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Areli Balvaneda, LMFT
In my experience and approach, I have found it best to come from a place of compassion for the client.

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Areli Balvaneda, LMFT


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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Couples [The Gottman Method], Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

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In my experience and approach, I have found it best to come from a place of compassion for the client. That involves meeting the client where they are and where they would like to go in the treatment process. It is my belief based on knowledge, experience, and training that trauma can impact an individual in many facets of their life. Working with clients to identify trauma and how it continues to impact their life is significant in the treatment process.


MS - Counseling, University of Phoenix

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What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy crafting, cooking, and reading. Crafting gives me inner peace and being creative. Cooking is a cultural-based enjoyment. Food is a way I show love to friends and family. Reading gives me a fun escape when the craziness of life can feel overwhelming.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

The one thing I do daily that supports my mental and emotional well-being is finding 10-15 minutes a day of peace and quiet without interruption. I will often journal.

What book have you read more than once?

The book that I have read more than once is Becoming by Michelle Obama. It's a reminder of how our past can affect our present in positive ways. Using trauma as a driving force instead of a resistance to change.

Do you have any pets?

I had an older pet, a Cane Corso, who recently passed. My story is when he was alive he was blind (due to old age) and because of this whenever I would clean and rearrange and clean my patio he would bump into everything until he got the footwork memorized again. I loved his perseverance in figuring it out and he reminded me, patience is part of moving forward.