About My Clients
My clients come to me because they are tired of holding back in their relationships, and they’re finally ready to create an identity where they can confidently be their authentic selves... with everyone in their lives. We work together to identify and build upon their strengths, so they can find creative ways to make their life feel more like their own. I am inspired by watching clients become empowered through the therapeutic process, as they build new skills their self-confidence grows.
My Background and Approach
My therapeutic approach is very much client-led and solution-focused. I've worked with clients of all ages who are experiencing grief/loss, anxiety, depression, identity conflicts and cultural issues. I do both talk therapy and art therapy. Specialities: Cultural Identity Issues (2nd Generation, immigrant families), Filipino/a/x Cultural Issues/Identity, Grief/Loss (terminal illnesses, break-ups), Life Transitions (parenthood, career, education), Peer Relationships /Attachment styles, Mindfulness based expressive arts therapy (stress and anxiety management), Communication skills/Boundary setting
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I am socially responsible practitioner who practices under a multicultural lens. In my therapy practice, I approach cases with a holistic view, identifying what the intersections of my client's identity, lifestyle and systemic influences are so that we can collaborate on how to manage their mental health. I am a 2nd generation Filipina American and strive to decolonize psychology and westernized viewpoints of counseling. You may read my viewpoints on social justice in the counseling world at the following links: https://arttherapy.org/featured-member-elisha-rio-apilado/ https://arttherapy.org/blog-for-justice-in-solidarity-a-response-to-the-rise-of-aanhpi-violence/ https://arttherapy.org/dei-gallery-elisha-rio-apilado/ https://www.adler.edu/2021/03/11/standing-up-against-violence-toward-asian-americans/