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Dr. Paula Alvarez, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and abuse Depression
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About me

Greetings! I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the states of California and Missouri, and I have a doctorate in Organizational Psychology. I have worked in locked and outpatient mental health facilities for the last 30 years. I facilitated group treatment of domestic violence perpetrators in Spanish and English for eight years. I specialize in treating trauma-related symptoms, anxiety and depression, anger management, geriatric well-being, mental health recovery, cultural diversity issues, and self-esteem issues. My doctorate degree (EdD) In Leadership and Learning with a specialization in Organizational Psychology was conferred on May 27, 2021.

I use a client-centered approach (Carl Rogers), and I know that the client is the expert. I tailor my therapy sessions to what the client wants. I used cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with those who like CBT interventions. I offer homework assignments and bibliotherapy for those clients who want those interventions. I also use Brief-Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing techniques.

I invite you to contact me to see if I am a good fit to help and empower you on your journey to better living.

Professional experience

30yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Guilt and Shame, Immigration Issues, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

MO LCSW 2016036974

CA LCSW LCS 19790

IL LCSW 149.023704

Reviews

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A truly empathetic and knowledgeable individual. She validates you while also helping you work towards solutions. The perfect blend. She is emotionally available and real. She's personable in a way that doesn't make the relationship feel too clinical. I would highly recommend her!

Written on Sep 14, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Down to earth and honest!

Written on Sep 06, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 2 years on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, parenting issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Dr. Alvarez has made a huge impact on my life-she’s helped me understand behaviors I have had for years and gives wonderful insight into them. I can’t recommend her enough.

Written on Aug 25, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Paula is incredibly experienced, and is a wonderfully empathetic person. She really understands her client’s needs, and provides insightful, helpful information. I’m happy to work with her!

Written on Aug 20, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She listens and understands !!!!!… she also does so well in understanding my perspective. So professional and friendly at the same time.

Written on Aug 18, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Dr. Alvarez is so kind and supportive…she listens to me and offers her expertise and lets me know I am ok and will be ok…she also provides reading exercises to help with my issues and gives support to me…highly recommended!! Thank you!!

Written on Aug 17, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and anger management