Through the Eyes of a Therapist

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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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December 10, 2018  

BECOMING A SCHOOL COUNSELOR-featuring Vanessa De Jesus, LAC

Counselors are liaisons who balance student emotions & academics.  They handle crises, teach counseling lessons in classrooms, provide psychoeducation to teachers, maintain positive working relationships with parents, and help kids with anything from bullying to grieving!

Vanessa De Jesus Guzman is a licensed associate counselor and a national certified counselor with 15 years of experience in the education and counseling fields combined.  Before becoming a counselor Vanessa was a tenured second grade teacher. Her love for wanting to help children on a deeper level led her to begin a career in counseling. Vanessa is currently a middle school counselor in an New Jersey public schools and a licensed therapist providing in-home therapy to children and families in crisis. Vanessa also runs social skills groups for children ages 7-13.

Vanessa’s passion is helping children grow to be caring, thriving and resilient kids with strong values and sound character.  She is also dedicated to helping parents and educators build strong and healthy relationships with their children and students, which she accomplishes via speaking engagements, parent coaching, and blogging.  

On her free time Vanessa enjoys being active in professional organizations, salsa dancing, practicing yoga, and laughing with her husband and son.

Website: www.counselor-dejesus.com

Email: counselorvdejesus@gmail.com

Instagram: @counselorvdejesus

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October 1, 2018  

Losing your marbles over misbehaved children? A Guide to Discipline Plans

Rewards, punishment, and consequences can be hard to keep track of while parenting older kids.  Not anymore!  With this step-by-step audio guide, you can have a functioning "token economy" in as little as 30 minutes!  Token economies are like jobs with paychecks for adults except instead of jobs and money, we use chores, points, marbles, and tickets.

This can be a structured and organized way to discipline children and keep track of rewards.  Have you ever thought to yourself..."man my kids are spoiled!"...or "I don't want them to think they don't have to work for what they have!"

This is the episode for you!  Get your calendars, notebooks, and clear jars ready...we are going to tackle HOW TO CREATE A DISCIPLINE PLAN for older kids!

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Mentioned in the episode:

TOKEN ECONOMY GUIDE

AGE APPROPRIATE CHORE CHART

 

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September 17, 2018  

Handling Tantrums, Positive Parenting, and a Survey on YOUR Parenting Style

Hello!  Thanks for listening to the podcast that puts a mental-health spin on any topic!  We've passed 1400 downloads on Podbean and even more on iTunes! Visit www.throughtheeyesofatherapist.org for more!

 

This episode is about parenting young children.  The greatest joy and the greatest responsibility in this life.  If you interact with children or have your own, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT EPISODE.  I list out four different parenting styles (survey style) so you can identify your own.  Also I talk about TANTRUMS (cue Jaws music).  I cover the behavioral science behind ignoring, attention, and why kids tantrums get worse.

Mentioned in this episode:

Parent Child Interaction Therapy: www.pcit.org

 

Next episode will be a continuation of this topic and I will cover how to create a point system or "token economy" for your child!

Stay tuned and thanks for listening to Through the Eyes of a Therapist!

 

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September 3, 2018  

The FIVE DOMAINS of Healthy Living- The Cure to Mental Illness and the Guide to a Happier Life with Richard Salcido, LPC-S

Welcome to "Through the Eyes of a Therapist"!  This is the podcast that’s all about mental health!  I am your host, creator, and editor of this podcast, Cristal Martinez Acosta, LPC, NCC!  I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Mental Health Therapist.

This episode contains a very special interview with a person who I admire very much!  Richard Salcido is an LPC-Supervisor who also lives, works, and plays in El Paso, Texas. He was THE supervisor who helped me launch my career after graduate school and oversaw my completion of 3,000 hours of therapy practice to become fully licensed. He has trained many interns over the years and helped shape the next generation of therapists.  He has been a therapist since the 1970s and has a great perspective on mind and body health.  In this episode he gives us information on the 5 Domains of Healthy Living.  Richard will walk us through each domain, giving us tips and things to try along the way.

And Yes, I asked if there will be a book.

We got a maybe on that one....but YES to a powerpoint presentation.

 

I hope to continue to make my first post-grad supervisor and mentor proud!  Thank you Mr. Salcido for the push you gave me to launch my counseling career.

If you want to find out more about Family Service El Paso or have any questions about their services, you can contact them at 915-781-9900.  You can find their contact info on my Facebook page or at my website www.mypodtherapist.com 

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