increase their emotional intelligence. She enjoys comedy, singing in her shower, and cooking new dishes. Recently she was featured on the television network Univision, speaking on challenges associated with Mental Health and in LA Voyage magazine as a featured entrepreneur. She is currently creating workshops for women and young professionals. 

You can reach either of these amazing Latina Healers below:

http://www.mindfulquestrelationshipcounseling.com/maritza/

https://www.vidatherapy.co/

and of course, you can send any questions or feedback to hello@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

 

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October 29, 2018  

BECOMING A THERAPIST- How marriage and family therapists are made! (PART ONE) Feat. Mishka K. & Luis C., AMFT’s

Okay future therapists, in the last episode you heard Myra Garcia, LCSW and Myself, a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Board Certified Therapist, talk about what to GENERALLY expect when becoming a therapist.
The plan is to explore the different kinds of mental health professionals in this LARGE and GROWING community from the bottom up...meaning, I'll talk to therapy students, interns, graduate level interns/associates, and fully licensed professionals about how they become or are in the process of becoming THERAPISTS.
This week we are moving up the ladder and discovering how Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists are made.

We start with two Associate level MFT's, Mishka Kimball, AMFT and Luis Cornejo, AMFT. Below is some must-have info about my two guests!

Luis Cornejo, M.S, AMFT (Founder & Editor-in-Chief of PsychoSocial)
Luis is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist who graduated from Long Beach State University (CSULB) with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology (2015). He also has a Bachelors degree in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis in Public Policy from San Francisco State University (2011). Luis has over 9 years of experience working with children and families both in education and mental health. After graduating with his M.S at CSULB, Luis received the California MFT consortium award for his achievements and commitment to community mental health. As a result Luis worked at Children’s Institute (CII), a non-profit community based agency in Los Angeles for 1 year to fulfill the award requirements. During his time at CII, Luis provided in home and in school based therapy for children and families. Currently, Luis works for Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc. a non-profit agency in San Francisco, CA providing mental health consultation in early head start programs and SFUSD pre-schools through their early intervention program.

His therapeutic interests include working with Trauma, the LGBTQ community, Children, Families, Couples, and POC. His personal interests include; Films, Reading, Writing, Art, Travelling, Disney, and Food. He is also a recipient of the California State Stipend award (2015). PsychoSocial is part of Luis' dedication to mental health and an example of his passion to educate others. PsychoSocial is a multimedia platform founded by Luis Cornejo, AMFT and Co-Founded by Katherine Dominguez, ASW. PsychoSocial is designed to promote mental health awareness, knowledge, and advocacy as well as fight to de-stigmatize mental illness. Through the use of written text, video, social media, and audio, PsychoSocial hopes to create dialogue and support for mental health awareness. PsychoSocial strives to highlight issues impacting the LGBTQ, POC, and other disenfranchised groups. PsychoSocial was also designed to highlight an array of topics impacting mental health which includes creativity, culture, and current events.

https://psychosocial-lifestyle.com/about-us
http://ifrsf.org/programs/early-intervention-and-school-based-program/
https://www.childrensinstitute.org "

Mishka Clavijo Kimball, MS, AMFT, CAMC

Mishka is a bilingual, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist working in private practice under the supervision of Anita Avedian, LMFT. Mishka earned her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles in 2015.
Mishka is also a Certified Anger Management Counselor and provides anger management groups and one on one sessions for both volunteer and court-mandated clients. She is fluent in Spanish and loves to work with the Latinx population, young adults and families. She also loves speaking at events, teaching, and connecting with the community! Fun fact: She has a Russian name, but is 100% Latina!
You can connect with Mishka on Instagram and Facebook with the name Kimball Therapy, you can also find her on Psychology Today, and her website: www.kimballtherapy.com.
Mishka is currently practicing in Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills. You can reach her at 818-253-9404 to schedule a free phone consultation.

If you want to get into touch with either of them you may also write to hello@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org and I will make sure your message gets to them!

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October 15, 2018  

So, you want to be a therapist? What you should know before making the leap.

Ever wonder what it would take for you to become a therapist?  Some may think, "I'm good at listening and giving advice, therefore I should become a therapist." 

WELL......you are in for a....BIG....surprise.  

Get ready because becoming a therapist is INTENSE work.  I don't want to scare you with this episode, I WANT TO PREPARE YOU.  I want you to know things I wish I had known when I started my own journey into this career.

Topics include:

  • Latinx in Higher Education
  • Preparing for graduate school
  • Rigor and growth
  • Self-reflection
  • Wounded Healers
  • Getting triggered
  • Therapists going to therapy
  • Figuring out what you DON'T want to do as a clinician
  • Inspiration for you to make the leap!

A special thank-you to Myra Garcia, LCSW.  She is a therapist at the El Paso Child Guidance Center (where I work as well).  She supervises and consults with clinicians in our agency.  She has experience doing therapy in New York and El Paso.  She specializes in trauma work and is certified in Child Parent Psychotherapy.  She also teaches graduate social work students at NMSU.  Her passion for social work and therapy shines through in her excellent work at our agency and in her advocacy for others.

In two weeks, our episode will feature two Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associates (LMFT-As) who will talk about their journeys in becoming therapists.  They will speak specifically about their experiences in grad school, training, and how they work with clients.  If you are interested in working with families and couples, that episode will be for you!

For more information about this episode or about my blog and podcast, please contact me at cristal@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

 *Recommendations, discussion, and disclosures are for informational/entertainment purposes only.  You should never substitute consultations/information from your own mental health/medical professionals with information from this podcast.*