My name is Diego and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC, #010011) in New York State.
I have experience providing mental health counseling to individuals, couples, families, and groups. My Master’s degree is in Mental Health Counseling, with a focus on Community services from The City College - City University of New York. I have worked in multiple settings, including a hospital clinic serving in the area of research of public health with elderly populations and chronic patients. I've also actively volunteered at a local church since 2008 working in the youth department.
I understand that seeking “counseling” or “therapy” can be very broad and mean different things. It can be intimidating at first if you haven’t had any prior experience or surprising to experience different therapeutic approaches if you have previously experienced counseling. I want to tell you that I’m here to provide assistance for the needs that you have currently in your life. I see counseling as a dual relationship where you get to be on the driver’s seat and choose where to go on this journey. I seat next to you pointing out details, providing useful information or simply supporting you as you reach towards your destination.
Since becoming a counselor, clients have come to me for a lot of different things, including depression, anxiety, trauma (particularly in the areas of childhood abuse and domestic violence), family and social relationships, self-esteem, and substance abuse. I have experience bridging the gap between teens and their parents in order to establish better ways of communication and acceptance about the differences.
My therapeutic approach integrates humanistic as well as cognitive-behavioral theories to help sort through the various challenges a person may be facing at this time. I understand that it takes courage to recognize that you need "help" and that it's a huge step towards wellness in seeking that extra help to deal with those life stressors and I understand that starting counseling can produce some negative feelings, such as worry, anxiety, or fear; but rest assured that once you embark on this process you won’t be alone and you will have the support to face those challenges and pull from within yourself the resources that you have to solve those problems or challenges on your own.
I want to provide a safe atmosphere and assist you with a frame that will be warm, respectful, empowering and supportive to meet your individual needs. I like to view therapy as an extra helping hand. You may not need help but you can definitely use some extra help in dealing with life situations.
I look forward to meeting you should I get to do that. Thank you for taking the time to look at my page!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Anger management
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
LMHC #010011-01 (Expires: 2022-10-31)
Very caring and listens well. Can tell that he is an expert in his field. Very personable too.
Diego is the kind of person that we rarely find. I have been very lucky to have him in this difficult time for me and my family. He is kind, respectful, polite, and very, very supportive. Diego has helped me so much in a very short time because he is very professional and knowledgeable of his staff. Thank you Diego and God Bless You.
Diego has been assisting and he makes me feel heard. He is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I look forward to our weekly talks.
Diego has been great so far! It’s my first attempt at counseling and he lets me say my thoughts and feelings in a safe environment that allows me to be more open. He also has great advice that keeps me thinking all week.
Diego is an excellent counselor.
He provided me with so much valuable information on my primary issues, listened attentively, asked supportive questions which expanded my awareness, and gave me additional information to review and work to reflect on so I had continued value added even after our session.
I would recommend him to anyone who is experiencing difficulty in their lives who is ready to experience a breakthrough.
I am grateful for everything Diego gave to me.