Hello, my name is Dina Velazquez and I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently living on the east coast. I have over ten years experience as a therapist, in both the Community Mental Health model and doing clinical assessments for a health insurance carrier. I earned my Master's degree in Counseling at Pacifica Graduate Institue in Carpinteria, CA. My experience includes working with individuals with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, and substance use issues.
My approach is client centered while also incorporating the use of other skills including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, solution focused and some Cognitive Behavioral therapies. I feel that each of our experiences are unique, and may require different avenues to attain wellness.
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Physical Disabilities, Coping with life changes
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Isolation / Loneliness, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
NC LMFT 2510
CA LMFT 102426
Dina is a wonderful practitioner! I was extremely nervous to start therapy sessions at the beginning, because I was always fearful of judgement and my tendency to clam up when conversations got difficult. I have been consistently attending sessions with Dina for the last several months and I know her to be a kind, compassionate listener. She creates a judgement free space to work things out in and her questions are thoughtful and empathetic. I often consider the things we talk about in our sessions for a long time afterwards, and I know that it has helped me get a better read on where my emotions come from.
Written on Mar 03, 2021 after therapy with Dina for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem