Mirella R. Mendoza,LCSW

Mirella R. Mendoza,LCSW

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 100451
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I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Allegiance Life and Health
  • Alliance PPO
  • Allied Insurance Group
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • CalPERS
  • Cenpatico
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • Coventry Health Care
  • GEHA Health Plans
  • GWH-Cigna (formerly Great West Healthcare)
  • Health Net
  • Highmark
  • Managed Health Network (MHN)
  • Meritain Health
  • New Directions Behavioral Health
  • Nippon Life Benefits
  • Optum
  • Optum Health
  • Tricare West
  • United Behavioral Health
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Santa Clara, California 95054

My Approach to Helping

I am grateful that our world is more understanding and excepting of addressing and taking care of our behavioral healthmental health needs today. Do not feel shame, guilt or fearful of deciding on taking this important step in your life. It is NOT selfish to take care of you first. It is vital. You are not able to provide, help, or begin to think of someone else’s self care effectively while your own mental health is suffering. I fully understand by experience and from many years of working with families and children of trauma, how difficult it can be to function in life and fulfill endeavors due to un healed trauma and pain. I applaud you for thinking about yourself and taking the first step. "

My approach integrates psychodynamic, logotherapy, solution focused, strength based, mindfulness, person centered, cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt), and motivational interviewing. I am a strong believer that environment, relationships, upbringing and trauma has a great affect on our adult lives. Understanding that, will help break negative cycles and strengthen positive ones. I also believe in pulling from strengths you already have to help you succeed in life and get to where you want to be. I feel there are three important tools that help the therapeutic process along: listening, understanding and healing.

I am passionate about working with adults who are experiencing and dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, panic attacks, work stress, addiction, life transitionschanges, grief, divorce and relationship issues. I have experience working with those who have gone through childhood trauma, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, substance useaddiction, domestic violence, parenting issues, loss of children, separation from parents, family courtcps issues, and foster care placements.

"My goal is to help you find and gain self-fulfillment, happiness, positive self-esteem, autonomy for your own life, while teaching you healthy coping skills for working through life’s challenges and changes.
I believe that providing a non-judgmental, empathetic, yet direct approach builds trust, and assists you in starting your healing process more effectively."

Growing up I was always the childteen and adult who loved to help others and advocate for justice and equal treatment. I found that I was able to do that more being a social worker. After 18 years of social work, I leaned towards wanting to help understand trauma and how it affects us all. I find providing therapy, has the greatest rewards.

When helping you set goals, I typically review what’s working and what is not working in your life. I challenge you to think about what you want to be different and how you believe you can get to that point. I provide tools that are necessary to help you attain those goals, such as reassurance, redirection, and guidance.

In our first session, we will gather family history, medical history, review of symptoms, functional impairments in life currently, goals, and what you’re wanting to learn and achieve in therapy. We will also develop a plan that you actively participate in.

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Stress

Types of Therapy

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