My Approach to Helping
Hello, I'm so glad that you have taken on this journey of introspection, growth, and healing. I'm Patricia Alvarado and I have been in the helping profession for over nine years, working with childrenteens, adults, and providing parent coaching using evidence-based practices. I explore things from a multicultural lens that allows me to understand your individual needs through active listening, empathy, and from a non-judgmental standpoint. I specialize in EMDR, CBT, Solution Focused Treatment, and Mindfulness which allows me to focus my client's needs in the here and now to help create trust within the therapeutic relationship.
I have extensive experience with trauma treatment, anxiety, depression, mindfulness, substance abuse, and parenting. My specialty includes exploring through an EMDR lens to help desensitize and reprocess negative cognitions. Why re-traumatize if you don't have to? EMDR is different from talk therapy and this is what makes this treatment incredibly unique!
I am committed to decrease the barriers to access mental health services and due to this, my practice includes online sessions (via a HIPAA secure video), office, and in-home appointments. Having these options allows us to build a strong therapeutic relationship where we are actively working on both your short and long terms goals each time we meet.
More Info About My Practice
My work aims to understand the underlying concerns that are causing stressful situations and mal-adaptive behaviors. Through active listening, approaching things with empathy, and from a non-judgmental standpoint, my hope is that we can work together to help create trust within the therapeutic relationship. The experiences that I have gained volunteering on the Suicide Prevention Hotline, various shelters in Los Angeles including the Downtown Women's Shelter, and my experience within community mental health allow me to offer various perspectives to your personal experience.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
I've heard this before and it's truly disheartening to hear! Within therapy, the biggest thing to remember is that this is your process and while things can be uncomfortable from time to time because of what we are working through together, my hope is that you can feel comfortable enough to share when something does not feel right. At the end of each session I like to ask what you gained from today's session as a continued check-in because so much is processed and worked through in the time we have together...I want to ensure that you feel comfortable for our next scheduled appointment. If you've had a negative therapy experience, let's talk about it...let's process it together. (I've had one too!) so I get it, and I understand how important the therapeutic relationship is.