My Approach to Helping
I am a bilingual licensed psychologist with over 15 years of experience providing individual, couples, and group therapy in English and Spanish. I consider the cultural factors influencing people thus providing a holistic approach that includes your intellect, emotions, and reactions in order to help you improve your life. Therapy is an investment in yourself often postponed because of busy schedules therefore I make my services accessible by providing convenient evenings and weekends appointments. I do not take the trust you place in me for granted, my commitment is to assist you in stepping out of your comfort zone and gently challenge and support you as you seek to capitalize on your strengths.
I also offer comprehensive psychological evaluations for immigration cases including political asylum, extreme hardship, domestic abuse (VAWA), and survivors of violent crimes (U visa, T visa) cases. You will receive a high quality psychological report for your immigration case.
My passion for providing therapy came from a process of discovering, accepting, and embracing myself with my strengths and areas of growth; I know self-discovery can be uncomfortable, challenging, or painful but having the right support can make all the difference! I welcome the opportunity to assist you in the process of genuinely examining your life, exploring your needs and wants, facing your fears, nurturing your hopes, and learning more about yourself, your life, and your relationships.
My values are to encourage, empower, and educate you as you grow in confidence, strength, self-compassion, and awareness.
More Info About My Practice
Insurance Information: Out-of-network provider, bill statement provided at the end of each month upon request.
Session fees: $150 (50 minutes college student/recent graduate discount), $180 (50 minutes individual session), $250 (50 minutes couples counseling session)
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, check (payable to Jimenez Counseling), credit/debit cards. Payment due at time of services.
Benefits of not using insurance to pay for therapy:
1. A medical/psychological diagnosis would not be "required" for "reimbursement purposes," meaning you can often avoid being assigned a "label" that some people may find stigmatizing and that would be included in your medical records.
2. Many people seek therapy without meeting full criteria for a specific psychological diagnosis which means they do not qualify for reimbursement via insurance policies
3. Increased privacy/confidentiality because insurance companies will not have access to information regarding your therapy treatment; this reduces the number of people who would view your records.
4. There is no limit on the number of sessions you can attend because insurance companies will not dictate what they believe is the "best practice" for your treatment therefore ensuring individualized therapy that truly meets your needs.
5. Greater flexibility in selecting a therapist that is the best fit for you because you are not limited to in network providers.
6. More emphasis on prevention rather than focusing on symptoms.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love being a psychologist! I consider myself to be the "holder of people's stories," I know they often share with me things they do not share even with the closest people in their lives and I don't take this for granted. I admire the courage and vulnerability it takes to seek therapy and open up to a stranger. I treasure the trust people place in me and what I myself learn in the process of providing therapy to others. I learn with and from every person I work with and often miss seeing them come to my office. Being a psychotherapist is bittersweet, sweet because you help people grow and realize their strengths and sad because you know that the therapy will some day come to an end.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
I believe, and research has shown, that the most crucial element in therapy is the "client-therapist alliance" which is the "fit" between the people in the therapy process. This includes the way you communicate, work, and interact with your therapist; your therapist may have incredible skills but if you do not feel safe, understood, heard, or respected you may not obtain all the benefits that therapy can offer. I believe in gently noting patterns, themes, and contradictions in people's narratives and behaviors in order to facilitate the self-discovery process. Many times people recreate their interpersonal dynamics in the therapy process therefore providing themselves with the opportunity to learn things they may want to change, having a genuine supportive therapist can make this process less daunting.