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.*

EPISODE 1-Intro

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Intro to my show-  Through the Eyes of a Therapist.

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

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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!

*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.*

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