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Massiel Torres, LCSW
I have a unique set of interests and life experiences that have aided me in connecting with people from different backgrounds and beliefs.

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Massiel Torres, LCSW

Location

Licensed In

CA

Other Languages

Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i), Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

I am a Bay Area native who is multicultural and can speak Spanish. I have worked in various agencies, community mental health, and alongside local school distractions. I have a unique set of interests and life experiences that have aided me in connecting with people from different backgrounds and beliefs.  My therapeutic skills are a wide-range toolkit that is uniquely tailored to each client's personality, interests, and goals. I believe therapy gives us the opportunity to understand ourselves in a profound way and is a form of self-care.

I feel that therapy can be a place to learn about oneself and feel safe to share one’s deep inner thoughts and feelings where a person can achieve self-fulfillment. Therapy is more than a journey, it's an adventure of self-discovery. I genuinely enjoy helping others unlock parts of themselves that they had no idea existed whether it is by teaching clients how to use tools to help cope with stressful experiences or seeing clients improve their ability to set limits and boundaries.

Education

MSW - Social Work, University of Southern California

License Number and State

CA 101090

Pronouns

she/her

Why did you become a mental health professional?

The choice of becoming a mental health professional was more of a journey. When I was a Case Manager I saw how a person's well-being was not only affected by their environment and their needs, but their physical and mental health. I wanted to be able to provide support and help clients be able to manage their mental health symptoms, educate them, provide resources; but mainly do I what I can for the client to be successful.

What are your interests outside of work?

I am lover of all things Disney, Star Wars, Marvel and Harry Potter; so I'll take a trip to Disneyland whenever I can. Outside of work, you'll find me doing Pilates, exploring unique restaurants, going on a local adventure with friends and family, reading, playing board games, or spending time with my dog, Petunia.

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

One thing I do daily that supports my own mental and emotional well-being is doing one leisure activity (reading, writing, listening to a podcast, having a balanced meal).

What book have you read more than once?

I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. It captures the expectations of being female in a Mexican home. Also, it explores cultural and family dynamics as well as gender roles, that Mexican females strive to break free from .

Favorite organization/non-profit?

Any non-profits that support animals, immigrants, mental health, and youth are ones. These are all things that are dear to my heart.

How do you recharge?

I recharge by having a "No Obligations Day," where I don't make plans or have any obligations. This allows me to not feel pressured to attend an event, or meet an obligation. I can take my time during the day with personal projects, pending tasks or relaxing. I also do one relaxing thing a month like acupuncture or spa day.

Do you have any pets?

I have a support dog, named Petunia. She's a 9 year-old Chuggle (half Chihuahua and half Puggle) who loves to cuddle, sunbathes, eat cheese, and go on short walks. She's really quirky and does this thing where she her tongue will just slip out; she can snore really loud for being so small. My favorite story is when my cousin was watching her and they had her bed in the room; she was snoring so loud that she had to put her bed in the hallway.