Psychotherapy can be one of the most valuable life experiences a person can have. Yet finding “the right therapist” may seem like an overwhelming task for those who are new to it. Whether or not the first therapist they meet with is the best match for them in the long run, most new clients experience some relief after their first session. It may take a few times meeting with different professionals before a new client feels comfortable making the decision to engage in deeper work with a particular therapist. Establishing trust in the therapeutic relationship is critical before any specific approach or “technique” can be fully effective in helping a client make lasting changes. It is important for clients to feel confident in their therapist’s competency, compassion and character in order to build a safe, trusting relationship in which growth and change can occur.
Our psychotherapist, Myra Hidalgo, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience as a mental health practitioner and clinical supervisor. She engages clients with a style that is very personable, practical, direct and professional. Her theoretical approach to understanding and helping clients to acheive their goals is primarily influenced by attachment theory, family systems, psychodynamic, existential, developmental and cognitive/behavioral psychology.
Issues of Interest
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Anxiety or Fears
- Grief and Loss
- Childhood Abuse or Adverse Experiences
- Sexual Trauma Recovery
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Clients
- Couple and Family Conflict
- Communication Skills
- Self Esteem and Assertiveness
- Spirituality and Existential Questioning
- Coming Out Issues
- Managing HIV/AIDS
- Substance Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Mood Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Group Dynamics and Team Building
This is where most people begin the therapeutic process. Individual therapy can range from just a few sessions to multiple years, depending on the needs and goals of the client.
Participating in therapy as a couple can be extremely valuable in learning healthy communication skills, building trust and resolving conflicts that present barriers to intimacy.
A group approach is most often recommended in conjunction with other modes of therapy for individuals seeking help with relationship skills, support for adjusting to a new lifestyle, or recovery from traumatic life experiences. Group therapy is also a more affordable option for continued support and personal growth once initial goals are acheived in individual therapy.
Often one member of a family “acts out” or manifests a problem that involves the entire family. Working on the problem together is usually the most effective way to bring the family back into balance and to achieve harmony at home.
Facilitated Support Groups
Many people find much needed support and education in time-limited groups designed to assist with adjustment to a particular life event or stressor. Topics may include grief, divorce, coming out, chronic illness or other topics of community interest and need.
Educational Seminars, Intensive Group Programs and Team Building
Arrangements can be made for corporate or non-profit employee groups, student groups or other organizations for educational presentations, dynamic team-building or professional development.
- Years in Practice: 20+ Years
- School: Tulane University School of Social Work
- Year Graduated: 1990
- License No. and State: 3262, Louisiana Board Social Workers
- Avg Cost (per session): $40 – $100
- Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Paypal
Accepted Insurance Plans:
- BlueCross/BlueShield, HMO, PPO, and FEP
- Magellan Behavioral Health
- Out-of-Network coverage for several other plans