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Lu Rocha, MA, MSW, LCSW, RYI (Founder)

Lu is a bilingual Spanish speaking trauma therapist. Her professional experience includes more than twenty years of counseling, organizing, activism, and advocacy within the Latinx community and other marginalized communities. Lu identifies as a Latina with indigenous roots, first born generation in the United States, a proud daughter of a Brazero. She is the founder of Multicultural Consulting Services, a for-profit business dedicated in helping institutions make their services accessible to everyone. 

 

Lu is dedicated in addressing trauma from a cultural perspective, while using methods that are evidence-based and trauma-informed. She works with clients from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and has experience in providing services to youth who have experienced and/or witnessed family and community violence. Her professional aspiration is to support the growth of providers of color in the mental health field so that communities of color can have more options in obtaining services that align to their cultural beliefs and values.  

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Tamara Fermaint, Biller/Community Liaison

Tamara Fermaint has been in the health care field for over 30 years as a registered dental hygienist. She has experience in providing patient care services in hospitals, private practice, and community settings.

 

She brings with her a commitment to advocate for individuals living with mental health illness, LGBTQ community members, people affected by homelessness, and children with learning disabilities, obtain quality services and support. 

Tamara is excited to join Lu Rocha Counseling Service as their new insurance biller and care coordinator.

  

Andrea Martinez Cabrera, M.A, Psychotherapist

Andrea is a bilingual Spanish speaking therapist. She identifies as an immigrant Latina, born and raised in two cultures: El Salvador and the United States. Andrea’s education includes dual undergraduate concentration in psychology and health administration and earning a master’s degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Latinx Mental Health. 

 

Andrea is passionate and dedicated about working with the immigrant and Latinx community. Growing up as an immigrant in the United States, Andrea experienced the culture shock, the ambiguous loss, acculturation issues, and defining who she was within a dominant culture. Thus, as a therapist, Andrea’s approach to therapy is to create a safe place for people to feel that they are at home and that they are not alone in their own personal journey in life to address any intergenerational trauma, acculturation issues, migratory grief and loss, and racial and sexual/gender identity. Being vulnerable can be overwhelming and scary, and as your therapist, Andrea is there to walk with you by implementing alternative therapy styles such as cultural practices, rituals, and traditions within the therapy room that as an individual you already have in place. 

 

Andrea has experience in working with individuals of all ages and within the Latinx and immigrant communities. Her experience includes working with individuals, couples, and families mainly within a community mental health center in managing a variety of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder to name a few.  Andrea utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches; including psychodynamic approaches, relational-cultural theory, object relations theory, art therapy, play therapy, and CBT but focuses on finding the appropriate theory approach for the individual.

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Nikiya Pruitt, LCSW, Psychotherapist

In a society filled with checkboxes, performances, and expectations, oftentimes we can start to feel overwhelmed, depleted, and left alone to feel like we don’t have much to offer or give.  We find ourselves questioning our worth, purpose, and existence, while still trying to live up to societal expectations. Why me?  Why wasn’t I good enough? Who am I? All of life’s hurts and disappointments can make us feel like we are just surviving and not living or that even in a crowded room of our loved ones, we still feel alone.  Where do we go from here?

 

Working in the social service field for more than 10 years, as a therapist, I offer a warm, affirming, and non-judgmental approach to help all those in need, feel welcomed, safe, and valued. I specialize in working with individuals who have a hard time managing their anxiety, grief, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, gender identity, HIV/AIDS, stigma, relationship issues, family conflicts, and suicidal ideations using the following approaches:

·         Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

·         Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

·         Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

·         Holistic Psychotherapy

·         Journal Therapy

·         Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

·         Motivational Interviewing

·         Person-Centered Therapy

·         Psychodynamic Therapy

·         Rational Emotive Therapy (REBT)

·         Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

 

Furthermore, as a therapist with a unique style and therapeutic approach, I enjoy helping individuals find comfort and strength in their spirituality along with exploring alternative therapy styles we can utilize both in and outside of sessions. Together, we will work on strategies that will allow you to address the root causes of your stress, identify your strengths, all while helping you build meaningful social connections through community support.

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JoAn Vargas-Herzfeldt

JoAn is a bilingual Spanish-speaking therapist. Her educational background includes undergraduate studies in psychology and intercultural communication with a Latin American focus. She earned her master’s degree in Social Work with a Mental Health concentration from the Jane Addams School of Social Work.
She is a Certified Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC). While she enjoys working with diverse populations, the bulk of her experience comes from working with the Latinx community members, the military, and individuals struggling with substance use. She also enjoys working with women navigating the challenges of motherhood. Her experience comes from working in programs such as Women Infants and Children (WIC), Healthy Families of Illinois, and postpartum depression programs.

Her approach to therapy is solution-focused and goal-oriented, collaboratively creating treatment plans for change. Her intentions as a therapist are to create a non-judgmental and safe environment where she can support self-efficacy to promote behavioral change by incorporating motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and solution-focused therapy, while utilizing strength-based strategies and the principles of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). She helps her clients manage their
symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, addiction, and make positive behavioral changes.

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Briana Wright, LSW

Briana is an advocate and therapist. Her professional experience includes 20 years of serving young children, adolescents, and communities, including providing home visiting services, training and technical assistance, and counseling.  Briana has provided professional development training on working with schools, substance abuse prevention, and supporting trauma impacted families, engaging community leaders, youth, and volunteer development.

 

As a therapist, Briana wants to collaborate by listening to concerns and challenges, while establishing a healthy rapport. Through these conversations, she hopes to cultivate a consistent and honest dialogue. Collectively, with the individual, Briana creates a space of safety and trust. She employs a blend of therapeutic approaches, which includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Strength-Based, and Reality, to yield a more holistic approach to achieving your goals and desired outcomes.

 

She has experience in providing support to individuals experiencing challenges with anxiety, anger management, depression, grief, healthy-relationship management, life management and post-traumatic stress. Briana has a desire to assist individuals in the process of self-discovery, empowerment and development of strategies that improve your mental and spiritual health.

Lu's Method of Therapy

Lu prefers to provide therapy from a strength-based approach. This form of therapy emphasizes a person’s self-determination and strengths. It is a philosophy and a way of viewing a client as resourceful and resilient in the face of adversity. To help clients improve their mental health, Lu utilizes diverse inclusive therapy (DIT), which includes talk therapy and other modalities that have been proven to be effective and beneficial.

 

DIT includes:

  • Talk therapy

  • Breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga, which are proven to improve one’s mental health. And as a registered yoga instructor (RYI), trained in therapeutic yoga, Lu teaches her clients how to use these tools to better manage anxiety, anger and other overwhelming emotions and sensations. 

  • Understanding how trauma and anxiety effects the body, brain, and one’s overall health is important; therefore, Lu teaches her clients how the effects manifests within the body.

  • Lu believes that having a spiritual practice is important in one’s healing, so when appropriate, Lu addresses spirituality in her therapy sessions. This may include conversations on connecting with one’s ancestors, practicing traditions or rituals, smudging etc.  

  • Historical trauma (HT) is an emotional and psychological wounding experienced by a group/community across generations and within one's lifespan. When appropriate, Lu believes it is important to explore how historical trauma is currently affecting one’s mental and physical health.

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