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Veronica Cruz-Martinez, LMFT

Stress, Anxiety LGBTQ+ Trauma, Abuse Parenting issues Depression
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and New Jersey with over 18 years of experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community, children and adults with trauma history along with those struggling with suicidal ideation and self-harm, parenting issues, anxiety and depression. I have seen firsthand the difference a caring, empathetic, and attentive adult can make in a person’s life and feel honored when that can be me.

For the last 8 years I have worked as a "crisis counselor" and clinician, seeing clients on a regular basis as well as supporting those in and through a crisis. I am able to think quick on my feet and can stay calm in high intensity situations. Throughout this time, I have assessed for safety and danger to self and others due to mental illness and have made determinations as to whether or not someone is in need of psychiatric hospitalization and am certified to make the decision that one needs to enter into a hospital for treatment. On the other side, I have also safety planned with many and have been able to connect people to supports that they need whether it be referrals that fit their current situation, assisting in making a plan to keep them safe and connecting the person to someone whom they feel comfortable with should they be in crisis again.

I believe in treating the mind, body, and soul and understand as well as acknowledge, the importance of a healthy lifestyle and why it is important to utilize all the tools we have (or have yet to find) because we all have the power within us to heal, sometimes we just need some help getting there. I believe in the importance of coping skills and can help you find them or strengthen the ones you already have. This can include meditation, exercise, utilizing crystals or essential oils to help heal and calm oneself, and will seek outside supports when needed.

I am a firm believer in working within my limits as a therapeutic clinician and have no problem offering referrals when necessary. My overall goal is to continue providing the support, offering guidance, and making a difference in the lives of others, using my expertise in trauma informed treatment and having an open mind.

Professional experience

9yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety LGBTQ+ Trauma, Abuse Parenting issues Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Jealousy, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Video
Phone
Live Chat
Messaging

License information

CA LMFT 123817

NJ LMFT 37FI00198400

OR LMFT T2273

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Veronica Cruz-Martinez. 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.

Veronica is knowledgeable and kind. She is a great therapist. I’ve had break throughs and learned so much. Grateful I found Veronica as my therapist.

Written on Mar 05, 2023 after therapy with Veronica for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Veronica is very supportive and understanding!

Written on Sep 27, 2022 after therapy with Veronica for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and career difficulties

Veronica has been very helpful with walking me through some problems that I have had. I appreciate her knowledge and advice. She is very receptive and easy to open up to.

Written on Mar 20, 2022 after therapy with Veronica for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and sleeping disorders

Veronica is excellent! She listens and understands and really cares what you are going through.

Written on Mar 19, 2022 after therapy with Veronica for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Veronica is super down to earth and knows how to listen. I am very happy with how my sessions with Veronica are going.

Written on Mar 11, 2022 after therapy with Veronica for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I am loving having Veronica as my therapist! I feel heard & understand in every way! I am looking forward to continued progress.

Written on Mar 06, 2022 after therapy with Veronica for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd