BECOMING A PLAY THERAPIST- feat. Kristin Trick, LPC, RPT

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“Play is the language of children and toys are their words.”-A Play Therapy Philosophy.
 
Working with children in therapy requires special skills.  Sometimes the best approaches with children are left to the experts who we call Registered Play Therapists.  This special certification/registration takes at least 300 extra supervised hours to attain post-licensure.  In my interview with Kristin Trick, LPC, RPT, she explains to us how to become a registered play therapist, what kinds of issues play therapists can help with, and why to choose a play therapist over a conventional therapist for your child.
 
Below is some must-have information about my guest:
 
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Kristin P. Trick, MA, LPC, RPT is a therapist who works in private practice at Sawyer Behavioral Health where she provides therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults. She offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) along with art and play therapy interventions for clients. She also works at the El Paso Child Guidance Center where she provides Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for children ages 2-7 and their parents. She is active in the El Paso community as she routinely provides trainings to local agencies and organizations on play therapy, trauma informed care, and human development. 
Kristin recently published an article in the Association for Play Therapy’s quarterly magazine regarding the implementation of play therapy in outpatient psychiatric hospital programs. She received her MA in Professional Counseling and BS in Youth Ministry from Liberty University. Along with her certification as a registered play therapist (RPT), she is certified in TF-CBT and is currently pursuing accreditation in EMDR and PCIT. She enjoys reading, painting, hiking, cooking, and running. She has completed two marathons and is actively training for her third marathon in 2019. 
 
Contact Info:
Sawyer Behavioral Health
4157 Rio Bravo St.
El Paso, TX, 79902 
915-533-8696
 
El Paso Child Guidance Center
2701 E Yandell Dr.
El Paso, TX 79903
915-562-1999 
 
Mentioned in the episode: www.a4pt.org
 
 

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BECOMING A THERAPIST-HOW SUPERVISORS HELP US GROW feat. Tim Mendoza

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In this episode, we talk about how clinical supervisors are needed beyond graduate internships and licensure requirements!  Supervising at an agency can help clinicians be more well rounded and prepared for many client issues.  Supervision is also discussed in the previous episode with Dr. Kate Walker (CLICK HERE TO LISTEN).

BF2438CF-7066-4ADC-AE74-E62A1F847C88.jpegTim Mendoza graduated with a Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Texas at El Paso.  He is currently the outpatient supervisor for Bethanna, a non-profit outpatient behavioral health program in Philadelphia.  This organization focuses on the provision of evidence based practices including PCIT and TFCBT for children and families.  He is certified in both therapy modalities and is currently working on his Level One Trainer Certification for PCIT.  Tim has over 11 years of clinical and supervisory experience and is also trained in EMDR and TCIT. 

 

Mentioned in the episode:

www.epcgc.org

http://bethanna.org/services/behavioral/

https://www.cacrep.org/

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BECOMING A THERAPIST- Clinical Supervision feat. Dr.Kate Walker

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Hello, Through the Eyes of a Therapist Podcast listeners!  If you’ve gotten this far in my latest series on becoming a therapist, you’ve heard about Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, and School Counselors.  You know by now that to become a therapist, you need to get a master’s degree and to become fully licensed, you must complete a post-graduate internship.  Most of these last at least 18 months post masters and you need to accumulate 3,000 hours of supervised practice.

Supervised practice means that you must contract someone who is a clinical supervisor to oversee and sign off on your 3,000 hours.  Clinical supervisors make an investment in provisionally licensed practitioners by meeting with them on a weekly basis, going over treatment plans, evaluations, personal issues that may be affecting work with clients, and progress notes.  This is, probably, the last time a clinician is being closely monitored in their career before becoming independently licensed.

To explain this further, my guest on the podcast today is Dr.Kate Walker. She is an expert on therapist development and growth.  Her work includes training fully licensed therapists in becoming clinical supervisors.  She has also written a book called “My Next Steps, Create a Counseling Career You’ll Love.” Find this book on amazon for less than 15 bucks! https://www.amazon.com/My-Next-Steps-Create-Counseling/dp/1937514722

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Here is more about Dr.Kate:

Dr. Kate McLellan Walker Ph.D., LPC, LMFT is an experienced clinician, entrepreneur, writer, researcher, educator, and speaker. Born in Texas and raised in the Midwest, she struggled with ADD and FOMO (fear of missing out) throughout her adolescence. As soon as she could she ran to the live music capital of the world and earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She used that credential to teach public school orchestras and freelance as a bass player until 1998 when she decided to pursue her MA and Ph.D. in counseling from Sam Houston State University.  

Her achievements and many diverse interests include doctoral advisory board member, university professor, president of the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and licensing board liaison.  An avid researcher (and still blessed with ADD), Dr. Kate harnesses her love of business, novelty, and creativity to speak, teach, and write about her experiences running her successful clinical practice AchieveBalance.org, training over thirty-seven cohorts in her ground-breaking leadership organization Kate Walker Training, and being the wife to a soldier and mom to three amazing kids. In her spare time, she still freelances as a professional bass player for singer-songwriters in the Houston area.

Balancing business and family places Dr. Kate in a unique position to help other leaders achieve balance too. In her new book, My Next Steps: Create a Counseling Career You’ll Love, she synthesizes interview data garnered from five successful entrepreneurs in the counseling field. The result is a step-by-step guide containing practical tools so readers can create the successful career they fell in love with, make a living, and keep their sanity.

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Becoming a Clinical Social Worker feat. Erica Barrales, LCSW & Alvely Alcantara, LCSW

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Social work is a diverse and large field where individuals can grow professionally in many different directions.  Clinical Social Work is one area of specialty where social workers can conduct therapy services.  Licensed Clinical Social workers are trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities allowing them the title of “therapist”.  LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCs, Counseling Psychologists, and some school psychologists can do “therapy” or what we call “clinical work“.  After this episode about LCSWs, I will be interviewing psychologists and therapy/clinical supervisors so you can understand the nuanced positions the mental health field has to offer.

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Here is some must have info about today’s guests:

Erica Barrales, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who currently works as a Senior Social Worker for Orange County Children and Family Services in Orange, California. She currently is assigned as a Senior Social Worker in the Specialized Family Services: Continuing and Court Officers program. For the past 11 years, she has worked with children and families in the capacity of family reunification, family maintenance, and adoption focused cases. For the past 5 years she has worked with the special medical, developmental, and behaviorally fragile children and families. She is a seasoned and well-rounded leader within her program. She’s been in the social work field since 2003 and has experience in school counseling, psychotherapy, and supervising Associate Clinical Social Work interns. She provides clinical supervision to Associate Clinical Social Workers earning clinical hours for licensure.

She was raised as a daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, and grew up in Anaheim, CA. She is married to her husband of 13 years, who is a deputy sheriff. She has 3 boys, ranging from 4 to 12 years old, loves to drink wine, dance, and spend time with her large family. 

Alvely Alcantara is an LCSW in the state of NC with cultural roots in the Dominican Republic. She has been in practice since March 2015 at a nonprofit serving the local Latinx community. The majority of her work is done in Spanish as most of her clients are Spanish speakers. She specialize in trauma treatment, depression, anxiety and adjustment/acculturation problems, and primarily works with females. She loves working with teens (15+) to young adults but has the ability to work with people from eight to a geriatric age. She is not yet in private practice but plans to take that next step for her career.  She has a passion for working with the Military population and comes from a military family herself.

To get in touch with Alvely or Erica, you can email hello@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

For more information about social work you may visit the National Association of Social Work:

https://www.socialworkers.org/

https://www.socialworkers.org/Careers

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BECOMING A SOCIAL WORKER- feat. Elisa D., LMSW

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Social Workers can thrive in many settings—hospitals, mental health clinics, schools, and much more!  Elisa and I discuss the versatility of social workers and talk about what it takes to become a clinical social worker.

Elisa Dobler, LMSW is a therapist at the El Paso Child Guidance Center since October of 2015. Elisa has a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Social Work from UTEP and is Licensed Clinical Social Work Candidate. While in the master of social work program, Elisa was awarded the Hogg Bilingual Scholarship for Mental Health and the SAMSHA/HRSA Borderland Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Initiative Grant. Currently she is trained in TF-CBT, EMDR among other modalities and works primarily with victims of crime. Previously, Elisa worked in public education as an IB (International Baccalaureate) teacher and English IV teacher from 2006-2013. She speaks three languages and enjoys taking weekend hikes, playing the piano, and spending time with family.

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BECOMING A SCHOOL COUNSELOR-featuring Vanessa De Jesus, LAC

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Counselors are liaisons who balance student emotions & academics.  They handle crises, teach counseling lessons in classrooms, provide psychoeducation to teachers, maintain positive working relationships with parents, and help kids with anything from bullying to grieving!

Vanessa De Jesus Guzman is a licensed associate counselor and a national certified counselor with 15 years of experience in the education and counseling fields combined.  Before becoming a counselor Vanessa was a tenured second grade teacher. Her love for wanting to help children on a deeper level led her to begin a career in counseling. Vanessa is currently a middle school counselor in an New Jersey public schools and a licensed therapist providing in-home therapy to children and families in crisis. Vanessa also runs social skills groups for children ages 7-13.

Vanessa’s passion is helping children grow to be caring, thriving and resilient kids with strong values and sound character.  She is also dedicated to helping parents and educators build strong and healthy relationships with their children and students, which she accomplishes via speaking engagements, parent coaching, and blogging.  

On her free time Vanessa enjoys being active in professional organizations, salsa dancing, practicing yoga, and laughing with her husband and son.

Website: www.counseling-dejesus.com

Email: counselorvdejesus@gmail.com

Instagram: @counselorvdejesus

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9 Reasons Why

Where the hell did this idea for a podcast come from anyway?  When I was about nine years old, I was gifted a handheld recorder.  I carried it around with me everywhere, with blank cassette tapes, ready to capture my every word.  When I heard Dr.Laura Schlessinger on the radio while riding in the car with my parents, I said that I “want to be like her and do what she does” someday.  It has taken a while, but I am finally making this dream come true, step-by-step, with this podcast.

I have been a therapist since 2011.  I live, work and play in El Paso, Texas…on the edge of the US Mexico border.  I have a history of anxiety and depression, personally and in my family.  Most people are afraid to admit things like this because mental health is taboo and stigmatized.  The constant use of words like “crazy”, “insane”, or “loca/o” perpetuate the stigma against mental illness and treatment.  I have a strong calling to bring awareness to mental well-being and creating content on this podcast is enjoyable and rewarding for me.  I’m an experienced Licensed Professional who has been practicing for 8 years.  The information on this podcast is a compilation of my own knowledge and experience, and you can trust that the information is coming from a reputable and highly trained therapist.

Here are 9 reasons you should pledge to my podcast:

  1. All information is available to the general public for free.
  2. All content is related to raising mental health awareness.
  3. Promotion to reach more people costs money.
  4. If I’m able to reach more people, the more mental health awareness will spread.
  5. If you have suffered mental illness, know or love someone who has mental illness, you know how important it is to get early intervention. My show inspires people to seek their own mental health professionals to begin healing.
  6. I’m an experienced Licensed Professional who has been practicing for 8 years. The information on this podcast is a compilation of my own knowledge and experience.  I also interview many other professionals I have worked with in the past or those who I have befriended.  Bottom line, it’s a fun and interesting podcast!
  7. I think many people are already engaging in therapeutic practices and don’t even know it. I’d like to bring light to activities that are therapeutic, that are not necessarily considered “therapy”.
  8. I plan to use funds to create a social media blast because again, more listeners, more mental health awareness, less stigma surrounding mental health.
  9. I also plan to use funds by outsourcing my editing. I have been editing my own podcast since the beginning, but it has been difficult for me since I am not an audio engineer.  It’s proven that better quality audio = more listeners.

‘Tis the season of giving!  There are three tiers and REWARDS that come with pledging (AS LOW AS ONE BUCK A MONTH).  Become a #mentalhealthwarrior here.

Here’s what you get:

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$1 or more per month •

If you plegde a mimimum of $1 to the show you may receive one or some of the following gifts:

  • Patron only episodes!
  • A thank you on the show or site.
  • Thank you email/facebook mention.
  • Mention on Instagram page

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If you plegde a mimimum of $5 to the show receive one or some of the following gifts:

  • Patron only content
  • Receive digital note/personalized email each month
  • Name listed on show’s patrons list and a shout-out on a show
  • Podcast stickers sent to you!

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$10 or more per month •

If you plegde a mimimum of $10 to the show you may receive one or some of the following gifts:

  • PATRON ONLY POLLS, Q&A, AND EXCLUSIVE EPISODES
  • Handwritten note or special show postcard
  • Patron-only bonus content
  • Participate in a closed Facebook group
  • Bio and Pic mention on Insta or Facebook
  • Access to assistance and general recommendations related to seeking your own therapy/mental health care

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BECOMING A THERAPIST-Sex Therapy- a Glimpse Into Treatment Feat. Jen Reeves, LMFT, CST

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My guest today is a Certified Sex Therapist!  I am so super excited to present you all with this content.  It’s been hard to track down a CST, so this is a real treat for me!  Jen Reeves, CST, LMFT, and I discuss: desire discrepancy, fetishes, kink, sexual stigma, masturbatory behaviors, couples therapy, bad therapists, and how to become a sex therapist!
Jen attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a BA in psychology. After her BA, she took a five year hiatus during which time she worked for various group homes, primarily with teenage girls where she was given sexual abuse cases. Jen attended the University of Houston Clear Lake for grad school and received a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy in 2012.  She then became a Certified Sex Therapist through the Texas Sex Therapy Institute in December 2016.
She currently works for Houston Relationship Therapy in the Heights district of Houston, and has been conducting treatment there for 5 and a half years. She supervises future sex therapists through Texas Sex Therapy Institute and teaches the occasional class or two for TSTI. She has been a guest lecturer/presenter on the topics of porn issues, sex after baby, female sexual desire, and desire discrepancy, to name a few. She is now in the process of becoming a supervisor for future marriage and family therapists as well.
Mentioned in the episode:
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BECOMING A THERAPIST- Fully Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in Private Practice feat. Z, Lopez & M. Plascencia, LMFTs

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In this second part of HOW MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS ARE MADE, we are moving up the ladder.  In this episode, I speak with two fully licensed marriage and family therapists.  They spill the tea on how to sustain yourself as a therapist, how therapy is “soul work”, and the importance of Latinxs becoming therapists!

Below is must-have information on my guests!

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Maritza Plascencia, LMFT

Maritza received a B.A. in Criminology and a B.A. in English from University of California Irvine where she interned for the OC Public Defender’s Office interviewing minors in custody at Juvenile Hall.  Upon graduating she was hired as a Victim Advocate assigned to assist victims in domestic violence cases going through the criminal justice system.  She decided to pursue her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the California School of Professional Psychology after witnessing the effects of unhealthy relationships and the dysfunction these create for everyone involved; from the children who felt lonely and misunderstood in their own homes, to the adults dealing with the mental and emotional impact resulting from their unhealthy relationships.

Throughout her career, Maritza has worked with individuals, couples and families addressing anxiety, depression, grief, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), childhood trauma, domestic violence, sexual assault and relationship issues, to mention a few. 

Her style is to use an integrative, client-centered and emotionally focused approach that includes mind-body techniques and provides clients with practical tools.  She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy which she finds helpful in working with individuals trying to address past traumas and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which she uses in her work with most couples.

 

Zeahlot Lopez

Zeahlot Lopez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Cosmetologist helping humans rebuild their spirit. Guided by her intuition, clinical training, life experiences, and some luck she currently helps individuals and families lead a happier life! Aside from providing mental health services to better the lives of her clients, she enjoys providing coaching services to entrepreneurs and those looking to increase their emotional intelligence. She enjoys comedy, singing in her shower, and cooking new dishes. Recently she was featured on the television network Univision, speaking on challenges associated with Mental Health and in LA Voyage magazine as a featured entrepreneur. She is currently creating workshops for women and young professionals. 

You can reach either of these amazing Latina Healers below:

http://www.mindfulquestrelationshipcounseling.com/maritza/

https://www.vidatherapy.co/

and of course, you can send any questions or feedback to hello@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

 

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BECOMING A THERAPIST- How marriage and family therapists are made! (PART ONE) Feat. Mishka K. & Luis C., AMFT’s

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Okay future therapists, in the last episode you heard Myra Garcia, LCSW and Myself, a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Board Certified Therapist, talk about what to GENERALLY expect when becoming a therapist.
The plan is to explore the different kinds of mental health professionals in this LARGE and GROWING community from the bottom up…meaning, I’ll talk to therapy students, interns, graduate level interns/associates, and fully licensed professionals about how they become or are in the process of becoming THERAPISTS.
This week we are moving up the ladder and discovering how Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists are made. We start with two Associate level MFT’s, Mishka Kimball, AMFT and Luis Cornejo, AMFT.
Below is some must-have info about my two guests!

Luis Cornejo, M.S, AMFT (Founder & Editor-in-Chief of PsychoSocial)
Luis is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist who graduated from Long Beach State University (CSULB) with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology (2015). He also has a Bachelors degree in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis in Public Policy from San Francisco State University (2011). Luis has over 9 years of experience working with children and families both in education and mental health. After graduating with his M.S at CSULB, Luis received the California MFT consortium award for his achievements and commitment to community mental health. As a result Luis worked at Children’s Institute (CII), a non-profit community based agency in Los Angeles for 1 year to fulfill the award requirements. During his time at CII, Luis provided in home and in school based therapy for children and families. Currently, Luis works for Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc. a non-profit agency in San Francisco, CA providing mental health consultation in early head start programs and SFUSD pre-schools through their early intervention program.

His therapeutic interests include working with Trauma, the LGBTQ community, Children, Families, Couples, and POC. His personal interests include; Films, Reading, Writing, Art, Travelling, Disney, and Food. He is also a recipient of the California State Stipend award (2015). PsychoSocial is part of Luis’ dedication to mental health and an example of his passion to educate others. PsychoSocial is a multimedia platform founded by Luis Cornejo, AMFT and Co-Founded by Katherine Dominguez, ASW. PsychoSocial is designed to promote mental health awareness, knowledge, and advocacy as well as fight to de-stigmatize mental illness. Through the use of written text, video, social media, and audio, PsychoSocial hopes to create dialogue and support for mental health awareness. PsychoSocial strives to highlight issues impacting the LGBTQ, POC, and other disenfranchised groups. PsychoSocial was also designed to highlight an array of topics impacting mental health which includes creativity, culture, and current events.

https://psychosocial-lifestyle.com/about-us
http://ifrsf.org/programs/early-intervention-and-school-based-program/
https://www.childrensinstitute.org “

Mishka Clavijo Kimball, MS, AMFT, CAMC

Mishka is a bilingual, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist working in private practice under the supervision of Anita Avedian, LMFT. Mishka earned her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles in 2015.
Mishka is also a Certified Anger Management Counselor and provides anger management groups and one on one sessions for both volunteer and court-mandated clients. She is fluent in Spanish and loves to work with the Latinx population, young adults and families. She also loves speaking at events, teaching, and connecting with the community! Fun fact: She has a Russian name, but is 100% Latina!
You can connect with Mishka on Instagram and Facebook with the name Kimball Therapy, you can also find her on Psychology Today, and her website: www.kimballtherapy.com.
Mishka is currently practicing in Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills. You can reach her at 818-253-9404 to schedule a free phone consultation.

 
If you want to get into touch with either of them you may also write to hello@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org and I will make sure your message gets to them!

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