Dr. Paula Alvarez

LCSW

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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Abandonment , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #LCS 19790 (Expires: 2023-12-31)

LCSW #2016036974 (Expires: 2022-09-30)

LCSW #149.023704 (Expires: 2023-11-30)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Paula Alvarez. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by R.Y. on Jun 23, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

She is amazing. Kind, friendly, honest and is a master at what she does. Would recommend her to everyone. Thank you!

Written by K.I. on Mar 17, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I’m only 3 sessions into this and I already have learned so much about why I do what I do. She is a wealth of information and has recommended some excellent books to help me.

Written by L.E. on Mar 15, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Paula has been there for me and understood my struggles and helped me step by step.

Written by K.A. on Feb 23, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, anger management, and coping with life changes

Dr. Alvarez is amazing. She has helped me so much in just the little time that I have been seeing her. She asks the perfect questions and is a great listener. I always get excited to talk to her.

Written by T.A. on Jan 28, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 3 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse

Dr Alvarez is experienced, empathetic, forward moving when dealing with CPTSD and childhood sexual abuse trauma issues. She is able to support me both as a survivor and as an organizer of a peer support group of my own. She understands te issues on a deep level and is able to help me come to new realization for myself.

Written by W.I. on Jan 24, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Paula was (and is) excellent. She helped me tackle my issues head on and was an invaluable resource. I’m so much better off than I was before working with her, and I cannot recommend her services enough!

Written by I.S. on Dec 29, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

I think therapy is an ongoing journey and taking the small tips and advices makes a big difference. thank you for helping me take on this journey! much grace

Written by D.A. on Dec 02, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dr.Alvarez is absolutely incredible! I feel so grateful for a chance to work with her! Both professional and caring, I finally feel like I’m making progress

Written by P.A. on Nov 11, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt

Like her very much

Written by B.R. on Oct 03, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Dr. Alvarez helped me to overcome my struggles related to narcissistic abuse, but what’s more important, is that we went further in our discussions and I could understand thus accept myself better. This way, I stand stronger when it comes to other life challenges as well: I’m more confident, mindful and patient. I accepted myself and that healing takes time, and that the remaining scars are valuable reminders to be proud of.

Written by S.A. on Sep 23, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Paula Alvarez achieves a wonderful balance of approachability and professionalism! This has been my first experience working with a therapist, and that balance has been extremely helpful for me to first feel comfortable with opening up and exploring thoughts/topics that are difficult for me to address, and then feeling genuinely hopeful because the sessions with her are constructive and productive. Whether I'm having good days or bad days, I always look forward to our weekly sessions!

Written by G.I. on Sep 23, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, anger management, coping with life changes, and coaching

Paula is an amazing therapist. Two enthusiastic thumbs up! I'm inspired by her as a woman who keeps learning and growing. Her support and genuine interest in my mental and physical health is priceless. I have so much appreciation for her understanding of my specific needs . Using Betterhelp.com during this unique time in history has enabled me to adjust to our new normal in a healthy and peaceful way. With Paula's support and encouragement, I've been able to level up in my therapy and reach places I never knew possible.

Written by E.L. on Sep 21, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I was always told by people around me how difficult it was to find a good therapist that you feel a connection with, when starting therapy. That you most likely will fall upon a lot of people who don't interact with you, who just seem to scribble on their paper, and who don't make the sessions feel helpful at all. That you'll have to kiss a lot of frigs before you find your therapist prince. That discouraged me from seeking therapy for a long time. But when I tried fir the first through Betterhelp, I was assigned Dr Alvarez. I felt from the very first session that I had found my therapist prince. She's very interactive, you can tell that she listens and cares. I feel heard and even after only 2 sessions, I've been feeling better each time and looking forward to the next one. Anyone would be lucky to be assigned Dr Alvarez as their therapist.

Written by L.I. on Sep 18, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Paula has been a wonderful counselor. She helped me through a difficult breakup and is guiding me through the next phase of my life. We have worked on self-esteem issues, and I've gained various tools to help with creating boundaries and expressing my needs. I look forward to my session each week to gain new insights and share some of my own with her. She is supportive, warm and encouraging. I feel like a different person and am much more confident.

Written by E.M. on Aug 29, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Dr. Alvarez has made me feel listened to and assured that we will work together to help me enjoy life more again without the worries.

Written by S.A. on Aug 19, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 7 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, grief, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. Alvarez has been fantastic to work with. She is an attentive listener, and provides her own input always in an intelligent and appropriate manner. She always helps me see and understand a range of different perspectives on a situation which I may not have been able to see otherwise. This has been crucial to my progress overtime. She genuinely cares about my problems and well being and has provided numerous exercises for me to get on with inbetween sessions and to use on a day to day basis. I am very grateful for her help!

Written by J.E. on Aug 13, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, parenting issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Down to earth and honest, but also approachable. I appreciate that!

Written by M.A. on Aug 11, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Caring and helped me very much during a time of need.

Written by A.N. on Aug 09, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Alvarez has helped me identify and realize things within my life that affects my self-confidence and trust within others. She's a great listener and helps me come to realizations that are helpful for my self-esteem. She's truly great!

Written by B.E. on Aug 03, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Dr. Paula is a warm-hearted expert. She is considerate and patient.

Written by C.L. on Jul 30, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and adhd

I've only had two sessions with Paula so far, but I could tell from the outset that she was going to give me the support I so badly needed. Paula really listens, and her feedback is thoughtful and often challenging - something I'm happy to receive as it's delivered in such a compassionate way.

I appreciate the fact that Paula openly shares her own past struggles with mental health, so I know she understands from more than just an intellectual perspective. She checks in with me via the BetterHelp platform with kind messages and helpful bits of information, something I really had not expected when I signed up to the app.

Although Paula lives in the US and I am in London, I feel so fortunate to have connected with someone who just gets it. I know this process will never be a quick fix, but it helps SO much to know there's a person out there who understands and doesn't judge.

If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, insomnia or a related condition, I can not recommend Paula more highly. All the glowing testimonials from her former clients are true. Thank you Paula and thank you BetterHelp for connecting us across continents!

Written by K.R. on Jul 19, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Dr. Alvarez positive smile and attitude won my heart right the way. She is caring and patient friend - Paula, who listens to you carefully and presents solutions to your worries right the way. Been having sessions with Dr. Paula Alvarez for some time already and feeling improvement. Thank you BetterHelp and Dr. Alvarez! Wish you all the best in your continuous success!

Written by M.A. on Jul 19, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Great counselor

Written by D.A. on Apr 28, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning grief, and coping with life changes

Paula is indispensable. Not only does she genuinely care about me, providing great insight based on many years of experience, but she is also able to provide advice and ideas on a whole range of subjects. As a new parent, I have particularly found her insights on early years development, parenting and family relationships to be really great.

Written by E.L. on Apr 20, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Since the very first meeting we had, Paula made comfortable and it felt like speaking with a friend.
I appreciate her encouraging and supportive approach to everything I was struggling with.
Her approach to the problems I had were focusing on the "how-to" of dealing with them.
I definitely will rely on her for future therapy.

Written by A.Y. on Apr 20, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

Paula is incredible. I still cant believe how much my life has improved emotionally in the time since I’ve met her. I started therapy as a last resort after having trouble getting through the day emotionally. Today, I feel back to being myself and feel excited for the future! Paula takes the time to listen, and understand your anguish, and always has a multitude of tools to help you feel better. I cannot thank Paula enough and highly recommend her.

Written by C.H. on Apr 16, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Paula is not only an amazing person to work with but she is an amazing person in general. She made me feel so safe and made me realize there is nothing wrong with me. She is always here to listen and offer good advice. Her methods are so useful and she never makes me feel guilty or judge me. She is a professional and an amazing spirit. Working with her has been a blessing and I am so grateful for her. Thank you so much Paula

Written by T.R. on Apr 14, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Paula has helped me come so far in battling my demons and moving past my trauma. She is so honest and supportive!

Written by B.R. on Mar 25, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning coaching

Paula has been amazing. This was my first time doing therapy, and it's so far proven to be very nice to have

Written by M.I. on Mar 16, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Paula is so wonderful and caring. She is really helping me get through a difficult time. She is very professional and listens to my needs/concerns. Paula gives me activities and readings that have encouraged me to understand myself better. I’m so thankful for her support.

Written by S.A. on Feb 23, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Paula is great! After having gone through a few counsellors on Betterhelp that did not click as well as I had hoped, I got matched with Paula, and she has been amazing. She's very attentive and listens to your concerns and I never feel rushed through our sessions. I highly recommend her.

Written by A.V. on Feb 20, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Paula is a joy to work with. There is no doubt that Paula cares about you and works hard. I did not have high expectations joining this app and surprisingly, she has exceeded my expectations. Paula is considerate, validating and listens deeply to my long winded rants, responding with clear advice and understanding. Working with Paula has been truly rewarding.

Written by S.A. on Feb 09, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 3 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Paula is an excellent therapist and has a tremendous amount of professional and life experience to back it up. I am not as keen to the messaging and phone calls, and Paula always has time for a thorough video session. I have been able to dial in my goals and take concrete steps towards achieving them much thanks for her help. I highly recommend working with her!

Written by B.A. on Jan 14, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

I feel very fortunate because Paula is exactly what I was looking for in a counselor. She's clinically experienced, very perceptive, she has excellent communication skills, helps me set short term goals that are neither too difficult nor too easy, she provides the right amount of support for me, she uses humor (we laugh sometimes) and most of all, she's clearly committed to my success in the counseling process.

Written by U.L. on Jan 06, 2021 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Very caring, understanding, and professional. Thank you!

Written by D.A. on Dec 23, 2020 after therapy with Paula for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Paula is an absolute star! She’s a calm , sympathetic, and active listener, and her gentle manner makes you feel safe and heard. She helped me recognize patterns while reminding me to put myself first.

Written by C.A. on Sep 28, 2020 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and intimacy-related issues

She is lovely, she listens and offers helpful tips on my problems and ways to deal with them.

Written by F.R. on Sep 24, 2020 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

Paula is wonderful. She’s incredibly attentive. She let’s me speak when I need to share but also provides professional insight when appropriate. I feel very comfortable working and talking with Paula.

Written by S.E. on Sep 18, 2020 after therapy with Paula for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Paula takes the time to ask questions and tries to understand her patients thoughts and presents the whole picture, she is very knowledgeable and gives you information you can look and and learn about outside of your sessions. She is very empowering to her patients.

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