I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Illinois and have 17 years of post-graduate professional work experience. The bulk of my experience has been in mental health providing crisis intervention and therapy to patients who came to the attention of emergency rooms. Most of my interventions with patients have been addressing depression and anxiety. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.
Additional areas of focus: Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy
IL LCSW 149.017180
Balbina listens well and is very understanding
Written on Apr 18, 2023 after therapy with Balbina for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem
Balbina has been wonderful to work with. I've been going through a very stressful and depressing time with family life events. She's been proactive to reach out to me, she's provided me with techniques to mitigate some stress and has really listened and empathized. She's soft spoken, listens well and is easy to talk with. I'd definitely recommend working with her.
Written on Mar 23, 2023 after therapy with Balbina for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Balbina has been instrumental in my keeping me on the pathway to get out of anxiety and anxious thought process. Through our conversations she has helped challenge my anxiety through various exercises - specifically reframing state of mind. She has offered a lot of resources to practice mindfulness, meditation and has been nothing short of a powerhouse of support and encouragement.
Written on Mar 22, 2023 after therapy with Balbina for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Balbina has given me the space to express myself and help me understand and observe my thought patterns without judgment, and also celebrate in the positive things are happening in my life. I am an insightful person, and I turned over analyze myself, so it’s really helpful for someone to give me a break and tell me I don’t have to have every single thing figured out.
Written on Feb 16, 2023 after therapy with Balbina for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Balbina listens very well and is very intentional. In the time that I have spent with her, she has provided such wonderful solutions to my issues. I would highly recommend her expertise!
Written on Jan 15, 2023 after therapy with Balbina for 2 weeks
Balbina is a thoughtful and thorough therapist. She is the first therapist I’ve had since I was a child and I am really happy with our progress so far.
Written on Oct 24, 2022 after therapy with Balbina for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd