Virginia Cruz

(LCSW)
Therapist Virginia Cruz Photo

About Me

"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."
William Shakespeare

We often look outside ourselves to help fill our need to be happier, fuller, and more purposeful. This is often reinforced by society that teaches us that it is the external that we need in order to be fulfilled. One of the main goals I see as a therapist is to help my clients work towards developing a rich and full life by turning the focus to the internal. My approach to therapy is rooted in eastern philosophy and Buddhism, as I believe life is just not about being happy, but embracing life on life's terms, with all of its joys and sorrows, while working on the path towards self-actualization.

I have a background in theatre arts and social work. I graduated in 2011 from the University of Texas where I completed an intensive internship at the counseling and mental health center at UT. I have had training in acudetox (auricular acupuncture), mindfulness practice, neurobiology, couples counseling, trauma, and sex therapy. After graduation I have worked in a various settings including private practice, college counselor, as a counselor at a methadone clinic working with opioid addictions and as a program counselor leading intensive outpatient groups for substance abuse and chemical dependency.

I specialize in the exploration of various topics including chemical dependency, addictions and addictive behaviors, mood disorders, self-esteem, self-compassion, perfectionism, and life transitions, especially new mothers and those embarking on college or career changes.

Relationships are an integral part of what it means to be human. Much of my work is based in relational and attachment theory. As you grow and develop a healthy relationship with yourself, by fostering your own well-being, you also gain tools to build healthier and more vibrant relationships. The therapeutic relationship itself can be one of great value and full of healing potential. This is why I work from a relational perspective, committed to helping bridge what is accomplished in a therapy into the world outside the session.

As a therapist, my work is based on two core concepts: mindfulness and self-compassion. While working in the here-and-now, or present moment, we are able to tolerate and hold onto uncomfortable emotions that we may often push aside as unfavorable or unnecessary, such as anger, sadness, and fear. Through the practice of mindfulness, we can develop more awareness in the present moment as we struggle with these difficult emotions. Self-compassion, the other central concept in my work, focuses on how we may respond to these emotions with loving-kindness for ourselves.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Codependency , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #55275 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

Written by M.E. on Nov 25, 2021 after therapy with Virginia for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and compassion fatigue

Virginia has been so incredibly helpful throughout this process. She is a great listener ad down to earth, offering insights along the way.

Written by K.A. on Oct 11, 2021 after therapy with Virginia for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Virginia has been great! She has helped me so much!

Written by A.L. on Oct 02, 2021 after therapy with Virginia for 2 months on issues concerning addictions

She's amazing!