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Dr. Paula Alvarez, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Anger management Bipolar disorder Depression
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About me

Greetings! I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the states of California, Illinois, 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
Stress, Anxiety Trauma, Abuse Anger management Bipolar disorder Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, 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, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Postpartum Depression, 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), Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

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License information

CA LCSW 19790

IL LCSW 149.023704

MO LCSW 2016036974

Reviews

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Dr Alvarez is kind, responsive, and a good listener. I appreciate her approach to therapy and depth of experience. She's helping me get a better sense of what i need to do to feel better.

Written on Jul 05, 2024 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Resourceful!

Written on Jul 03, 2024 after therapy with Paula for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Dr. Alvare's is a kind and caring person. Her insights are spot on and she responds very quickly.
She has already helped me a great deal. I have gained confidence and know that I am not alone.
I especially enjoy the journal excercises.

Written on Jul 01, 2024 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

super empathetic and patient

Written on Jun 18, 2024 after therapy with Paula for 5 months on issues concerning self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Dr. Alvarez is amazing. I’ve only had a few sessions with her but I can already see the progress. I feel so comfortable with her

Written on Jun 11, 2024 after therapy with Paula for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and bipolar disorder

Very good

Written on Jun 05, 2024 after therapy with Paula for 3 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, anger management, coping with life changes, and coaching