Lu Rocha, MA, MSW, LCSW, RYI (Fundadora)
Lu es un terapeuta de trauma bilingüe que habla español. Su experiencia profesional incluye más de veinte años de asesoramiento, organización, activismo y defensa dentro de la comunidad Latinx y otras comunidades marginadas. Lu se identifica como una latina con raíces indígenas, primera generación nacida en los Estados Unidos, orgullosa hija de un Brazero. Es la fundadora de Multicultural Consulting Services, una empresa dedicada a ayudar a las instituciones hacer que sus servicios sean accesibles para todos.
Lu se dedica a abordar el trauma desde una perspectiva cultural, mientras utiliza métodos que se basan en la evidencia e informados sobre el trauma. Ella trabaja con clientes de una variedad de orígenes culturales y étnicos y tiene experiencia en brindar servicios a jóvenes que han experimentado y / o presenciado violencia familiar y comunitaria. Su aspiración profesional es apoyar el crecimiento de proveedores de color en el campo de la salud mental para que las comunidades de color puedan tener más opciones para obtener servicios que se alineen con sus creencias y valores culturales.
Tamara Fermaint, Facturadora/Enlace Comunitario
Tamara Fermaint ha estado en el campo de la salud durante más de 30 años como higienista dental registrada. Tiene experiencia en la prestación de servicios de atención al paciente en hospitales, consultorios privados y entornos comunitarios.
Ella trae consigo el compromiso de abogar por las personas que viven con enfermedades de salud mental, los miembros de la comunidad LGBTQ, las personas afectadas por la falta de vivienda y apoyo de calidad para que los niños con discapacidades de aprendizaje obtengan servicios.
Tamara está emocionada de unirse a Lu Rocha Counseling Service como su nueva facturadora de seguros y coordinadora de atención.
Andrea Espinosa, MSW Psicoterapeuta
Andrea is a bilingual Spanish speaking therapist. She graduated from The University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in Social Work. She has a wide range of experience helping children, adolescents, and adults work through PTSD, depression, anxiety, sexual and physical abuse, grief, and other life challenges. In addition, she has advocated for individuals navigating around the criminal justice systems, has provided case management services to people in need of medical and housing benefits, clinical services, and U Visa letters.
Andrea has experience co-facilitating groups for adults and teens working through everyday stressors and helping middle school students strengthen their social and behavioral skills. She has facilitated educational workshops for parents on sexual abuse and safety.
Lastly, Andrea uses an eclectic approach that incorporates mindfulness, psychotherapy, trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), solution-focused, and strengths perspectives, among other methods. Andrea leads her work according to the needs of the client and utilizes active listening, empathy, and strives to create a safe and trusting therapeutic environment.
Nikiya Pruitt, Therapist
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.
Diana Gallardo, Therapist
Diana is a bilingual Spanish speaking therapist who has earned her master’s degree in social work from Dominican University, with a concentration in the military. She is a first-generation Mexican-American who has witnessed first-hand the adversities and oppressions faced by the Latinx community. She acknowledges that these challenges are faced by many other minority communities and believes there is a crucial need for curated mental health services to help individuals coming from these experiences. Her empathy and passion create a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can process, build on existing strengths, and reach their goals to live a more fulfilling life.
She has a wide range of experience working with diverse populations ranging from adolescents to geriatrics. She has worked in various settings such as behavioral hospitals, inpatient/outpatient treatment centers, Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) transitional living placements, and skilled nursing facilities. Throughout her experience, she has worked with individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, and neurocognitive disorders.
Her concentration in the military has allowed her to also assist service members, veterans, and their families are better equipped to understand traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.
Diana believes in meeting each individual where they are and utilizes a collaborative strengths-based approach to help clients acknowledge the unique contexts that impact their life and connect with their strengths to learn new ways to cope. She also utilizes a variety of techniques and skills drawn from recognized therapeutic modalities including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, dialect behavior therapy (DBT), play therapy, and mindfulness.
Diamond Nelson, Therapist
Diamond is an African American therapist with expertise in a myriad of sectors within the psychological field. She graduated from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. Diamond has a wide range of experience in helping adults, adolescence, and children work through trauma, depression, anxiety, and psychosis. Her includes fitness restoration services, trauma (firsthand and vicarious), anger management, family services, and court-ordered services. She has also provided many services to adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
She enjoys finding creative ways to advocate for her clients, as advocacy is vital in her personal and professional life. Many times, clients have not experienced many individuals that support them. She believes that it is essential to help individuals identify healthy and appropriate ways to advocate for themselves. She has supported individuals that have found themselves involved in the criminal justice system for various reasons, including systemic issues. Some of these issues include race, gender, and cultural injustices. Her lifelong dream is to provide services to various communities of color and highlight the importance of intersectionality.
Diamond believes that many philosophies and therapeutic interventions should be integrated and used in therapy. Although there is importance in childhood experiences and attachment styles, it is also essential to address the present moment, reduce negative thought patterns, and promote strength building. Her philosophy is that there is more than one way to address issues, and they will not work for every client. Flexibility, empathy, and accountability are important factors when providing therapeutic services to others.
Diana Hernandez, Therapist
Diana Hernandez is a bilingual Spanish speaking therapist who received her master’s degree from The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her professional experience includes counseling, advocacy, intensive case management, and program development for the most vulnerable communities. Diana is passionate about working with survivors of community violence and individuals navigating the immigration system.
Diana has experience working with individuals of all ages who have experienced high levels of trauma specifically gun violence. She is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), child and family traumatic stress intervention (CFTSI), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI). She identifies strongly with a relational, strength-based approach to addressing historical trauma and institutionalized and societal racism. Her professional goals include providing a safe environment for clients to heal and to de-stigmatize mental health in the communities of people of color.
Samekquel McGill, MA, Psychotherapist
Samekquel is an African American therapist who is passionate about assisting people discover effective ways to heal. She believes that a cornerstone of therapy is building and maintaining relationships with those she serves. Her desire as a clinician is to provide a genuinely nurturing space that is safe to explore and unpack various life experiences, while also encouraging empowerment. She believes that the effective change takes place in a collaborative environment. Samekquel has serviced a variety of people ranging in age, background and experiences including residential setting for youth, in home community mental health for those with mental and physical diagnoses as well as in a school setting. She has worked with those who have struggled with depression, anxiety, complex trauma, and PTSD.
Samekquel’s education includes dual undergraduate degrees in both psychology and criminal justice and a master’s degree in forensic psychology. During her education, she became interested in the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system. She worked with Guardian ad Litem (court appointed volunteers) who assisted in court cases involving child needs and permanency planning. She also facilitated court mandated groups with perpetrators of domestic violence. Samekquel understands the adversities related to people of color seeking therapeutic services and welcomes a nontraditional, electric approach that best serves the client. These modalities may include person centered therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
El Método de Terapia de Lu
Lu prefiere proveir terapia enfocada en fuerza. Esta forma de terapia enfatiza la autodeterminación y las fortalezas de una persona. Es una filosofía y una forma de mirar al cliente como ingenioso y resistente frente a la adversidad. Para ayudar a los clientes a mejorar su salud mental, Lu utiliza la terapia inclusiva diversa (DIT), que incluye terapia de conversación y otras modalidades que han demostrado ser efectivas y beneficiosas.
Terapia de Conversación
Ejercicios de respiración, meditación y yoga, que han demostrado mejorar la salud mental. Y como instructora de yoga registrada (RYI), capacitada en yoga terapéutico, Lu enseña a sus clientes cómo usar estas herramientas para manejar mejor la ansiedad, la ira y otras emociones y sensaciones abrumadoras.
Es importante comprender cómo el trauma y la ansiedad afectan el cuerpo, el cerebro y la salud en general; Por lo tanto, Lu les enseña a sus clientes cómo se manifiestan los efectos dentro del cuerpo.
Lu cree que tener una práctica espiritual es importante en la salud de uno, por lo que cuando es apropiado, Lu aborda la espiritualidad en sus sesiones de terapia. Esto puede incluir conversaciones sobre cómo conectarse con los antepasados de uno, practicar tradiciones o rituales, difamar, etc.
El trauma histórico (HT) es una herida emocional y psicológica experimentada por un grupo / comunidad a través de generaciones y dentro de la vida de uno. Cuando sea apropiado, Lu cree que es importante explorar cómo el trauma histórico está afectando actualmente la salud física y mental de uno.