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Reaching out for support during a difficult time can be challenging and even scary. I commend you for your courage in reaching out! I consider it a great honor to have the opportunity to walk alongside the individuals I work with in therapy during what are often times the most painful or challenging times in their lives.
I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with my Master’s in Clinical Social Work in 2006 and I have worked as a Psychotherapist since that time. I have experience working with diverse populations, treating a wide variety of mental health, phase-of-life and behavioral issues. A tremendous amount of my work has been devoted to helping individuals suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Affective Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as issues pertaining to life changes/transition, grief and loss. I have had the privilege of helping many Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Trauma in working through their past experiences and moving towards healing. I consider it the greatest honor to have the ability to be here for people during their times of greatest need, using therapeutic techniques as a lantern, of sorts, to light the way on the path towards healing.
I use a variety of different therapeutic techniques and treatment modalities, which are tailored to the needs of the person, with whom I am working and what they need at that particular time. Some of these treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness. My approach is client-centered, warm, genuine and non-judgmental. I provide an atmosphere of acceptance and support; a safe place where you can be who you are, feel what you feel, as well as to process and work through those feelings.
Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about my approach. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience and we can begin this journey together.
Trauma and abuse
Coping with life changes
“Growth lives in the uneasiness, the in-between and the unfinished sentence. You are a season of becoming.”
Recognizing the importance of the therapeutic space, I aim to create a compassionate and supportive environment. I believe in the strength of the human spirit and seek to empower those I work with to reach goals that are most authentic to their journey. I am a firm believer that as people we have everything we need inside of us. Sometimes we just need reminding of our resilience, power and value.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Areas of Experience:
Trauma (& Related) Experiences/PTSD
My name is Ashlee and I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I have a deep passion for helping people navigate challenging and often uncertain periods in life with a realistic attitude. My theory of choice is Motivational Interviewing because I believe therapy works best when my clients are in a collaborative environment that encourages them to advocate for their own needs and wants. I believe that this support increases their ability to confidently make necessary changes in their lives. I also borrow from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Bowenian/Multigenerational theory as necessary.
In my experience thus far, I have done a significant amount of work with self-referred and court-mandated clients. The major focus has been on couples and individuals usually relating to issues with depression and anxiety. I have led many groups covering a range of topics which include domestic violence, anger management, parenting, and child abuse.
I hope that through the experience I create in session, I can help you begin to identify patterns that exist in your life. Armed with this knowledge, we can figure out which of these patterns are beneficial to you and which can lead to cycles of dissatisfaction.
Do intense, persistent, overwhelming feelings or thoughts leave you feeling emotionally or physically drained? Can you be surrounded by people, but feel misunderstood, isolated, or alone? Are you lacking genuine connections or looking to enhance the quality of your current relationships? Have you ever wanted to change somethings and find despite your best efforts you keep repeating the same undesired behavior? Things such as trauma or loss can hinder a person’s ability to experience change. I am here to help you understand how various processes can shape our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Therapy is also about helping you to understand how all these elements act independent and interdependent with each other. By using a multidisciplinary approach, I help each person in understanding their internal and external processes. Understanding is key to make long-lasting changes that are desired.
I graduated from Pepperdine University, where I earned my Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. During my studies I was able to gain an in-depth awareness and understanding about family dynamic, roles, and relationships. Since then, I have worked on enhancing my studies about grief, losses, and those who are impacted by chronic illnesses. I have worked in a variety of settings from nonprofits, hospitals to private practice. My worked experiences have increased my ability to work in the following areas
Relationships and Family Conflict
Premarital and Marital
Families impacted by Chronic Illness
Treatment Approaches/ Evidence Based Practice
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Children 6 -10
I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the University of Southern California with my Master of Social work with an emphasis in youth and families. I have clinical experience and a passion for working with adolescents, families and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, life stressors and low self-esteem. I use a client centered approach as I will be your guide to help you find answers you’ve been seeking. I’m bilingual and can provide therapy in both languages.
I treat children and adolescents struggling with: family and peer relational issues, low self-esteem, depression, behavioral issues, anxiety, and school-related issues. I believe in connecting with children and adolescents through building trust and providing a safe and nonjudgmental environment. I connect to children utilizing art, play therapy, and games that allow for open communication. I believe in being real and authentic when working with adolescents, allowing them to express themselves verbally and nonverbally through talk therapy, music, art, poetry, etc. I enjoy working with adolescents helping them through life challenges.
I also treat adults in individual therapy struggling with anxiety and adjusting to life changes. I am a person-centered therapist who is culturally sensitive and believes in change and the possibility to learn skills that can help one live a more fulfilled life. My goal as a therapist is to provide a supportive environment and help individuals and families address their concerns and work together to help them process their struggles.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Oppositional Defiant/Conduct Disorders
Life has a way of throwing curveballs that can leave us feeling overwhelmed, lost, and unprepared. Let’s look at how your struggle with depression, anxiety, divorce, grief, PTSD, or any other concerns have affected you and re-gain insight on how to move with an increased sense of strength. My commitment is to walk with you through the hard times and assist you to grow in your self-confidence, build on strengths that you possess, and find new strengths you never knew existed. My areas of focus are Women’s Issues, Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Life Transitions. My greatest hope is for you to feel safe, heard, and confident that there is hope as we embark on this therapeutic journey.
I have been providing therapy to children, teens, adults and couples for 14 years. I have a Master’s Degree in Child/Marriage/Family Therapy and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. I have a certification in Treating Domestic Violence in families. Approaches: Eclectic, collaborative approach rooted in CBT and Solution Focused theories. Specialties in Relationships, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Parenting, Men’s issues, Religious issues, Personal Growth, Career Change, Oppositional Defiance and Life Transitions. I treat children and teens and help identify a healthy self-esteem. I treat adults and couples and teach them skills that will enhance their daily lives. I am an easy going “down to earth” person that will help develop awareness and identify your strengths and resources to overcome life’s challenges.
I treat adults struggling with depression, anxiety, relational/family issues, and both first and secondhand trauma. When working with adults, I look to understand how the client perceives their world and how they operate and are affected by their social systems. I often use narrative therapy to help clients externalize the issues they face and use a strengths-based approach to empowering my clients by identifying their core values and skills so that they can effectively confront current and future issues.
I also specialize in work with elder adults using a psychodynamic approach to address issues related to aging, chronic and terminal illness as well end of life processing. As a previous medical social worker, I also have extensive background in working with firsthand trauma encountered by clients from acute injury or as victims of crime. I also have experience with work in secondhand trauma encountered by first responders and medical staff.
I have worked with individuals who identify as members of the LGBTQ community and done work in the areas of relationships and family dynamics as an LGBTQ individual, gender identity, and processing sexuality in relationship to one’s faith.
I have also previously worked in children’s services and done work with families and children in the foster care system. Topics I have covered previously are behavioral issues, family cohesion, reunification, and child and adolescent trauma
My approach is to identify current behaviors and patterns that contribute to distress or dysfunction and collaborate with clients to explore how they are influenced by current and past experiences. I work to remind my clients of the innate strengths they have as an individual and how they can use those strengths to cope with and overcome both current and future issues. Ultimately, as a clinician I work with my clients to help them internally develop the tools and skills to identify areas of life they would like to gain more control and confidence in, and we work together to deconstruct any obstacles or thoughts of self-doubt along the way. I look forward to working with you!
-Adults (18+ population)
– Adolescents and Children (5-17)
-Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
-Psychodynamic Therapy: Relational Therapy, and Interpersonal Process Therapy
– Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
– Culturally Sensitive
-Trauma and Stress Related Experiences including Childhood trauma, Survivors of trauma, Secondhand trauma, Terminal diagnosis, End of Life, and Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
– Family Conflict
– Life Transitions
– LGBTQ issues
– Personal Growth
– Body Image (including “bigorexia” in men)
– Relationship Issues
– First Responder/ Military Burnout
– Healthcare Worker/ Caregiver burnout
Luis Alcocer, MSW, ACSW 105093 I treat children adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, behavioral issues, and traumatic events. When working my clients, I approach the situations presented as an opportunity for acceptance, learning, and growth rather than fixating on the negative. I followed a strengths-based perspective and intend to practice through the lens of empowerment. I truly believe that you cannot change what you are unaware of and that’s why I value utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in my treatment approach. I approach my clients from a trauma informed and culturally humble lens with the intent of battling stigma and empowering my clients to regain control of their lives. I identify current behaviors, thoughts, feelings, and patterns that contribute to distress, while exploring how they are influenced by past experiences. Whether you are feeling stuck in a routine or simply wishing for change, I am here to be your advocate.
Modality: – Adolescents – Adults – Family – Couples – Groups
Treatment Approaches: – CBT – Psychotherapy – Trauma Informed – Culturally Humble – Radical Acceptance – Reality Testing – Narrative Exposure Therapy
Specialties – Major Depressive Disorder – Anxiety – PTSD – Substance Abuse Disorder – Bipolar I/II – Borderline Personality Disorder – Self-Esteem – Personal Growth – Family Systems – Loss/Grief – Co-occurring Disorders – Adjustment Disorder