Hi! I am Taina Aceves, a bilingual (Spanish and English) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#116485).
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Chula Vista, CA
I have been practicing CBT since 2003, as well as received training for CBT, including trauma-focused CBT treatment . My practice of therapy is mainly based on CBT, drawing from other modalities as is fitting for each individual client.
I have worked with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds from the beginning of my career in 2003, and it is something that will always be of high value to me. I have been fortunate to always have had supervisors that focused on being culturally sensitive and from them, I learned the importance of viewing each individual and their mental health needs within the context of their own culture, while being careful to adapt my treatment to be culturally responsive to my clients.
I have years of experience in treatment of PTSD, and provide trauma-informed care. I have been trained for providing trauma informed CBT and have worked with populations including domestic violence survivors and human trafficking survivors, as well as clients coping with other traumas. I believe that having support as we navigate trauma is essential for being able to overcome it.
I believe that anxiety is a normal part of being human. It is actually useful in many ways. However, there is a line that can be crossed, where it goes from being helpful to limiting, and even harmful. I have been supporting clients as they learn to understand, manage, balance and cope with anxiety for many years.
Sometimes, we encounter unforeseen and unfortunate changes or events in our lives. Adjusting is sometimes easier, and at other times, we need additional support. Learning to live with chronic pain or illness is one of the times when people may need help, and I am able to support clients in learning to understand pain, manage it, and cope with the physical symptoms and emotional distress that many times accompanies it.
Depression is a mental health condition that can at times be difficult to identify. Even more difficult is to cope with it, or change it. Since the beginning of my work as a therapist, I have been helping and supporting clients who are experiencing depression due to varying reasons. There are things we can do to help ourselves feel better, and improve or eliminate the symptoms. I help my clients learn about depression and together, we identify tools that may be helpful to them.
I have extensive experience supporting survivors of Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence, and I am also a certified Domestic Violence Counselor. My services are trauma informed.