About me

Hi, my name is Rika Lopez and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 10 years of experience working with adults, couples, and families. I am currently a candidate for CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) where I am learning tools and techniques to work with those who struggle with compulsive and repetitive behaviors such as pornography addiction, infidelity, "hook up" apps, and other sexually impulsive patterns. Not only do I work with individuals who struggle with these sexually acting out behaviors but also partners who have been betrayed or hurt in their romantic relationships/marriages.
As a Christian therapist, I find it also of value to work with faith based clients who feel immense guilt and shame due to their sexual addictions. Sadly many churches do not offer a safe environment for people struggling with sexual addiction to be heard, noticed, or even counseled. This is such a tragic reality.
My hope and prayer is that many spiritual communities will begin to expose themselves to real issues and start having difficult conversations with their congregation so people will not silently suffer and drown in their loneliness and isolation. There are tangible and practical resources to help you with your sexual addiction. Let's begin this new journey today! You are not alone in this. You are seen, you are noticed, you are heard. Allow me to walk alongside you so that we can begin to unfold your pain and hurt and get the help that you need!
Aside from sex addiction clients, my work with those who suffer from depression, anxiety, and trauma have allowed me to gain further insight into their world which thus helped me become more effective in providing tools and techniques into their day to day functioning. Thru my approach of CBT, Attachment based, and Systems theory, let's get to the bottom of these cycles and patterns you are dealing with.
Therapy is a process so there are no quick fixes or changes that happen over night but I guarantee you that as you stay focused and committed, you will begin to see incremental changes in your life. Let's do this already! ONE DAY AT A TIME!! I believe in you!


Specialties

  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Multicultural Concerns , Sex Addiction

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

CA LMFT 105880


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Rika Lopez. 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 on Jan 04, 2021 after therapy with Rika for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

This was my first time trying counseling and I am glad I got matched with Rika. She is an amazing listener and helped me feel comfortable right away. I feel like she really takes the time to understand the point of my long rants. She is very good at sifting through all of the information i give her and focusing on particularly important points. I am very grateful for her.

Written on Nov 18, 2020 after therapy with Rika for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Rika listens patiently and offers excellent insight. She's super easy to talk to, as well! I have occasionally cried during our sessions and still felt 100% supported and heard. She's also great with scheduling and accommodating communication needs :)

Written on Sep 08, 2020 after therapy with Rika for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

Rika has really helped me blossom and affirm my self worth and it’s making big differences in my day to day life. With the growing confidence that I’ve gained through counseling, I have the energy to do my best in life and not be so harsh with myself.

Written on Aug 27, 2020 after therapy with Rika for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and c

Rika is understanding and I’ve only had one session so far and it was kind of rushed but she is good at what she does. I appreciate her. I’ve recommended her to all my friends.

Written on Apr 30, 2020 after therapy with Rika for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

Rika is very good at listening and giving amazing feedback! She’s an amazing support system and trustworthy. I am very pleased and happy I get to speak to her.

Written on Apr 19, 2020 after therapy with Rika for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life c

Listens well and validated my feelings. She gives me good advice!

Written on Jan 09, 2020 after therapy with Rika for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and anger management

I appreciate her patience and support.

Written on Oct 24, 2019 after therapy with Rika for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Rika has been so understanding, patient, and kind to me. I feel so comfortable and safe talking with her, and she gives me really good reflections and advice to help me move forward. By taking notes and reviewing past sessions, I feel extremely confident in seeking help and guidance from Rika. So grateful for her!

Written on Jul 17, 2019 after therapy with Rika for 9 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Rika helped me while I was scared about questioning my faith and what others would think. She helped me with reassurance and not feeling alone. We also worked together on anxiety with confrontation and I was able to push past the fear and come out on the other side.

Written on Sep 14, 2018 after therapy with Rika for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related

I would highly recommend Rika Lopez. She would be the one to reach out to me first and ask how I’m doing or feeling. She also prays with me after the session and offers to pray for me even when we’re not in session. I feel like she understands me and what my concerns are. She helped me a lot.

Written on Sep 11, 2018 after therapy with Rika for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Rika has been such a tremendous help! I went into therapy a little nervous & doubtful of what it could do for me, but Rika has made therapy an amazing experience. She’s is a great listener, very helpful and gives great advice! I highly recommend Rika to anyone who needs help.

Written on Aug 29, 2018 after therapy with Rika for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Rika has been very helpful. She is attentive to my needs and always has advice to offer. I am very happy with our sessions so far and look forward to continue to grow with her help.

Written on Jul 09, 2018 after therapy with Rika for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and anger

After my first few interactions with Rika, I was so pleasantly surprised at the level of professionalism, insightfulness, thoroughness, honesty and guidance I received. I was in a crisis situation and i felt she met me where I was, and was such a source of wisdom and hope. I was SO grateful I found this website and specifically RIKA!!! She is so highly competent and I can’t thank her enough for being there for me during one of the hardest seasons of my life. There is hope where there was once a bleak outlook and hopelessness. For that I sincerely thank you!

Written on Jul 06, 2018 after therapy with Rika for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, and parenting

Rika Lopez is extremely knowledgeable, a wonderful listener and has A wonderful way to share with you exactly what you need to hear- even if it is firm. She has been a tremendous help!

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