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Meet Jazmine Ortiz-Ulibarri of Ortiz Ulibarri Counseling in Pasadena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jazmine Ortiz-Ulibarri.

Jazmine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It all began sometime in Middle School when my peers would tell me I should become a therapist because I was easy to talk to. I was a young girl with a love of helping others. Many of my friends at the time would come to me and tell me their problems they had at home with their families and I tried my best to listen and help with whatever I could at the time. I then realized that I loved the feeling of helping others and decided to become a therapist.

Later on in my academic career, I realized I enjoyed reading psychology books and decided to Major in Psychology and Women’s Studies where my passion expanded through books and research. I attended the University of California-Riverside and was part of the Psychology Research Department. There, I performed research on the religious and cultural aspects of domestic violence in the Mexican-American Community. An issue that affects many families.

Through my research as an undergraduate student, an opportunity presented itself where I was chosen to Intern with the County of Riverside Department of Mental Health and volunteer as a Behavior Interventionist. I was trained to lead social skills groups for children under five years of age along with help record data for Parent Child Intervention Therapy with Licensed Therapists. Shortly after graduating with my Bachelor’s I took a position as a Behavior Therapist working with children on the Autism Spectrum where I provided individual therapy, lead Social Skills groups, hired and trained therapists. All of this exposure to the field of Psychology only motivated me more to obtain my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not always been a smooth road to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. The process to become a therapist is long where we are not only required to attend graduate school and obtain a degree but we are also required to complete 3,000 hours and then sit for licensure all while juggling a life and building a family. It was especially difficult while obtaining my hours as a therapist. In 2014 my husband and I were blessed with my son but the pregnancy was a difficult one. I had to leave my job where I was doing very well because I was ordered to be bedridden for a high risk pregnancy for 3 months. I was also diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, a awful pregnancy complication that causes severe nausea amongst other things. That moment of health complications changed my life forever. As a new mother trying to find doctors that understood what was happening was difficult because of the rarity of the condition. Also, finding a mental health therapist to help me cope in this time of stress was difficult because I realized that there were not many therapists that specialized in maternity mental health. This experience lead me to later obtain a specialization in maternity mental health and be able to help those mothers in need. After thankfully delivering a healthy baby boy, I continued to be ill and later after seeing many different doctors, I was diagnosed with H. pylorie and Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO). Thankfully, I was able to beat H. pylorie but SIBO is unfortunately chronic affecting my digestive system and at times my mental wellbeing by creating unnecessary anxiety caused by lack of healthy gut microbiome. There are studies now linking a gut/brain connection which say that 90% of the body’s serotonin(a well known neurotransmitter in the brain) is made in the digestive tract. I can certainly attest to this because I have had more anxiety now in my life living with SIBO than previously without the disease. My health experiences have prepared me to better understand chronic illness and how it affects a person, their family along with leading me to do a lot of research on the gut/brain connection. Overall, I am thankful for the support I have had from my family.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Ortiz Ulibarri Counseling – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Private Practice, where I am known for working with Individuals, Couples, Children and Families. Many of my clients are in the Entertainment Industry. My work also entails working with many graduate students wishing to become therapists. My specialties include perinatal mood and anxiety disorders such as postpartum depression, anxiety, trauma and other mood-related disorders. As a referred therapist of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, I also get to work with many individuals of the Catholic and Christian faith.

What sets my practice apart from others is that I am providing bilingual (English/Spanish) support groups for new mothers and fathers. And overall provide bilingual mental health education to the community.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My future plans are to expand my service offerings to include children on the Autism Spectrum next year. I plan on opening a clinic where social skills support groups are conducted in both English and Spanish using UCLA Peers, the only research-based social skills program. I am excited for this new journey to begin soon.

Pricing:

  • $100 per 50-minute session for individual psychotherapy
  • $150 per 50-minute session for couples or family therapy
  • $35 per 50-minute support groups

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