Paola Tarragona

(LMHC)

About Me

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida. I earned my Master's degree from Springfield College, and my Bachelor of Psychology from Florida State University. I have experience working with adults, adolescents, and children with different backgrounds, ethnicities and religious. I also have experience working with couples and families over the years. I believe that the main focus in therapy is to first establishing a good therapeutic alliance with the client because having good relationship helps facilitate effective counseling and provides the best results. I also focus in providing a safe space to allow my clients to speak freely in a nonjudgmental environment. In therapy, I allow my client to take control during session by letting my client lead the therapy, I meet my client where they are at while I stay present, actively listening, open-minded and guide my client as needed. I believe that each of my clients have the ability to overcome anything they set their mind too but sometimes we need a little guidance, encouragement and support and that’s why I believe therapy is for everyone.

I am an eclectic therapist, using approaches/techniques fitting to the needs of each individual client. My counseling style combines but not limited to empowerment based, solution focused, Cognitive behavioral, Strength based approaches to help individuals achieve their goals. I like also to help the clients build coping skills, identify triggers, early warning signs, work on awareness and create an action plan as part of treatment goals. We work collaboratively in creating these treatment goals to help the client reach their potential during therapy.

I appreciate you taking the time to reach out for help and it takes a lot of courage to take the step you are taking. I want you to know that you are not alone and myself included, have felt this way at one point or another. I will like to explore with you more about your feeling, self awareness, create some coping skills and guide you to create an authentic life by finding a sense of life balance and personal empowerment. I would be honored to set up a meeting with you to talk more and focus on the next step to achieve your goals. You deserve to feel better!
I am bilingual, I speak fluently Spanish and can provide counseling if you prefer in spanish.

Certifications:
Motivational Interviewing Certification
Advocate Core/ Domestic Violence Abuse training Certification
Nurturing Parenting Program Certification
Wellness Recovery Action Plan certified.
Adoption Competent certified
Human trafficking certification
Effective communication certification
Verbal De escalation certification
Co- Occurring Disorders Certification
Cultural Sensitivity Training certification
Trauma Informed Care Certification


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Career difficulties

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Depression

Years of Experience: 4

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LMHC #MH15584 (Expires: 2021-03-31)


Reviews

Written by P.A. on Sep 18, 2019 after counseling with Paola for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

I feel that her exercises have helped me to see topics from a different perspective. It encourages me to want to do more exercises and put words to what I feel and I am living, I am excited about the experience of this therapy.

Written by C.Y. on May 29, 2019 after counseling with Paola for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and parenting issues

Paola it’s an amazing therapist. In my journey of knowing myself better and defining myself and my past traumas she has been the best counselor and even knowing that I still have a lot to do and know, I know I have the best person on my side. She responds to my messages very quickly and it’s very nice and relax to talk to her, it’s like talking to an old friend.

Written by J.O. on Apr 29, 2019 after counseling with Paola for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and anger management

Starting with betterhelp really helped me as I worked through major life changes. Paloa always listened and knew that's what I needed the most. I am thankful to have her in my life.

Written by C.H. on Apr 14, 2019 after counseling with Paola for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and adhd

She’s amazing and relates to my situation very much and has giving me a lot of help and support.

Written by A.S. on Dec 28, 2018 after counseling with Paola for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Paola is amazing. She has made this experience wonderful for me. She makes me feel understood and connected. She also tells it like it is and doesn't tell me what I want to hear in a gentle but firm manner. She has a very kind voice and a beautiful spirit. I'm so grateful for the conversations we were able to have. They really helped me A lot!

Written by M.O. on Dec 18, 2018 after counseling with Paola for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Paola listens to you and finds the root of the problem within that session. She helps you look at your problems in a new perspective.

Written by A.I. on Oct 19, 2018 after counseling with Paola for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

A very friendly, caring and understanding counselor. I could not have asked for a better counselor. Really helped me through this tough time of life. I am so touched by the thoughtful attention she gave me . I would like to thank her for taking time to understand the root of my problems. I don't know how I can show the fullness of my gratitude. I will always be grateful for what she has done to me. Thank you so much :)

Written by L.O. on Oct 18, 2018 after counseling with Paola for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Paola has been wonderful to talk with. She has understood my needs and offered lots of support and tools to help me cope better. I'm thankful for her time and care.

Written by D.. on Oct 16, 2018 after counseling with Paola for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

She is a very good listener and she does care. I would definitely recommend her.

Written by P.R. on Oct 13, 2018 after counseling with Paola for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

She is an amazing counselor. I was very new to this. This was my very first counselor. And by the second session, I was very comfortable. Moreover, I think her methods are really going to help me.

Written by I.N. on Aug 24, 2018 after counseling with Paola for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, self esteem, anger, and career

Paola is my first therapist. She has eased me into the process and quickly gained my confidence in her. I feel extremely comfortable talking to her: she is a great listener and gives sound advice. I really admire how she makes me the center of my decisions - always reminding me that ultimately my life is in my hands and her advice is more of a suggestion than an order. She takes a more holistic approach to wellness as opposed to medication which I fully agree with; recommending certain vitamins and food choices to improve my life quality. Im really enjoying working with Paola and I would recommend her to anyone- especially new comers like myself.

Written by D.O. on Jul 13, 2018 after counseling with Paola for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and career

A very kind and gentle lady with a wonderful outlook on life. She is sweet and understanding whilst always trying to help maintain focus on resolutions as apposed to the problems. I'm thankful for her time and am deeply grateful for help.

Written by L.I. on Jun 08, 2018 after counseling with Paola for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating, self esteem, anger, and career

Paola has been very wonderful! Very sweet, and made me feel comfortable very quickly. I am very much looking forward to our future sessions and working together on my goals!

Written by C.Y. on May 26, 2018 after counseling with Paola for 3 weeks on issues concerning self esteem

Paola has been helping me get through my toughest time, she's friendly and professional. She's helping me develop many coping skills, which are very useful and I feel supported with her:)