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109: Feeling Stuck. How to not let fear hold you back.

Updated: Sep 2, 2018

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In this episode of Diferente podcast, I wanted to explore the topic of fear and how it affects our confidence. And I invited Adriana Alejandre, a Licensed Clinical Therapist in California, to join us for the ride!


Adriana specializes in helping people get through trauma, grief and loss. Most recently, she has become a disaster mental health worker to assist in national disaster relief efforts, including helping survivors of Hurricane Harvey and the Las Vegas massacre.


If you’ve ever experienced self-doubt, which most humans do, or if you’re wanting to make a change in your life and fear is stopping you, then this episode is for you!



Beyond the Episode


We asked Adriana to help us put together a list of important questions to ask when searching for a therapist, as well as some resources to make the process less difficult.


How To Find A Therapist


According to Adriana, you should interview your therapist before you decide to work with them. Some of the basic questions to ask include:


  • What can I expect out of the sessions with the therapist?

  • What therapy modalities does the therapist practice?

  • What are the therapists' specialties? 

  • What are their rates? Do they have reduced-fee options? 

  • What openings do they have?

  • Do they have a website?

Ways to De-Stigmatize Therapy


  • Be open to therapy treatment and mental health.

  • Talk about it with people in person, or online. 

  • Be cautious of the language you use when talking about mental illnesses and therapy- people suffer from anxiety and depression - they are not depressed - they suffer from it. People are not alcoholics, they suffer from alcohol abuse.

  • Mental pain is like physical pain. Give it importance too. 


Resources


Check out Adriana's podcast, Latinx Therapy, for some great info on Anxiety - Anxiety 101, Episode 8.


Openpathcollective.org to find therapists within the $30-80 range (per session).


Psychologytoday.com to find a therapist - Always ask if the therapist has reduced fees. Connect with Adriana at www.counselingandtraumatherapy.com and on Instagram @LatinxTherapy.




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