Hello, my name is Mario, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor currently living in sunny Florida. I have a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I believe that everyone's life has value, and I have definitely found my own meaning working in this field, where I have been fortunate to be able to help many people improve their lives and their approaches to difficult times.
My clinical background is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Existential Therapy, and I also utilize approaches from related therapies include Person-Centered, Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral, and Reality Therapy. If you are curious about what those are, and what might be the best approach for you, don't hesitate to ask!
My approach involves working alongside my clients in discovering what works best for you, celebrating your successes, and non-judgmentally learning from mistakes. I will help you explore the connections between past experiences and current issues, and support you as you confront your past, unhealthy people in your life, or even yourself. I am not shy to talk about past traumas or regrets, and I will not judge you negatively for your past - this is about your future, after all! I do not believe there is a personal problem too small, or too large, to benefit from some good solid counseling.
I only ask that my clients come to me with a strong intention of healing, learning, and working on themselves. I am not here to tell you to get a hobby or write positive affirmations on your mirror (though there is nothing wrong with either of those things). I am here to help you make necessary changes in your life, and I kindly request that you participate in your sessions and messaging on this platform, while also utilizing things we have talked about outside of your sessions. Your time on this platform is valuable, and I plan to help you make it count.
I look forward to working with you and seeing things improve in your life!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
FL LMHC MH16457
Mario is attentive and thorough. He takes the time to allow me to talk, giving only constructive questions and feedback. While also taking the time to break down how my own behaviors are negatively affecting me. I am so grateful to have him as a member of my mental refresh squad, like a warm blanket with a hint of mint and lavender, lol.
Written on Oct 21, 2023 after therapy with Mario for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes
Thought we've only had a therapeutic relationship for a month or so, Mario has been so impactful for me; understanding my goals, implementing them, and making my development the first and foremost aspect of our sessions
Written on Sep 30, 2023 after therapy with Mario for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Mario has been the best therapist I have had thus far. He has been able to respond to my concerns in a professional manner, with empathy, and understanding. He has cultivated a safe space for me to express myself authentically, without fear of judgment or the need to filter or wear any type of social mask. The worksheets and other resources he has shared, have helped me better understand myself and those around me. I have learned how to cope with life’s changes, in a healthier/helpful way. That shit is priceless and I am grateful.
Written on Jan 17, 2023 after therapy with Mario for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger management
I think my counselor Mario is very helpful he has an a tentative listening ear and very compassionate towards myself and my situation great guy
Written on Apr 12, 2021 after therapy with Mario for 2 weeks