Alba Castaneda, LCDC

Name:Alba Castaneda
Gender:Female
Specialty:Counselor—depression
Location:11551 Forest Central Drive
​Suite 202
Dallas, TX 75243
Phone: 817-751-7802
https://www.portraithealthcenters.com
 
Introduction:
Specialties: ADHD, Academic Underachievement, Social/Emotional, Anger Management, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Body Image, Acculturation, Cross-cultural/Immigration, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Learning Disabilities, Teens/Adolescents, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Domestic Violence, Self-Esteem, Self-Harming, Substance Abuse, Suicidal Ideation, Teen Violence, Parenting Issues, LGBTQ concerns, College and Career Counseling, Trauma and PTSD, Weight Loss, Women’s Issues
 
More often than not, people share with me the difficulties they have in asking for help. When I hear this, I’m grateful they have found their way to my office because asking for assistance takes self-awareness and courage, which is already half the battle towards a better life.
 
My counseling approach is person centered; I believe therapy is an individual process that helps clients safely begin a journey of self-exploration, understanding, adjustment and ultimately happiness. I believe in your ability to guide me through your world and together we can find the best pathway towards your unique goals. I am a compassionate and a genuine counselor that believes in the power of warm, healthy relationships to heal the distress of painful life experiences. I provide a nonjudgmental, safe and specially tailored environment just for you. Above all, I am here for you.
 
After earning my Master of Science in Counseling, I became a Licensed Professional Counselor through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and a School Counselor through the Illinois State Board of Education. In addition, by meeting national standards for education, training and experience, I became a National Certified Counselor (NCC). My professional experience is diverse; I have worked with troubled youth in a correctional center in Mexico, as well as be a college admissions counselor and now school counselor in Illinois. I also have experience with nonprofits, educational and youth mentoring settings. I have a unique perspective about cross-cultural challenges, language barriers, immigration, behavioral issues, academic struggles, college and career preparation, adolescent and family issues, depression and anxiety.

Strategies: (Eclectic approach) Person Centered, Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational and Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques.
 
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my teenage daughter and visiting family and friends. I love traveling and experiencing new cultures.
Insurance:Aetna Aetna of IL Anthem BCBS of IL BCBS of Illinois Beacon Blue Care Network Blue Cross Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Shield BlueCross and BlueShield Cigna Coventry Humana LifeSynch MHNet Behavioral Health Magellan Behavioral Health Medicare Multiplan Optum TRICARE UMR UnitedHealthcare ValueOptions Out of Network

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