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 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.*

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.*

 

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

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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 

Please follow me and get in touch through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Podbean!  You can also send me an email cristal@mypodtherapist.com

 

 

*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 in 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.

Staying “Fit-to-Fight”! Navigating Services in Military Mental Health with Major Amileah Davis, Licensed Psychologist

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Stay fit to fight!

 

Major Amileah Davis is a licensed Counseling Psychologist and is currently serving on active duty in the United States Air Force. She completed her Ph.D. at New Mexico State University, and her clinical work emphasizes evidence-based practice, trauma treatment, prevention, cross-cultural psychology, and organizational consultation. Major Davis has led two mental health clinics, a substance use clinic, a family treatment program, and a base-wide suicide prevention program. She has also deployed to several countries in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and the Global War on Terror.

Major Davis and I have discussions about:

  • Confidentiality for military members seeking mental health services.
  • Various levels of care available to Active Duty Members as well as Veterans.
  • What therapists who treat military members should do to improve their practices and cultural competency.

Mentioned in the podcast and more provided by Major Davis:

Resources for service members, veterans, and their families:

Services offered by Department of Defense (DoD) & Veterans Affairs (VA):

-          Chaplain

-          Mental health clinic

-          Substance use clinic

-          Family Advocacy Program

-          Military Family Life Counselors

-          Veterans Crisis Line – 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)

-          Many mores services available, depending on your service branch!

 

Programs highlighted in the podcast:

-          BHOP Factsheet

-          VA Coaching into Care Program

-          SOCOM Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) program

 

Other services

-          Military OneSource

-          Give an Hour

 

Excerpt from “Eradicating Mental Health Stigma in the Military and Beyond”

 

Reasons to defy unjustified stigma and seek treatment:

ü  Your life is more valuable than the uninformed opinions of others who have not walked in your shoes.

ü  By speaking up, you are not only helping yourself, you are giving permission for others to do the same.  

ü  You are part of the fight against stigma.

ü  You are taking a step toward self-empowerment.

ü  Your friends and family will thank you.

ü  Your future self will thank you.

Resources for mental health providers

-          Continuing education offered by the Center for Deployment Psychology (including a FREE cultural competence course!)

-          DoD/VA Clinical Practice Guidelines providing evidence-based recommendations for suicide risk assessment, depression, PTSD, and substance use among service members and veterans

-          Volunteer with Give an Hour

-          Air Force careers for clinical/counseling psychologists and LCSWs

-          Military and other government careers via USAJobs.gov

-          Military Command Exception and HIPAA

 

 

If you have a question about any of the resources listed here or how to find other services in your area, please contact Cristal@mypodtherapist.com

 

Please review my podcast on iTunes or Google!  Visit my FB page for Ask-A-Therapist LIVE every other Monday!

 

*All content in this podcast is for informational purposes only.  You should always consult with your own doctor or mental health professional.*

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger call 911, Text 741-741, or visit your local emergency room.*

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