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          Stephanie Rose Torres, M.A.

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What would you consider your main specialty?

Women’s Issues strike a chord with me as a therapist, and as a woman. The way adults deal with issues today is fundamentally based on skills or defenses learned during childhood. Therefore, in the counseling room, attachment-based theories inform my practice, as well as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and the mindfulness aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Each client is unique in their relational history; therefore, each person responds to treatment differently. It is important then, to fashion the treatment plan according to the needs of the client.

 

Anger, Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma. In many cases, if a person is having difficulty with any of these, family and peer relationships are also negatively impacted. Therefore, it is important that I also focus on functioning in Relationships.  Increasing awareness of others in relation to the self can inform self-awareness in a profound way.  Increasing self-awareness prepares a person to manage emotions and behavior in healthy ways.

 

 

 

 

Why did you chose that specialty?

Shame, guilt, and trauma have rendered women voiceless across all cultures, ages, socio-economic statuses, and religions. My passion is to journey alongside women in hope for healing, and in hope for strengthening her voice.   

 

 

 

 

What are some signs/symptoms that would indicate a person should see a counselor?

A number of signs and symptoms that would indicate a person should see a counselor include but are not limited to:  a) experiencing unwanted flashbacks of painful events, b) increase of anxiety (i.e. constant worrying, rapid heart rate, difficulty concentrating), c) depressed mood (i.e. low mood/sadness, decreased motivation, energy, desire, c) difficulty managing emotions, d) difficulty in managing problem situations, e) increased conflict in multiple relationships.

 

 

 

 

I am not a Christian, so why should I see a Christian counselor?

My Christian faith fuels my belief for undying hope. Undying hope allows me to walk alongside those who are suffering from hopelessness, from negative core beliefs, and rigid thinking. It is a sacred space to guide others to a perspective of hope for healing and restoration. 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you like to do in your off time?

While working in the helping field, it is important to take time for self-care. What I enjoy most is finding new ways to spend time with family and friends (and if the sun is out, my heart is happy!).

 

 

 

 

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