Christian Cruz-Ayala

(MA, LMHC)

About Me

Hello. My name is Christian Cruz-Ayala. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I have been in the helping profession for over 5 years. This is a journey that has been personally and professionally rewarding. It has much growth to me as an individual in my personal life as well as in my professional life.

I graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. I then pursue a Masters in Counseling at Webster University. I have gained experience working in a crisis unit, working in inpatient substance abuse treatment. I then gain employment at a local methadone clinic where I have been providing counseling services to individual with an opiate addiction. Later on I began my journey in working with children, adolescents/teenagers, young adults and parents, which has now become my passion.

I am one who believes the philosophy that life is a journey rather than a destination. I'm a huge believer that life throws many things at us through our journey, but what is more important is how we respond to life rather than what it throws at us. This Cognitive Behavioral approach is the same approach that I take when it comes to counseling. I use an eclectic approach, utilizing theories and teachings from all psychology teachings to help the individual respond well to life. I like to teach clients how to manage their own symptoms with the help of coping skills and give them the tools to help them. I’m a strong believer that whatever you put into this world is what you will get out of it.

I want to help you define what it is to be you and how you can make a change in your own life to better yourself. I want to be a bridge on your journey of life to help you get to the destination that you desire.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • LGBT
  • Family conflicts
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Coaching , ADHD , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LMHC #MH 17195 (Expires: 2021-03-01)


Reviews

Written by T.A. on Sep 15, 2020 after counseling with Christian for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Christian is a really great counselor. He is diligent in his approach to helping his clients. He helped me tap into perceptions of my situation I had not previously considered on a conscious level. Grateful to have the chance to work with him!

Written by M.I. on Dec 09, 2019 after counseling with Christian for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Christian is really helpful.