Today we’d like to introduce you to Carla Avalos.
Hi Carla, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is doing part-time private practice while balancing a full-time job as a Mental Health Clinical Supervisor. I was born and raised in Hollywood by a Salvadoran Immigrant mother.
I graduated from Cal State L.A. in 2005 with my bachelor’s in Social Work and USC with my Master’s of Social Work in 2008. I’ve been working in the mental health field since 2009 and I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2012. I recently became a certified Perinatal Mental Health provider (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International which is a rigorous certification process entailing trainings regarding mental health among pregnant women and their families.
I started my part-time private practice in September 2021 called Nuevos Caminos Therapy where I provide individuals and couples therapy who are experiencing a variety of emotional challenges related to attachment issues, boundaries, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, generational and racial trauma, family conflict, life transitions and women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
I named my practice Nuevos Caminos after my mom’s journey to the U.S. Coming to the United States alone was both a very difficult, treacherous and traumatic experience for my mom and yet, she knew deep down in her heart that this new way of life would provide a better future for herself and her future offspring (me). Her courageous journey and her ability to perseverance through many of life’s challenges is what inspired the name of my private practice, Nuevos Caminos Therapy Services. I am deeply proud and grateful for my mom’s ability to find various paths (Nuevos Caminos) to overcome barriers in life and raise me to be a strong and independent woman. I am also very proud of my Salvadoran roots and culture.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I’ve definitely experienced a few bumps in establishing my private practice as far gathering information, consulting with colleagues who are currently in private practice and budgeting time in my already busy schedule to launch my practice. However, I’m so thankful for my mom, my friends, my boyfriend and fellow private practice colleagues who have been super supportive and encouraging to keep going when I felt overwhelmed and stressed out.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
In my private practice, I provide individual and couples therapy regarding numerous stressors and traumas such as depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, life transitions and parents affected by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I am most passionate about working with BIPOC and Spanish-speaking individuals and couples because seeking mental health services for the first time can be very hard for these populations due to the immense stigma. Although I am open to working with any type of client, My primary focus in my private practice is to work with Spanish Speaking clients and provide a welcoming environment where accessing mental health services is seen as a vital part of everyday life and reduces the stigma of mental health services. I think connecting to the Spanish-speaking population through showcasing being a bilingual therapist so that is why I wanted my private practice business name to be bilingual. In addition, I want to help clients find new paths (Nuevos Caminos) to overcome any barriers they may face in life and provide them with the therapeutic tools needed to cope with various mental health issues (depression, maternal mental health, anxiety, trauma, grief, etc.).
I strongly believe that no matter what happens in life, we are all capable of finding Nuevos Caminos to keep moving forward.
What do you like and dislike about the city?
The challenging traffic is definitely one of the least favorite things for me about living in L.A. as well as not being able to address the large number of homeless individuals in our community.
One of the best things that I love about living in Los Angeles is the diversity of languages and cultures as most of my inner circle of friends and colleagues are a good mix of different cultures because as a child, I’ve always been curious about learning about people and what makes them unique. I also love that our city has endless food options in relation to our diverse city.
- $175 for 60 minute individual or couples session in office
- $165 for 60 minute individual or couples session through video
- Reduced Fee options available
- Email: Carlamarisol@nuevoscaminostherapyla.com
- Website: https://carlastherapy.clientsecure.me/
- Instagram: @nuevoscaminostherapy
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