Estela Macias Baiza, Review

Estela Macias Baiza, Review

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by UrFaveClient, Sep. 03, 2011

My name is Hanna, I saw estela every wensday for group and then had one on one sessions with her at least every month for 3 yrs. Estella is the only therapist that I actually opened up to knowing nothing about her, and let her give me advice becuase of a promise from her that icould trust her, and so idid. I slowly opened up to test the waters sorta speak,after probably a couple sessions she some how showed me that i could really trust her. from there I vented about everything, about what ikept hidden inside,  becuase iwas scared to be judged, she showed me things about myself I didnt know, she listened to my issues but never judged me on what itold her, she also never judge me on the way idressed, or who iwas before ilearnt all icould from her to be the person iam and love. I never was like everyone else, i loved to stand out. i like to be the one to start trends instead of follow the trend. I stood out like a rose would in a patch of daisy's. She help me see that I had originalty, soul, the ability to be anybody I wanted with the right guidance. she helped me undestand that without originalty I wouldnt have been able to develop my own personality based on my likes and dislikes, isntead of what other individuals wanted me to be becuase iwasnt like them, or becuase they didnt like what I did. After her help I started living life doing what I wanted nd being who I wanted for my own reasons, not others. The greatest advice she ever gave me was "To be able to love your other half you have to love yourself first and to do that you need to become who you want to be. Even tho people might judge you and try to change who you are, to who they want you to be or who they think is best for you, instead of accepting you for who you are and who you want to be and being there for you when you want to change, so that when you decide what you want to change nd when you want to start changing or improving something about YOU(inside or out) that you should never change anything for reasons other than your own, despite what people say, becuase people will always judge you no matter who you are as a person. Only Change when you want to improve you, and do it for yourself. Becuase you will find people who will accept you for you despite your imperfections and faults, and those are true friends who will support what you want to improve an when you want too. so you when you find the ONE whom you want to improve everything for so you can be the person that they need, and want. Dont change anything about you cause you already are those things, they accept you and never want you to change, but want to complete your puzzle, becuase they hold that missing piece you need. never let that person go, becuase it wasnt jugdement that presuaded the reasons you wanted to add something to improve who you are, it was that missing puzzle piece that you needed to complete you and now you know who you are and have become becuase of love not judgment, not becuase of change but becuase of completion. that person is your other half, the half that you didnt know you were missing, that showed you no judgment, never changed your personality, orignality, your soul, but embrassed it and you did the same. You made each other complete by being everything you both wanted in a person just when you thought you were everything you could be that person came along nd knocked you on your face then picked you up and showed you that you were missing half of you. Not here to change but complete you and you complete them. that person was made for you and you for them. You just needed to find out who you are as an individual until fate decides to have you crossing each other paths, the person that you are now ready to have enter your life and show you that you only knew half of you and same for them until the two worlds collided an matched the pieces of each others puzzle that was missing. the person that you didnt change you as an individual but completed you, but showed you that you werent completly who you wanted to be as you thought, until they came along and completed your puzzle and you. You finally have come to the end of your journey to find who your are an love yourself, so go an love your other half, cause of their love towards you, and yours towards them you are not just 2 individuals but you are 2 people who have become 1, and that is why you only change you for your own reasons." She taught me self-esteem. And how to love myself, so that i could love my missing piece when he came along. When itold her the reason iwanted to change and what areas in my life iwanted to change, she then gave her advice as a suggestion.And gave me the tools/values nd the guidance ineed to change what iwanted to. She never tried to change me to who she wanted. she helped me realize in our session that ilacked character, inner-personality, guidance, values, morality, respect, and self-esteem.
iknow she took pride in my case cuase she knew that itook a big leap of faith to trust her to help me help myself. and oh boy it wasnt easy for her, i was so hard headed that it took until i left the group to take what she taught me and apply it to my life, but she never gave up, or told me that she couldnt help me. I LOOKED FORWARD TO MY AP'S WITH HER. IT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY DAY, WEEK, MONTH. She brought a group of teenagers from different backgrounds/issues, ethnicity, religion, and different personalitys who outside of group we wouldve never talked to each other, wouldve rediculled and judged each other but we all became really good friends, by doing that she taught us how to:
Respect personal differences and values.
Actively seek to understand others' point of view.
Consider other ideas open-mindedly.
Acknowledge the needs of others.
Respond non-defensively when others disagree with your views.
State your own views honestly and openly.
Not only did itrust her but we all trusted her and each other, we were strangers opening up and giving advice to each other. she showed me thru group sessions how to talk about anything iwouldve normal recieved judgment from and get advice from other's my age in the group, because we all were judged but we accepted each other, we never looked down upon or thought differently of each other no matter what another did or does or who they are. like isaid we all were from totally different cliches, ispeak for all the ones that were in my group when isay we found a sense of loyalty, security, trust,no judgment, within the teenagers in the group becuase of estela. She taught us so many values that i never wouldve learnt becuase i didnt like some one trying to change anything about me, even tho i wanted to have a change i wanted some one to guide me, and not judge me. she didnt try to change anything about me, because she said "only you can change you, i can only guide you and teach you the tools/values you need to change what you want to change". Also she told me "I can teach you what you need to know to change but unless you apply it then it will be useless to you, so don't waste your time if you dont want to actually apply what i have to say to change the areas you want." she taugt me the things ineeded to know becuase i wanted to change who iwas. She gave me the tools to build character, and develop a personality based on what ilike nd dislike. If you don't believe me then schedule and ap to see her. She has clients that she thought she had failed them becuase it wasnt the time they wanted to change but knew what they wanted to change and wanted to learn the tools needed; but she still had faith in them that they would have not only just heard what she said but understood it and applied it when the time came that they actually started the process of changing; come back thanking her and showing her that they made a better life for themselves based on the tools/values they learnt from her. ialso visit her becuase she is the only adult that never gave up on me. And would always tell me that iwas one of her clients that she would never give up on, and best believe iwasnt an easy client to help. the therapist ihad before her referred me to her, becuase my case was to hard for him to handle. She actually found that ididnt have half the problems that iwas told ihad. Honestly, ican say that Estela is the reason ididnt commit suicide, becuase icouldnt change without help and everybody else gave up on me, cause they didnt know how to help me without wanting to change me for their reasons, instead of helping me change into the person "I" wanted to be. she is my hero. Thank you Estela(:

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 1 - 3 years
* this reviewer had 1 - 2 therapists before.
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