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!

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

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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.*

 

SUICIDE-Assessment, stats, and how to find help.

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Suicide is a tough subject.  

 

Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade....these are the two most recent high-profile suicides to impact our society.  In this episode, I broach the subject of suicide assessment.  As a therapist, this is a part of my day-to-day practice (sadly).  Here, I give insight on what a therapist might assess for.

 

If you or someone you know wants to die by suicide, please reach out to them and give them resources and hope!

 

Here are some of the more notable resources out there for suicide prevention:

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

1800-273-8255

or TEXT 741-741

As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me! 

https://www.facebook.com/CristalWonderCounselor/

@cristalwondercounselor

https://www.instagram.com/wonder_counselor/

https://twitter.com/CounselorWonder

 

*Anything on this podcast is for informational/entertainment purposes only.  You should always seek the advice of your own doctor or mental health professional.*

How Being a Person of Color in Predominantly White Institutions Can Make You … um…ALL THE THINGS

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In this candid conversation with three other people of color, we detail some of our personal experiences in White America.  Americanization, acculturation, and assimilation can cause emotional and mental struggles.  In this episode we also tackle: microaggressions, what Latinxs think of the US Border Patrol, being Latinx in higher education, and rampant systemic oppression (even in a Border City).

 

*Information in this podcast is for entertainment and/or informational purposes only.  You should always seek the advice of your own doctor or mental health professional.*

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