Hope Torres

(MS, LPC)

About Me

Hello! My name is Hope. I am a mother (in my 40's) of three wonderful children, a US Air Force Veteran, prior law enforcement, and an LPC in Texas. I graduated from Texas A&M University-Central Texas with my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I currently attending Liberty University and have a year left in obtaining my Doctorate of Education in Community Counseling and Care-Traumatology.

I am the Vice President and Director of Counseling of a Veteran nonprofit that works with local law enforcement as a crisis response program to assist them on calls they have with Veterans in mental health crisis. We provide peer support to the Veterans and follow-on support if they request it through meeting at their home, for lunch or coffee, at a gym, or a park for a walk. I have responded to over 20 calls to provide mental health crisis support to Veterans that were suicidal; we are blessed that are continued to live their lives. I do community work with Veterans and foster care families in need with obtaining and providing donated items to prevent mental health stressors related to lack of finances to obtain needed items, such as clothing, furniture, and food.

I worked as a police officer for six years and helped people in many vulnerable situations, especially individuals experiencing crises. I have seen the way things in life can impact individuals. I do understand and accept there are things that happen in life that are outside of society's "norm". I have witnessed people rise from the ashes in life to overcome many hardships, and I was blessed to be a part of some of those moments in their lives. The work opened the door to the many differences in people and how many struggle in the dark when they are not seen as conforming to what is accepted in society. I am able to see what is unseen in words people speak, I can look past the surface to hear and feel things someone might not be able to outright state. My heart is compassionate to all and my mind is opened accepting how each individual is.

My experiences have developed my skills in communication, understanding situations, seeing different sides of issues, examining the depth of issues, obtaining the small details that can be overlooked at stressors, and getting to the heart of what is happening. Everyone experiences some form of trauma in their life and that one moment can cause a ripple effect in development and life, but can be removed as a reason or excuse for certain behaviors through realization in counseling. Individuals are free to express themselves as they need to with me, I do not get offended and understand that not everyone can talk in a "proper" manner when experiencing certain emotions. I ask questions and work to connect-the-dots with clients to bring awareness.

Trauma, depression, PTSD, abuse, and more mental health issues impact people in different ways. I have experienced much trauma in my life, especially my childhood, and I understand how the past can sometimes dictate how we respond to things as adults. But I can attest that there are ways to lift one's self up and grow in life. I understand that life can be unpredictable and people process experiences much different from each other. There is not one way to address things individuals are going through, and I address this in different ways according to the needs of my clients.

I believe in positive support and bringing awareness to situations. PTSD can lead people into dark times within themselves, this is something I am not afraid to enter to help them come back to the light in life. I enter the journey of healing and growth with my clients and help them gain perspectives in their lives that work towards them achieving their goals in counseling. There is no judgment from me with what struggles a person is facing, as my mind is open to seeing we are all different and that is what makes each and every one of us unique.

I have worked with PTSD (combat-related {law enforcement and military}, sexual trauma, physical and mental abuse), depression, anxiety (adults and teenagers), self-esteem struggles, and setting life and career goals.

I adapt my schedule to needs the best I can. What I place on my schedule is not definitive and is tailored as needed. I understand people have jobs and can only talk in evenings and weekends, this are times that I am also available. If there is a list minute need to talk, I will do my best to work that appointment.

I will talk between sessions so you do not have to wait to talk when something comes up. I believe in maintaining connections to my clients and not letting them be alone as they wait. There is an approach I take that is unique and makes communicating relaxing.

Take the next step and let's work together to get you on the path you desire. As a team, we take the walk to overcome obstacles and achieve the goals.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Antisocial Personality , Attachment Issues , Read more...
Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #79383 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Reviews

Written by A.U. on Jan 16, 2021 after counseling with Hope for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She always listens and really helps me gets in a better headspace when things get tough

Written by P.E. on Dec 28, 2020 after counseling with Hope for 4 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Hope as been fantastic in recognizing my problems and helping me in finding solutions

Written by M.E. on Dec 06, 2020 after counseling with Hope for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

I honestly was just talking about Hope today. I think she is the therapist I’ve wanted and NEEDED for years. I am so glad to have someone so understanding, and helpful.

Written by T.O. on Oct 27, 2020 after counseling with Hope for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Best counselor i've ever had. She actually listens to what i have to say and makes me feel comfortable about sharing

Written by A.M. on Oct 19, 2020 after counseling with Hope for 4 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

Hope is amazing

Written by B.L. on Sep 21, 2020 after counseling with Hope for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, and self esteem

Hope knows how to connect very comfortably. I feel like I talking to a friend and can express myself openly.

Written by I.K. on Sep 18, 2020 after counseling with Hope for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Hope is very understanding and offers a ton of real world perspective that isn’t what I’ve found to be common with other councilors I’ve talked to. She’s very friendly and approachable, I’ve never felt judged or crazy with even the most wild things we’ve discussed. Highly recommend!

Written by J.E. on Aug 27, 2020 after counseling with Hope for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

I feel like Hope has been a lifeline. Thank you thank you thank you

Written by S.H. on Jul 28, 2020 after counseling with Hope for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Hope is great! She has a lot of life experience which is something I admire and was looking for on my search for a counselor. She gives me real advice that doesn't sound too textbook. She knew right off the bat what was causing my anxiety and quickly helped me overcome my issues. I really enjoy talking to her even if there's not a whole lot to say, it just feels nice to have an unbiased person to vent to.

Written by K.R. on May 06, 2020 after counseling with Hope for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Hope is amazing and I actually hit the wrong number for how quickly she responds! She has awesome response time and checks in between sessions to see how I’m doing. I couldn’t have picked a better counselor!

Written by K.R. on Apr 20, 2020 after counseling with Hope for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Thank you for all your help. It helped me a lot with my emotional state of mind.

Written by H.A. on Apr 13, 2020 after counseling with Hope for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and career difficulties

Hope and I connected from our very first few messages! She is very personable and truly listens and ensures I feel validated and secure during our chats! I feel very lucky to have been matched with her!

Written by J.O. on Apr 01, 2020 after counseling with Hope for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

She's been amazing at helping me. I like that she kind of gets that I deal with some of these crazy issues and she's given me hope I can overcome them.