My first inclination that I was called to be a mental health therapist was at age 11. Since then I've gone on to receive my PhD in Mental Health Counseling, and a degree in Hypnotherapy. I completed my internship at a women's residential substance abuse facility assisting women to increase their self-esteem, self-worth, self-image, process their trauma and grief, manage their anxiety and depression, and taught various life skills. I then went on to work in an out-patient substance abuse facility with clients struggling with addiction, trauma, rejection, comorbidity (two or more diagnoses i.e. anxiety, depression, bipolar, or substance abuse, etc), and feelings of worthlessness. I've also worked in conjunction with the Division of Family and Children Services to help families regain custody of their children, facilitate adoptions, and counsel children in foster homes and in group homes.
I authored From Foster Care to FABULOUS: An Imperative Movement, Maximize Your Super Powers, co-authored Ripping Gripping Fear Out of Your Story, have several other e-books on Amazon as a result of my own life experiences, and completed rigorous research on the protective factors that evolved foster children into healthy and effective adults. Having grown up in the foster care system myself, I struggled with my own challenges ranging from being controlled by fear to overcoming abusive relationships and self-medicating. I believe it is in the transparency of my personal challenges and triumphs that I am solidified as an effective therapist, not solely by my PhD.
As a mental health therapist, public speaker, and life coach (see client feedback at www.capricruz.com), I've assisted thousands of clients in achieving greater awareness of their mind, body, and spirit connection, assisted in identifying the root of their challenges in order to regain personal power through solidifying their desired identity, created action plans to self-correct and resolve inner-conflicts, and helped my clients to identify and achieve their life goals.
My therapeutic approaches include, but are not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Narrative Therapy, Family Systems, Guided Imagery, Stress Reduction, Positive Psychology, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
As a mental health therapist what I've learned is that my greatest gift to my clients is to be non-judgmental in my listening in order to help facilitate healing. I believe people want, and often need, to be heard, validated, cared for, accepted, and assisted with feedback. I believe my clients are the experts of their own lives; and I am their guide. Together we are a team. My job is to provide a safe and trusting environment that will help bring that awareness and confidence into their consciousness to empower their ability to meet their own needs.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties
GA LPC LPC008771
CA LPCC 7086
FL LMHC MH17905
Dr. Cruz has been the first therapist in my healing journey that I've felt genuinely comfortable with. It's not easy for me to open up about certain things, but Dr. Cruz makes it feel easy & natural. I appreciate her insight, humor, and spiritual guidance & support.
Written on Feb 01, 2023 after therapy with Capri for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd
Dr. Cruz is simply excellent. To have the opportunity to speak with a very educated mind like Dr. Cruz is an honor. Dr. Cruz is professional, on time, listens and provides constructive feedback. I greatly look forward to our sessions and receiving her perspective on the challenging issues that I face. She has a warm heart and wants the absolute best for you!
Written on Dec 22, 2022 after therapy with Capri for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Written on Dec 14, 2022 after therapy with Capri for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes
Dr.cruz has truly help me in so many ways grow as an individual in a positive manner. She has inspired me to reach my personal goals, open up my mind to many possibilities, stay positive, self-reflect and give myself some grace. For example, if I am feeling down or tired she reminds me to recognize how I am feeling and that it is completely okay and healthy to do so. Whereas I have had many other therapist make me feel bad about taking time for myself and wanting to do nothing. Dr.Cruz puts a positive perspective on everything and it’s how you look at things. I have not been depressed since having her has my therapist. I have only had about 4 sessions, but I am able to sleep now and be more motivated about reaching goals. I appreciate her spiritual side and different practices such as hypnosis. I was skeptical but it’s been amazing. She is very professional , personable, and respectful of others beliefs. Dr.Cruz seems to be religious and has spoken about god, the Bible, but she does not put her beliefs on me nor makes me uncomfortable. I appreciate that as I am on the fence on where I am at religiously. I am a spiritual person and believe in God but have been on the fence about my religion. Overall, Dr.Cruz is the first therapist that I have connected with and felt as if I’ve actually have been accomplishing things on my life and it does not feel like homework or repetitive. It’s actually useful and feels like we are getting somewhere with bettering my mental health. If you want to overcome obstacles and reach your goals or even try to come up with some to better yourself, then Dr.Cruz is the therapist for you!
Written on Oct 16, 2022 after therapy with Capri for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coaching, and compassion fatigue
Dr. Cruz is a great listener. Her approach is solution-oriented and rational. She often empowers when my mind starts to go into a negative spot. Her guidance often involves using our conscious mind to direct our thinking. Sometimes she'll give me solutions for meditation. I usually do phone sessions with her. I rarely type thoughts out to her but when I do, she'll usually respond within the next day or so. She'll also apologize if she oversteps boundaries, which I respect because therapists are human just like everyone else. After 20 months of working with her, I decided to explore other perspectives with another therapist, but it doesn't mean that Dr. Cruz wouldn't be a fantastic therapist for somebody else. Thank you Dr. Cruz. Glad to have you in my pocketbook of support.
Written on Sep 09, 2022 after therapy with Capri for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties
Dr Cruz is great. she is very easy to talk to and has been helpful in coming up with strategies to cope with the issues that i bring to her.
Written on Jul 09, 2022 after therapy with Capri for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes