Services I Offer:

Personalized Treatment Catered to your Unique Therapeutic Needs

Online/Tele-health Individual Psychotherapy

I am committed to decreasing the barriers to access through online/tele-health individual psychotherapy. With online therapy, you don't have to worry about rushing in traffic to get to your therapy appointment or wonder when you can make time for an appointment. Connecting online allows you to make the time in the most convenient way because you can connect from the comfort of your home. While online therapy can seem intimidating to some, I create an environment that allows us to feel as though we are in an in-person setting. I use secure HIPAA compliant software that makes online sessions very easy to access. You are sent a link, click it, and we are instantly connected. 

I am an EMDR Trained Therapist, I do perform EMDR sessions online using specialized EMDR software to create the bilateral stimulation. This approach allows us to reprocess negative cognitions just as if we were in the counseling room. 

Individual Psychotherapy - Children/Teens/Adults (In-Home/In-Office)

We all experience a little depression or a little anxiety within our life. It's normal to have these feelings. But when these feelings are so intense that they start impacting the way that we are living our lives, this is where therapy can help. While stressors can be present due to traumatic experiences that you have gone through, they don't have to live with you forever. Exploring them from an empathetic standpoint can help you feel guided and heard through your therapeutic process of healing.


I use various evidence-based practices and modalities based on your needs. While EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is my first therapeutic approach, I pair it with talk therapy and bring in mindfulness, CBT, and the body to help reprocess your experience. 

For Teens: I utilize a unique Mindfulness treatment modality that is focused on reducing stress and incorporating mindfulness techniques to allow them to feel focused and present. Within my approach, we work on building confidence, social skills, decrease procrastination, and help with impulsivity. EMDR can be used as well depending on need. 

For Children: With children I use mindfulness and/or CBT techniques to establish coping skills to decrease triggers based on the reasons for treatment. TF-CBT and EMDR can be used with children as well. 


Please note: EMDR may not be appropriate for everyone and this will be further explored to determine the best therapeutic approach for you.  

Parent/Child Program

I enjoy working with children and parents to create a parent/child program focusing on their families unique needs and circumstances. I am trained in two levels within Triple P (Positive Parent Program), a worldwide and highly researched evidence based practice that focuses on encouraging good behaviors while taking care of yourself as a parent. 


Within my approach, I assess your needs as a family, explore the problematic behaviors, and pair specific interventions that are proven to help. The goal within each session is to work together to equip parents with the skills to tackle difficult behaviors outside of the therapy session so that the new skills become the new norm. 

Parent/Child Programs are typically 12-15 weeks depending on need, and at times can be extended longer if additional stressors present themselves. This program along incorporates a consultation check-in between sessions as needed, as an additional support. 

*Please note, Parent/Child Program - Online, will not incorporate child participation. This will be a coaching approach. No consultation check-in between sessions.  

Dr. Matt Sanders, Clinical Psychologist and creator of Triple P states: "After decades working with families around the world, he says parents everywhere have similar goals—they want healthy, happy children, they want a little less stress, and they are relieved when they are given a few tips to make those goals happen more quickly and easily." - My hope is that we can do the same.

Victims of Crime

I work directly with CalVCB - California Victims of Crime. The California Victim Compensation Board is a state program dedicated to providing reimbursement for many crime-related expenses to eligible victims who suffer physical injury or the threat of physical injury as a direct result of a violent crime. 

I utilize trauma focused treatment (TF-CBT) and EMDR to help you reprocess complex trauma due to a violent crime. My aim is to provide a safe environment that allows you to thrive despite the trauma that you experienced.  

Services are offered in home or in office depending on the nature of the crime.

Immigration Psychological Evaluations

​I partner with local immigration offices to provide extensive and thorough psychological evaluations based on the client's needs.


Evaluations can be done in-home/in-office if you are within Los Angeles or Orange County or via telehealth in other areas of California or New York state. 

  • U-Visa

  • T-Visa

  • Extreme Hardship Waiver

  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

  • Asylum

*Please note that current clients needing an evaluation will be referred out to another psychotherapist for completion of the assessment/evaluation. 

 
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Treatment Modalities Used:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Acute Traumatic Incident Processing (A-TIP)

  • Critical Incident Desensitization (CID)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Trauma Focused Treatment (TF-CBT)

  • Mindfulness (MBSR-T)

  • Seeking Safety

  • Triple P Parenting (Level 4 & 5)​

 

My Specialities 

Include:

  • Women's Issues

  • Individuals experiencing Life Transitions

  • Stress Management 

  • Depressive Symptoms

  • Parent/Children Relationships

  • Stressed Teens

  • Substance Use

  • PTSD & Complex Trauma

 

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment approach that has been widely validated by research to treat post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, phobias, anxiety disorders, sexual and physical abuse, disturbing memories, additions, and complicated grief.  


EMDR is a late‐stage trauma resolution modality that currently has more scientific research for treatment of trauma than any other non‐pharmaceutical intervention.  EMDR has proven to be an efficacious and rapid method of reprocessing traumatic material.  Research on other applications of EMDR is now in progress.

EMDR is a simple but efficient therapy using bilateral stimulation (BLS) ─ tapping, auditory tones or eye movements ─ to accelerate the brain's capacity to process and heal a troubling memory. BLS, which occurs naturally during dream sleep, causes the two brain parts to work together to reintegrate the memory. Some clients experience relief or positive effects in just a few sessions. EMDR is effective in alleviating trauma-related symptoms, whether the traumatic event occurred many years ago or yesterday. It gives desired results –with little talking, without using drugs, and requires no “homework” between sessions.

 
 

Patricia Alvarado, LPCC, LMHC

323-250-2449

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