I’m Priscilla Torres, a licensed psychotherapist and Ph.D. candidate.
Seeking therapy requires courage, and I commend you for taking the first step toward personal growth and healing. I believe in the power of therapy to bring about transformation, and I am dedicated to tailoring my approach to meet your needs.
I use only evidence-based therapy models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Clinical Hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) combined with Internal Family Systems (IFS) to help individuals and couples struggling with various issues.
KEY FEATURES OF MY APPROACH:
Enhanced Support and Continuity of Care:
Sometimes, clients may face challenges or have questions that arise between sessions. My therapy approach goes beyond the confines of traditional sessions. I offer ongoing support through secure messaging or scheduled check-ins. I aim to maintain a continuous connection, providing guidance, encouragement, and personalized resources to help you navigate and sustain progress.
INFERTILITY, PERINATAL, AND POSTPARTUM SUPPORT:
I am passionate about supporting individuals and couples during the perinatal and postpartum journey. Through years of practice and personal experience, I have gained a comprehensive understanding of the unique challenges perinatal individuals and new moms face.
As a Clinical Sexology Ph.D. candidate, I extend my expertise to individuals and couples struggling to overcome complex sexual and emotional challenges throughout their journey. I recognize the emotional complexities and potential mental health concerns that arise during this critical phase of life.
Do you ever wonder if your depression is more than depression? As a Certified Mood Disorder Professional (CMDP), I have specialized training and experience in working with individuals who are struggling with mood disorders like depression, bipolar, and something else that is more than depression but without episodes of full mania called hypomania. Our sessions will empower you with effective coping strategies, emotional regulation techniques, and sustainable tools to manage symptoms and foster long-term emotional well-being.
GOTTMAN’S AFFAIR RECOVERY:
Gottman’s Affair Recovery Therapy is designed to help couples heal and rebuild their relationship after infidelity. It is based on the work of Drs. John and Judy Gottman, renowned relationship experts. In this therapy, the primary focus is on restoring trust, improving communication, and rebuilding the emotional connection between partners.
During therapy, couples engage in open and honest dialogue about the affair, exploring the reasons behind it and its impact on both partners. The therapist helps create a safe and non-judgmental space for each person to express their thoughts and feelings.
Throughout the healing process, Gottman’s model focuses on rebuilding the emotional foundation of the relationship. Partners learn to express their needs, concerns, and emotions constructively while actively listening to and validating each other’s feelings. This promotes understanding, empathy, and the ability to navigate difficult conversations with respect and compassion.
I aim to guide couples through the difficult journey of healing after an affair by fostering trust, open communication, and emotional reconnection to rebuild a stronger and more resilient relationship.
The foundation of EMDR is based on the understanding that traumatic experiences can become “stuck” in the brain’s memory network, causing ongoing emotional and psychological distress. This therapy aims to facilitate reprocessing these traumatic memories, enabling individuals to integrate them healthier and more adaptive.
During reprocessing, the therapist guides the individual to focus on the targeted memory while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation. This can be achieved through eye movements, auditory tones, or taps. The back-and-forth movement or stimulation facilitates the brain’s natural processing mechanisms. As the bilateral stimulation continues, the individual is encouraged to explore any shifts or changes in their thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations related to the targeted memory. Once the distress associated with the targeted memory decreases, the therapist helps the individual reinforce positive beliefs and strengthen the new adaptive associations. This step aims to enhance resilience and promote lasting healing.
For couples, my integration of EMDR brings a powerful tool for healing trauma associated with relationship wounds and past trauma, blocking the individual from healing and moving forward.
INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS:
As an IFS-informed psychotherapist, I utilize this transformative therapeutic approach to help you understand different parts of yourself. IFS focuses on understanding and harmonizing the different aspects, sub-personalities, or “parts” of an individual’s internal world. It explores the idea that we all have various “parts” within us, each with its own unique thoughts, feelings, and motivations imposing its influence on a subconscious level. Through mindful inquiry and dialogue, you are encouraged to develop a deep sense of curiosity and compassion towards your parts. By understanding their origins, intentions, and roles, you can cultivate greater self-awareness, self-leadership, and self-acceptance.
When applied to couples therapy, IFS facilitates a deeper understanding and empathy between partners. Couples can learn to approach each other’s parts with compassion, creating a safe and supportive environment for personal growth and relational healing.
I incorporate clinical hypnotherapy techniques to address deeply rooted patterns, negative self-perceptions, sexual intimacy concerns, and emotional blocks that may be hindering the healing process. By accessing the subconscious mind, I help you adapt positive self-beliefs, promote inner healing, and enhance your happiness.
Together, we will explore your unique path and determine the most suitable therapy models for your journey. As a psychotherapist experienced in treating individuals and couples recovering from deep wounds or struggling with intimacy, I know there is a path to healing and feeling more connected than before. If you trust my process, I can guide you there.
I’m looking forward to meeting you.
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