Mario Alvarez Serrano

JD, LCPC

Mario Alvarez Serrano

JD, LCPC

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Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychotherapist, Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - 180.011027
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Blue Choice
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

180 N. Michigan Ave.
#1830
Chicago, Illinois 60601
5340 N Clark St.
#212
Chicago, Illinois 60640

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My Approach to Helping

I am a bilingual (EnglishSpanish) Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at IntraSpectrum Counseling. I am amazed by what therapy can bring to someone’s life and has experienced this personally and as a practitioner. My goal is to provide each client with an emotionally safe environment where they feel comfortable exploring even the biggest challenges, whether it is how to manage overwhelming emotions such as anxiety or depression, learning to recognize and fight unhealthy or toxic patterns in life and relationships, or confronting past trauma or abuse. I strive to create a warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental atmosphere in therapy while utilizing a collaborative and strengths-based approach to identify goals and facilitate growth, change, recovery, and healing.

My clinical extensive clinical experience consists of working with children, adolescents and adults. I have worked in community mental health centers, schools, and substance abuse treatment facilities. He is passionate about multicultural counseling and working with adults and adolescents with diverse expressions of gender, sexuality, and relationships. I also have experience treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse and severe mental illness. Other areas of clinical interest include life transitions and relationship issues, as well as cultural issues, LGBTQI+ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and immigration and assimilationacculturation considerations. I believe that the client is the expert in their own life and works to be an agent of change for those seeking comfort, healing, and purpose. He uses Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Existentialism to assist clients in discovering the barriers to their authentic happiness.

Before joining IntraSpectrum, I worked for a non-profit integrative behavioral health community agency in Chicago. I was a program administrator for a methadone clinic, a chronic homelessness men’s transitional housing program, and a men’s residential program. I also has several years of clinical supervision experience across several behavioral health programs. I graduated with a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Argosy University in Chicago and obtained my Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law, in Philadelphia.

More Info About My Practice

IntraSpectrum Counseling is Chicago’s leading psychotherapy practice dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community, and we strive to provide the highest quality mental health care for multicultural, kink, polyamorous, and intersectional issues. We have 3 locations in the Chicago area and currently offer online and in-person at therapy.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Groups I Work With

    I have specialized training and experience in working with the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, QueerQuestioning) population and provide sensitive, LGBTQ-affirmative therapy. I provide online and in person individual and couples therapy, as well as group therapy to an extremely diverse population.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Identity Issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy

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