Through the Eyes of a Therapist

www.throughtheeyesofatherapist.org Cristal M. Acosta, TX LPC, Board Certified Therapist, is committed to shining light on EVERYTHING mental health by de-mystifying therapy, humanizing therapists, and de-stigmatizing mental illness!

BECOMING A SCHOOL COUNSELOR-featuring Vanessa De Jesus, LAC

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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.counseling-dejesus.com

Email: counselorvdejesus@gmail.com

Instagram: @counselorvdejesus

 For more information please visit www.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.*

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

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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

 

*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.*

How to Be a TUFF Mudder: Women Warriors Under TOUGH Spartan-Like Course Conditions

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Maybe you've heard of the popular obstacle race courses, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, etc.  In this conversation with Paulina, my muddy buddy, we talk about our physical and mental experiences during these races.  

The both of us have strong backgrounds in Psychology and Sociology, so we talk about mental toughness, confidence, competition, discipline, and grit.  We have done Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, Warrior Dashes, and other types of marathons/obstacle races. 

We mention how we each trained for the races and how mentally prepared we must be to endure, prepare, and tough out some harsh conditions.  We give honest reviews about our experiences with each type of race we have done, so you can decide if you want to Spartan Up or be a Tough Mudder.

 

For more info on the obstacle course races mentioned in this episode visit:

https://toughmudder.com/

https://www.spartan.com/en

https://warriordash.com/

http://runthejailbreak.com/

 

*This podcast is for informational or entertainment purposes only.  You should always seek the consultation and advice of your own doctors and/or other health/mental health professionals.

How to tell a person they need professional help.

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In this short episode, or "mini-sode" as I like to call it, I give a few tips on how to gently confront a person about going to see a therapist. It's easier said than done...but what is worse...feeling a bit embarrased about bringing it up? OR...Never saying anything about it but regret it later?

 

In the episode I talk about my resources page, which can be found at: www.throughtheeyesofatherapist.podbean.com (THREE LITTLE BARS AT THE TOP/DROPDOWN MENU)

OR listen to my episode about HOW TO FIND A THERAPIST

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I also talk about these amazing tshirts! Visit https://bit.ly/2lAAov3  Wear one to show your love and support for mental health awareness and my podcast!

 

*All information in this episode is for informational purposes only and should not substitute consultation or advice from your own therapist, doctor, or mental health provider.*

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