Norma Cuenca

(MA, LMFT)

About Me

Hi. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor in California with more than 8 years of combined unlicensed and licensed experience providing mental health services for children, adolescents and adults, at homes, schools and agencies.
In today’s times it is becoming harder for adolescents to deal in this society, they are exposed to so much information that might confuse them and make them feel lost. If your teen is struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief or difficulty in relationships in school, I can help, you are not alone,
I have personal experience working with adolescents and helping them find solutions to their concerns, as well as challenging distorted beliefs that negatively influence their decisions. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive/behavioral, solution focused, humanistic, and strategic and structural which addresses family conflicts.

A little more about me: I worked for 17 years in Bogota/Colombia as a clinical psychologist in private practice. I was also a professor in different universities, and I worked closely with students in an undergraduate program. I was a part of a team working in rehab institutions for adolescents and adults with addiction issues and I counseled their families to help them overcome the sadness and pain of having a love one struggling with addictions.

Working in the US, a multicultural society, has given me more skills to work with people from different backgrounds and nationalities and I have developed special sensibility to work with single parents, broken families, adolescents and other adults transitioning to a different stage in life.
I look forward to working with you and accommodating my schedule, including nights from 7 to 9 pm and Sundays afternoon. Best wishes in your path of therapy.
If you are in a crisis, be sure to visit this site for resources and hotlines that can help you more appropriately. https://www.betterhelp.com/gethelpnow/
Specialties
Depression
Anxiety
Trauma/abuse/grief
Alcohol/drug abuse
Family conflicts
School drama.
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self-esteem, Coping with life changes, and ADHD
Years of Experience: 8


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Abandonment , Blended Family Issues , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LMFT #94184 (Expires: 2021-10-01)


Reviews

Written by L.I. on Jun 13, 2020 after counseling with Norma for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Norma is such a kind and knowledgable therapist. She does a great job with helping to unpack things that might be affecting you negatively, and it’s so freeing. She clearly knows what she is doing and what she is talking about, so I fully trust her judgement, and her kind and approachable manner makes her very easy to talk to. Norma provides a safe and productive space in which you are valued. I’m very happy she was assigned to me as a therapist.

Written by A.Y. on Jun 02, 2020 after counseling with Norma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching,

Amazing . 10/10 + . Thank you for giving me guidance. Highly recommend ! Helped me so much!

Written by M.O. on May 31, 2020 after counseling with Norma for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts

She is excellent!

Written by T.I. on May 27, 2020 after counseling with Norma for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

In a short amount of time and meetings Norma has made me feel heard, understood, and valid. Thankful to be paired with her.

Written by R.A. on May 11, 2020 after counseling with Norma for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

An angel and knows the perfect balance of listening, pacing insights/lessons, etc.

Written by A.L. on May 04, 2020 after counseling with Norma for 4 months on issues concerning relationship

Norma is great! Our sessions are always productive. I know that she truly cares about me. I like that she offers task to keep me working toward my goals and checks in on me via text when we don’t have a session.

Written by J.U. on Apr 16, 2020 after counseling with Norma for 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Norma has helped transform my view on life and how to operate both as an individual and as a partner in a relationship, whether that is romantic, friendly, or family. She has given me the tools and the confidence to choose the right thing in many situations and issues, and I would highly encourage you to listen to what she has to say.

Written by R.O. on Apr 03, 2020 after counseling with Norma for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Norma is amazing. I can’t express how much she means to me and my healing journey.

Written by B.R. on Feb 26, 2020 after counseling with Norma for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Norma is a considerate and thoughtful counselor with great personal rapport. She is knowledgeable in many areas and has a keen sense of what I need.

Written by E.L. on Jan 23, 2020 after counseling with Norma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Norma is kind and very in tune with what I need. She is sympathetic when I need her to be and firm when I need it too. She has opened my eyes to new ways of healing.

Written by R.O. on Jan 02, 2020 after counseling with Norma for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Norma has been very helpful as I try to navigate the complex impact from mental health issues in my family and marriage. She is knowledgeable about resources and brings the appropriate balance of education/support and nudging to move forward. She is being a great support.

Written by R.O. on Dec 05, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Norma has been amazing so far in helping my wife and me in our marriage. She balances listening to us and giving advice perfectly, recommends valuable homework, and keeps in touch with us throughout the week. 10/10 experience

Written by C.I. on Nov 02, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Norma is great , she understands your needs and works with you.

Written by A.L. on Oct 29, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Very intuitive & a great guide when you don't know where to start or feel overwhelmed.

Written by M.A. on Oct 10, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Norma is a great counselor. I was going through a very difficult time and she was there anytime I needed her. Couldn’t have asked for better support.

Written by A.T. on Oct 02, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Norma is a great therapist! She listens very well and is very understanding. She gives advice and exercises to practice that teen counseling your mindset and point you in a more positive outlook.

Written by L.I. on Sep 13, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 2 weeks

My daughter loves Norma and she feels very supported and empowered after her sessions. I like that I can text her before my daughter’s appointment. She is always very responsive.

Written by T.O. on Aug 29, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes

Norma is fantastic. She has helped so much.

Written by M.A. on Aug 20, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Norma made me feel understood and she is a good listener. I appreciate her help!!

Written by C.L. on Aug 17, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 2 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse

Norma has been a gift from God. She is very talented. She is excellent at absorbing information and immediately processing that information into actionable tools and techniques to address my challenges. She is always present and excels at communicating in reflecting my thoughts which are substantive and well-researched. I have grown tremendously under her care and she is the reason I continue with teen counseling! She is even and honest in her assessments and interventions.

Written by R.O. on Aug 15, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and compassion fatigue

Norma is attentive, thoughtful, and clearly cares about helping you. I was dealing with a lot of self-doubt and deep anxiety over bad life events and she helped me get back on my feet. She had deep insights into my experiences and helped me see them in new and helpful ways. I feel so much better now because of that.

Written by S.H. on Jul 31, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

I was dealing anxiety and panic attacks. Norma was able to talk me through coping mechanisms and really dig into how I can create change within myself. Thank you Norma!

Written by J.A. on Jul 28, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Norma is very understanding and has made both of us feel comfortable.

Written by M.I. on Jul 10, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

She is great!

Written by N.I. on Jun 30, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Norma is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. She has been great.

Written by T.I. on Jun 27, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 3 days on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Norma is helpful and authentic. She Is a good listener and seeks to understand.

Written by S.E. on Jun 23, 2019 after counseling with Norma for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

I felt like she actually cared. She was persistent. That means a lot.