Bilingual Couples and Family Intern

ValentinaValues and Philosophy

I believe that every person is seeking acceptance and love from others. Life is meaningful when we connect with others. So, why is it so hard to navigate through relationships? As a Couples and Family Therapist, my goal is to build bridges between individuals.

My cultural background as a Mexican woman currently living in the U.S. has given me a better understanding of what minorities struggle with every day. Although each person has a different story, the obstacles and experiences each faces when categorized as "different" can have similarities. Helping my clients find the values of being unique is, in my opinion, an essential part of the therapeutic process.

Therapy
In therapy, I engage with my clients in conversations where we explore their identity and help them make sense of their story in ways that assist them to have a deeper understanding of themselves and their surroundings.
I work with individuals, couples, and families to understand how their culture, race, social class, gender, and family background have shaped their lives and help them explore and navigate the impact that other relationships have on their lives.

When it comes to therapy, I am transparent and straightforward in giving feedback to my clients, which means that I share with my clients my thoughts and understanding of their situation.
During the first couple of sessions, I am actively asking questions to get a better understanding of my client's experiences, and after a few sessions I take the back seat and let the clients lead the way. I become an active listener that intervenes when it is pertinent. After all, I believe clients are the experts in their lives.

Education and Experience

I am currently a second-year student at Adler University working on obtaining my Master's degree in Couples and Family Therapy. I hold a BA in Psychology, which I earned from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
I've had the opportunity of working in a variety of settings such as hospitals, schools, community centers, jails, etc. I learned that everything makes sense when we take a look at the context. Meaning that people act according to their unique situation, when making changes it is helpful to take a look at revolves around the person, for example, family, culture, friends, etc.

Range of Focus

Latino and Spanish-Speaking
Couples and family Therapy
Individual Therapy
Multicultural Issues
Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Development
Anxiety, Stress, and Depression
LGBTQ
Women’s Issues
Trauma
Adjustment to life transitions

Contact Information
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1300 W. Belmont Ave. Suite 400

Chicago

IL

60657

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773.880.1310 ext. 7899