Online Individual Psychotherapy
Alvarado Therapy is committed to decreasing the barriers to therapy by offering online/tele-health psychotherapy for adults & children. With online therapy, you don’t have to worry about rushing in traffic to get to your appointment or struggling to make time for a session. Connecting online allows you to choose the most convenient time for you from the comfort of your home. While online therapy can seem intimidating to some, we create an environment that strongly parallels an in-person setting. We use secure, HIPAA compliant software that makes online sessions very easy to access. Click a link and we’re connected!
Online Couples Psychotherapy
Couples therapy can be equally as beneficial for a smooth sailing relationship as it can be for a relationship that’s on the rocks. It can be used as a tool to take a relationship to new heights and to rescue one that’s on the brink of falling apart.
Whatever the status of your relationship is, the logistics of planning and coordinating couples therapy between two busy schedules often proves challenging and that’s one area in which online couples therapy offers a huge advantage – all you need to get started is a laptop and a shared willingness to invest in your relationship.
Psychotherapy for Victims of Crimes
If you’ve been the victim of a serious crime, our aim is to provide a safe environment that allows you to reprocess the complex trauma. In doing so, you’ll be able to leave the traumatic experience in the past and continue living your life. We work directly with the California Victim Compensation Board – a state program dedicated to providing reimbursement for many crime-related expenses to eligible victims who suffer physical injury or the threat of physical injury as a direct result of a violent crime.
Immigration Psychological Evaluations
We partner with local immigration offices to provide extensive and thorough psychological evaluations based on the client’s needs. Evaluations can be done via a video call for immigrants in California and New York.
- Extreme Hardship Waiver
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
* Please note that current clients needing an evaluation will be referred out to another psychotherapist for completion of the assessment/evaluation.
Treatment Modalities Used
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Acute Traumatic Incident Processing (A-TIP)
- Critical Incident Desensitization (CID)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma Focused Treatment (TF-CBT)
- Mindfulness (MBSR-T)
- Seeking Safety
- Triple P Parenting (Level 4 & 5)
Individuals experiencing Life Transitions
Parent/Children Relationships & Stressed Teens
Highly Sensitive People
PTSD & Complex Trauma
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment approach that has been widely validated by research to treat post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, phobias, anxiety disorders, sexual and physical abuse, disturbing memories, additions, and complicated grief.
EMDR is a late‐stage trauma resolution modality that currently has more scientific research for treatment of trauma than any other non‐pharmaceutical intervention. EMDR has proven to be an efficacious and rapid method of reprocessing traumatic material. Research on other applications of EMDR is now in progress.
EMDR is a simple but efficient therapy using bilateral stimulation (BLS) tapping, auditory tones or eye movements to accelerate the brain’s capacity to process and heal a troubling memory. BLS, which occurs naturally during dream sleep, causes the two brain parts to work together to reintegrate the memory. Some clients experience relief or positive effects in just a few sessions. EMDR is effective in alleviating trauma-related symptoms, whether the traumatic event occurred many years ago or yesterday. It gives desired results –with little talking, without using drugs, and requires no “homework” between sessions.
“Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they drive sustenance and strength from the relationship…”
– Brené Brown