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Cristal is a mental health clinician, advocate, boxer, drummer, healer, podcaster, blogger and creative spirit.  She founded Through the Eyes of a Therapist podcast in January 2018 and launched in February 2018.


Cristal Martinez Acosta has been serving as a mental health clinician in the El Paso, Texas Borderland area since 2011. Cristal is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Approved Supervisor (LPC-S) in the state of Texas and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors. 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, where she earned a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with a 4.0 GPA.

Cristal has experience working with youth and adults who have been affected by traumatic events. Her areas of interest are parenting support, childhood abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, high-risk youth, depression, Reality Therapy, and immigration issues. She is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the region’s only Level One Trainer in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (via PCIT International). She is also trained, and pursuing certification, in EMDR. She has taught licensed professionals, school counselors, and other community members in the areas of Trauma Informed Care, PCIT, and TF-CBT. She also supervises developing counseling professionals and students and is currently accepting applications for LPC-Interns.  She is a public speaker, trainer, and mental health advocate. She has presented at various conferences in her professional career and has been blogging about mental health since 2012.


What makes Cristal a Human Being:

She is 3,086 years old (okay 30-something) and lives in a place where delicious authentic Mexican food and crappy drivers are abundant (oh yeah we went there). 49% Native American-Mexican and 30% Spanish (according to DNA tests). She is married to an Athletic Trainer and was a group fitness instructor in a past life. She would do ANYTHING for her family and two dogs! Her favorite fruit is watermelon (with Tajin) and loves pastel de tres leches! Drumming, boxing, lifting weights, football, obstacle races, trying different hairstyles, shopping, being real, traveling, being a weirdo, and being a foodie are the most important things that keep her sane.
Current dreams: opening a business, being famous for therapizing, writing a book, podcasting, and being the best freaking counselor she can be (AND being who she needed when she was little)!