Valeria Vilar, LMHC

Name:Valeria Vilar
Other Specialties
Review:3 client reviews
Location:1730 Main Suite 226
Weston, FL 33326
Phone: 954-385-9550
Open Mind, a Bilingual / Spanish Mental Health Counseling Center is located at the Weston Town Center since 1998. The center has been serving the West Broward community with a highly qualified staff of Mental Health professionals, who offer a personalized and integral treatment.

Our goal is to enhance the mental and emotional well being, and promote optimal social functioning to individuals, children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.
For over 10 years, the Center has been providing psychotherapy services with high excellence and professionalism to the West Broward community.

 Valeria Vilar, MA, BEd, LMHC, Director

Counting with extensive experience in both Mental Health Counseling and Education fields, Mrs.Vilar is leading the Center.

Mrs.Vilar is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Education professional.

Mrs.Vilar provides psychotherapeutic treatment to individuals (including children, adolescents, adults), families, couples and groups.

Mrs.Vilar has experience as Guidance Counselor in several schools in the United States, and in Argentina.

Mrs. Vilar also worked as University Professor in Argentina.


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Kennedy UniversityLicence Mental Health CounselorMaster in Psychology1994
DirectorOpen Mind Bilingual Mental Health CenterWestoncurrent
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Licence Mental Health CounselorState of Florida1989-1994
Monthly publications in TW Magazine.
May Edition in "Vida y Exito" magazine

Ways to unlock your child’s potential

By  Valeria Vilar, MA, BEd, LMHC

Raising a child is a challenge for every parent. No doubt about it. Parenting is not a discipline that is innate. Quite the contrary, it is a learning process that requires both patience and dedication.
Some parents lean towards anticipating events and searching for information on what to expect while their children grow. Others rely more on intuition, trusting that it will be a wise guide when conflicts appear.  Both kinds of parents are certainly trying to give their children the best they can.

Despite high quality information or a well tuned intuition, parents learn sooner than later that life presents situations that are not easily addressed by these resources. Parents then seek psychotherapeutic advice out of frustration or anger, but always saddened and truly overwhelmed. Occasionally they might be able to handle the difficulties at home within certain limits, but when the alarm regarding the behavior of their children rings outside their home they cannot spare more time. Typically the message that something is out of balance comes from school, when the child does not adjust or cannot achieve reasonable social or academic expectations. Also, the alarm could be related to the children’s social life, and it could come in the form of a call from another parent… a very difficult situation to face. It is very important for parents to keep contact with the child’s teacher along the school year as a means of being informed whether their child is going through the same difficulties in other classes, and /or with different teachers or group of kids.   

The reasons for many problems could frequently be learning difficulties, behavioral issues, or both at the same time. When parents notice that their child is struggling academically and not achieving the grade level, it is advisable to incentivize the memory, perception, attention, critical thinking, and reasoning by developing a routine to create the habit, and stimulate the cognitive structures every day. By exercising theses abilities and developing the aptitudes that are in the base of any learning situation, the child is going to create the possibility to manage his or her learning, achieving gradually the capability of learning how to learn.

On the other hand, if the problem seems to be behavioral, and the way parents have repeatedly tried to modify it is not producing the desired results, it may be time to consider asking for professional help.
In my professional practice I have seen that, very often, a learning problem appears along with some kind of behavioral manifestation, such as low self esteem, lack of attention, hyperactivity, aggressiveness, isolation, fears, among others. This is the reason why an isolated symptom cannot be taken into consideration. Even though this symptom might appear similar to what other children experience, every child is unique and deserves a personalized help. Parents can provide help in several ways, as long as they have received accurate information about their child’s difficulties and as long as they are trained to use the right tools to implement the changes they want to achieve. By providing the child with life skills that his or her uniqueness deserves, we are motivating him or her to develop his or her own talents, unlocking his or her potential.

Develop your self-esteem
                                                                 By Valeria Vilar, MA, BEd, LMHC

How we usually feel about ourselves affects directly our experience in life, our job, love life, friendships, and the possibility to progress in life in the direction of our dreams. The way we respond to the challenges of our lives comes from our perception of who or what we think we are.

Self-esteem is the measurement system we employ to value ourselves. Since self-esteem is based in our own perception of us, it is subject to the quality of our insight into our own emotions and thought, and could sometimes be misleading.  Like an accounting Profits & Losses report, self-esteem measures on a daily basis the balance of our positive and negative image of ourselves, constantly updated by our experiences and the impact of our self-evaluation and the evaluation of the people we interact with produce.

Keeping a truthful self-esteem balance is the clue to understand ourselves and those around us. A positive or high self -esteem allows us to feel trusted and valued. A negative or low self esteem forces us to feel useless, mistaken, understandably lonely and socially handicapped. Life experiences affect the way we feel about ourselves, and people who have not trained their self-esteem to react with flexibility to the inevitable ups and downs of life fluctuate drastically between feeling valuable and useless, assertive and plain wrong, incoherent in their own behavior.

The capacity to develop trust and healthy respect for ourselves is inherent to our nature, but it also needs to be trained, and the way we have been raised directly influence the way we esteem ourselves. Ideally all people deserve to enjoy a high level of self esteem, but we all know how difficult it is.  For example, Ashley proudly submitted a project to her boss, after two months of working on it. Her boss glanced over it and briefly pointed out to two things Ashley should change before bringing it back on the following day. Ashley could have at least two different reactions: she could have felt “I do everything wrong, I’ve been working for two months and nothing valuable came out as a result of my efforts, I don’t know how my boss is keeping me working here…I’m gonna be fired!, or she could have also felt: “Great, my boss is very strict and he only found  two little things to change, that means that he liked it”, or, before her boss’ request, “Oops, he is right; ok, it’s a quick change and it is going to be ready for tomorrow”.  Undoubtedly, Ashley’s chosen reaction among the alternatives listed – that we don’t need to know - would have expressed the balance on her self-esteem account, since we have no way of knowing her boss’ intentions and, like her, we need to wait until her boss gives her appropriate feedback once the final project is submitted.

    According to the situation and the kind of Ashley we are, many possibilities could fit.  It is important that we train our self-esteem to absorb the impact of the challenges we face in order to have a positive and accurate image of ourselves.  To train and develop our self-esteem is to exercise the conviction that we can become competent in life, and that we can deserve true happiness. To train our self-esteem is to broaden our capacity to be happy.

MemberAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine9/11/10-now
Flexible schedule. Night and Saturdays appointments are available.
Language:Native Spanish/ Fluent English

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3 client reviews of Valeria Vilar scored 5 out of 5.

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by Blanca, Nov. 28, 2013

Valeria, yo te debo que me devolviste mi vida, esperanza y felicidad y soy muy afortunada que Dios te puso en mi vida. Que Dios la bendiga y la colme de muchas bendiciones, eres un ser de luz de Dios.

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by Rosita, Jun. 25, 2013

Your PROFESSIONAL help change my life! THANK YOU!!!

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by Tomas, Jun. 20, 2013


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