Ginelle Alvarez – Marriage and Family Therapist
I have always been fascinated by people, behaviors, and relationships, leading me to complete my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy from St. Thomas University.
I have worked in a variety of therapeutic settings, including, assisting individuals with clinical symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, stress, sleep problems, and depressed mood. I have also served patients with more severe pathologies, including major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
My role as a therapist is not limited to my patients, but also includes their family members and caretakers, providing them with tools to help them manage the symptoms, understand the illness, and promote the wellbeing of the patient as well as themselves. This experience has equipped me with the invaluable knowledge in guiding my clients towards a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Throughout my career, I have earned the special privilege of working with children and teens, which has become my passion. My areas of expertise are behavioral issues, stress, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues. I have developed several successful programs, such as, a health and confidence group, focusing on empowering teens with the tools needed to develop a stronger Self Concept, a teen empowerment summer camp focusing on improvement of peer relationships, loving themselves and others, living intentionally with purpose, serving the community, and sharing their gifts with the world, and finally, an art therapy workshop for children focusing on the exploration of feelings, improved self-esteem, self-awareness, and the development of goals.
My experience in the mental health field has validated the complexity of human beings and the importance of assuming an integrative approach to address the psychological, spiritual, and physical components of our wellbeing. In an effort to become a more comprehensive and competent clinician, I obtained my certification in nutrition and health coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, which allows me to incorporate physical health into the work that I do as a psychotherapist. Including postmodern nutrition into my practice, provides my clients with additional tools to enhance their well-being and engage in fulfilling habits that promote physical and mental health.
In private practice, I coach my clients through their engagement in healthy food choices and accurate exercise regimens, individually tailored to their lifestyle, personal needs, and goals. I also help them identify how the change in their habits has the power to collaborate with their conscious efforts in bringing about a pleasant mood, well balanced life, and fulfilling relationships. I do this by incorporating my clinical competence with my knowledge in physical health, meditation practices, and other well-rounded techniques that I have learned throughout my career.
After having served individuals and families for several years, I have had the opportunity to witness my clients successfully reframe their negative thinking processes, overcome their self-esteem issues, and regain control of their emotions and actions. My comprehensive approach has provided them with tools to aid in the healing of their mind, body, and spirit. I believe in what I do, and I have faith in who I do it with!