Get to Know Me

My Background and Approach

My experience comes from various schools of thoughts, through a multicultural lens that includes Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Treatment utilizing a strengths-based approach.

I am a licensed professional clinical counselor in the state of California and a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York. I received my Master's of Arts in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University in California and have extensive training in crisis intervention and trauma treatment working with Victims of Crime, within community mental health agencies, and private practice.

I explore situations in the here and now in order to provide a listening ear to understand your needs. I have experience working with women's issues, relationships, crisis intervention, trauma focused treatment, anxiety, depression, mindfulness, substance abuse, and parenting. My areas of expertise include exploring trauma as well as parent/child relationships. Each can be unique on their own or intertwined together as trauma (generational, etc.) can have an affect in the way that we parent. My work aims to understand the underlying concerns that are causing stressful situations and mal-adaptive behaviors. Through active listening, approaching things with empathy, and from a non-judgmental standpoint, my hope is that we can work together to help create trust within the therapeutic relationship.

The experiences that I have gained volunteering on the Suicide Prevention Hotline, various shelters in Los Angeles including the Downtown Women's Shelter, and my experience within community/mental health allow me to offer various perspectives and see things from a different lens. This creates an opportunity for creative interventions that allow us to truly experience change within the therapeutic relationship. 



Trainings & Techniques

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Acute Traumatic Incident Processing (A-TIP)

  • Critical Incident Desensitization (CID)

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Positive Parenting Strategies (Triple P)

  • Incredible Years for Children and Families 

  • Seeking Safety 

  • Brief Response to Crisis (BRC/CORS)/Crisis Oriented Recovery Services

  • MBSR-T/Stressed Teens Mindfulness Program

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

  • Problem Solving Treatment (PST) for Depression

  • Motivational Interviewing

Professional Practice

  • Clinical Supervisor with Beacon Health Options

  • Counselor with The College of Westchester

  • Clinical Therapist with Crespo Mental Health

  • Lead Clinical Therapist at USC's Violence Intervention Program 

  • Clinical Therapist with Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services

  • Psychotherapist with California Victims of Crime Program

  • Counselor on the Suicide Prevention Hotline

  • Private Practice


Patricia Alvarado, LPCC, LMHC


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