50-60 minute session between Esther and client via Telehealth during the COVID19 pandemic. Client is recommended to find a place (outside, car, area at home) where noise/interruption is to a minimum. This service is available for Florida Residents only.
Therapy is meant to be affordable, therefore, my rate is $75 an hour. I do provide a sliding scale aka I will work with clients on discounted rates and/or payment plan.
** I do not take insurance **
Anxiety is provoked by an array of situations, environments, and relationships. Worry, stress, fear, overwhelm, irrational thinking, nervousness, restlessness, intrusive thoughts, tense, panic attacks, rapid heart rate, sweaty palms, trembling, lethargy, insomnia, digestive problems, difficulty focusing, and rapid breathing. Depression is provoked situationally, environmentally or physically. Moments of sadness, feelings of worthlessness, fatigued, loneliness, suicidal ideation, feelings of being less than, crying spells, bottled up emotions to name a few.
Abuse is oftentimes invisible. Areas of abuse are spiritual, emotional, psychological, verbal, physical, and sexual. Spiritual, emotional, psychological, and verbal abuse is demonstrated through hurtful words in the form of gas-lighting, power, manipulation, control, name-calling, narcissism, and oppression due to sex, race, religion, or gender. Physical and sexual abuse is also displayed through power, control, manipulation, and grooming. Under these categories of abuse, I treat trauma, rape, incest, pornography, exploitation, trafficking, #MeToo and/or domestic violence. I serve young adult survivors who have faced any kind of abuse as a child, adolescent or young adult and are currently experiencing triggers related to the abuse.
BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, People of Color. This means I provide services despite ethnic background or culture. BIPOC have faced societal instances wether its bullying, racism, including racial profiling, and injustice towards minority groups. The effects of such results with trauma, oppression, isolation, loneliness, anxiety, depression, and other underlying factors/emotions which are often difficult to process. I provide people groups the starting point to heal.
Boundaries (personal, relational, sexual, time, financial, environmental, emotional, verbal and spiritual) are defined as guidelines and limitations we create to identify safe and permissible ways to other people to behave towards us and how we respond when those limitations are crossed. However, oftentimes, boundaries usually are not concrete because we unintentionally permit it so.
Usually identified in romantic relationships, co-dependent tendencies may occur. However, co-dependency can be found in all sorts of relationships - co-workers, friends, family, and/or peers. At its' core, characteristics of codependency is defined as an excessive reliance on other people for approval and a sense of identity.
Have you ever asked yourself - "Who am I"? The areas of self-identity and self-esteem go hand in hand when exploring who you believe you are or perhaps the negative thoughts you've had about yourself. Have you given yourself grace? self-compassion? Areas of who you are are explored while being empowered to believe there is only one of you in this world.
Acknowledging you need some help is a big step to therapy. Being honest with yourself is beneficial. Before booking your first session, Esther offers a 15 minute phone consultation free of charge. She will listen, answer questions and discuss her rates. Once you've booked your first session, Esther will send you an email enclosing New Client Forms to be thoroughly reviewed and executed upon your first session.
The first session may sound intimidating, however, have no fear. This session will give you the space to share what brings you into therapy, fill out a questionnaire, sign consent forms, discuss confidentiality, and understand the therapeutic process in general. During the initial intake, Esther is gathering all the information necessary in preparation for your Journey to Wellness Plan.
Esther gives you the opportunity to share where you last left off from the first session. The time-frame and duration of therapy is on a client basis. Some clients are in therapy for as little as two months wherein other clients are in therapy for a year at a given time. You may want to talk and "air out" what you have been experiencing. Esther gives you room to do so. The duration of therapy is dependent upon what you are ready to work on first. Between the second to third sessions, the treatment plan is finalized among your goals you wish to accomplish in therapy.
Your Journey to Wellness Plan is described as a modern day treatment plan. A treatment plan outlines your goals, objectives, and the duration to your therapy journey. Realistic goals are defined by what exactly you wish to accomplish, achieve and work towards. Whereas objectives are smaller goals broken down to allow you to meet your initial desired goal(s).
As time progresses and your goals are met, sessions are minimized from weekly to bi-weekly, or monthly until Esther and the client believe termination is necessary. This is your journey through in what you see fit.
CBT and DBT focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.
TF-CBT addresses the specific emotional and mental health needs of adult survivors who are struggling to overcome the destructive effects of childhood trauma.
Positive psychology is the scientific study of the positive aspects of the human experience that make life worth living. Positive psychology focuses on both individual and societal well-being.
Narrative therapy is a psychological approach that seeks to adjust the stories one tells about one's life in order to bring about positive change and better mental health. It considers people the experts on their own lives and views them as separate from their problems.
Person-centered therapy is a humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously, rather than how a counselor can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centered strategy. It is used to elicit patient motivation to change a specific negative behavior to motivate clients to make positive changes.
Family systems therapy helps individuals resolve their problems in the context of their family units, where many issues likely began.