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Chris Soto

MSW Intern

Supervised by Claudia Salinas #100046

I enjoy working with clients who experience issues with substance use, anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, family conflict, stress, relationships, and LGBTQIA+ issues. I love working with individuals who see the power in addressing outside issues like other people, family, and systems we are a part of as well as recognizing our own internal conflicts navigating these things. This is what gets me excited! 

 

That being said, my approach focuses on the strengths clients already hold in navigating their lives. Why? Because we all come into therapy with a set of skills and history that does not need to be discarded. My goal is to help clients understand, see, and feel what they believe to be barriers as strengths to build off of. 

 

I approach my work with a desire to make clients feel validated and supported in challenging themselves on goals that may seem out of reach. I do this by offering my clients a space to feel comfortable to reflect honestly about their behavior and relationships. In doing so, I hope to empower clients to explore their life and their relationships with a sense of curiosity as opposed to moving through the world with a finished mindset.

 

I have experience working with teens and adults of all ages. I am trained in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing, Problem-Solving Therapy, Solution Based Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am interested in Somatic Therapy, Internal Family Systems (parts work), DBT, and overall providing trauma-focused and trauma-informed care to all of my clients. 

 

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from California Lutheran University where I worked as an Alcohol and Drug Peer Educator. I attend the University of Southern California, obtaining a Master of Social Work degree. I have experience in addiction treatment and deeply understand the complexities of managing mental health, family dynamics, and one’s relationship with people, places, and things. I have held roles as a residential technician, case manager, and group facilitator in detox and outpatient settings. 

QUALIFICATIONS

SPECIALTIES

TREATMENT APPROACH

TRAINING

Specialty Approaches

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

Seeking Safety

Motivational Interviewing

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Internal Family Systems

Others Used...

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Attachment Based

Culturally Sensitive

Dialectical (DBT)

Existential

Family / Marital

Family Systems

Humanistic

Interpersonal

Multicultural

Narrative

Person Centered

Psychodynamic

Soution Focused

Somatic

Strength Based

Transpersonal

Truama 

Addiction

Alcohol Abuse

Anger Management

Anxiety

Bipolar Disorder

Chronic Pain

Chronic Relapse

Codependency

Coping Skills

Depression

Divorce

Dissociation

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Violence

Drug Abuse

Disordered Eating

Family Conflict

Gambling

Grief

Impulse Control Issues

Internet Addiction

Life Coaching

Life Transitions

Marital and Premarital

Men's Issues

Narcissistic Abuse

OCD

Oppositional Defiance

Parenting

Peer Relationships

Racial Identity

Relationship Issues

School Issues

Self Esteem

Self-Harming

Sexuality

Sexual Abuse

Sleep or Insomnia

Spirituality

Stress

Substance Abuse

Suicidal Ideation

Teen Violence

Trauma & PTSD

Video Game Addiction

Sexuality

Transgender

Bisexual

Gay

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Solution Focused

Problem Solving Therapy

Seeking Safety

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Internal Family Systems

 

Body Positivity

Gay Allied

HIV/AIDS Allied

Lesbian Allied

Non-Binary Allied

Open Relationships/Non-Monogamy

Queer Allied

Racial Justice Allied

Sex Worker Allied

Sex Positive, Kink Allied

Single Mothers

Transgender Allied

Veterans

ALLYSHIPS

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