About Your Pod-Therapist
Cristal Martinez Acosta was born, raised, and currently lives in El Paso, Texas. She takes her profession seriously but is a silly, down-to-earth human being. The name "Wonder Counselor" was lovingly given to Cristal by her best friend, Michelle M. She loves her husband, her two dogs, her sisters, mother and father. She has had a history of depression and anxiety and is no longer ashamed of being transparent about these past diagnoses. She was treated for these disorders as a child and teenager with therapy and medication, which is why she is so passionate about her profession. Her motto is to "be who you needed when you were little".
Cristal is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She graduated with honors from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. Then she attended New Mexico State University (CACREP accredited), where she received a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with a 4.0 GPA and the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Educational Psychology Department.
She began her career by becoming a certified Multi-Systems therapist where she treated teenagers and families involved in the juvenile justice system. She then worked as a professional intern at a local mental health hospital in El Paso as well as a local not-for-profit mental health agency. She then worked at an Unacccompanied Minors Shelter associated with the Office of Refugee Resettlement where she encountered youth from South America who had extensive histories of trauma and complex trauma.
Cristal is a local advocate for mental health and the reduction of stigma related to mental disorders. She currently works at a local non-profit agency, writes blogs, consults and supervises other therapists and interns, and speaks publicly (as part of her job at the non-profit org). In the process, she has become a local expert on trauma treatment, trauma infomed care, and parenting.
She has experience working with children, youth, and adults who have been affected by traumatic events. Her areas of interest are childhood abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, high-risk youth, depression, Reality Therapy, and immigration issues. She is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy. She is receiving training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy to add to her repertoire of therapeutic interventions.