Approach

As a Counselor, Dr. Soto has a person-centered approach, accounting for individual differences and needs in their patients. Counseling is a tool used to create space for someone to be seen and heard, and in doing so encourages therapeutic introspection and self-referential awareness, which leads towards healing. It is beneficial for anyone seeking support. Needing to be seen and heard does not mean one has a pathology, simply a need to speak. It can provide tools for how to approach situations and difficult events, as well as help one moving forward. It’s there to help people live their fullest lives through better understanding of the self, bring awareness to the mind’s processes, and provide a plan to fall back on when difficult times come again. Dr. Soto brings presence, intention, and care into each of their sessions to facilitate the process of reaching your goals.

Demographics

Dr. Soto has experience with various populations, conditions and modalities. They enjoy working with people of all types and all abilities. They have experience teaching to those who have been affected enough by their condition to be categorized as severely disabled. And, have experience with persons of high intelligence. For more information on Dr. Soto's experience click HERE

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Populations

Dr. Soto has experience with and enjoys working with the following populations:

  • Trauma & Abuse Survivors

  • Sexual Abuse Survivors

  • Mexican & Latino persons

  • Spanish Speakers

  • Teens

  • Young Adults

  • Adults

  • Seniors

  • Autism Spectrum

Conditions

Dr. Soto is knowledgeable in and has experience with the following conditions:

  • Grief & Loss

  • Depression

  • Personality Disorders

  • Schizophrenia

  • PTSD

  • Chronic Diseases

Modalities

Dr. Soto enjoys applying the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Psychoeducation

  • Behavioral and Lifestyle Interventions

  • Mindfulness

  • Meditation

  • Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Training

  • Biofeedback

  • Hypnotherapy

What is Holistic Mental Health Counseling?

 

An approach that looks at the entirety of you. With this type of counseling, not only do we explore the psychology behind your concerns, but also encompass the other parts that contribute to the well being of your mental health. Such as:

  • Physiology

  • Physical Factors

  • Social Factors

  • Economic Factors

  • Body Health

  • Nervous System

  • Emotional well-being

  • Energetic well-being

  • Spiritual/Belief Factors

  • Thought Patterning

  • Family Dynamics

  • Trauma

We are each beautiful complex individuals that need personalized approaches to their concerns. So it is important to look at all the factors that affect our mental health to better guide the interventions that maybe the most effective for us. Our parts include:

  • Mind: Emotions, Thoughts, Beliefs

  • Brain & Nervous System: Behaviors

  • Body: Physical, Chemical, Physiological

  • Social: Health of relationships

  • Spiritual/Energetic: Passions & Fulfillment

During the session there are a range of tools, interventions and modalities that can be used or combined to figure out what will work best for you. The modalities that Dr. Soto are trained in include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Psychoeducation

  • Mindfulness

  • Meditation

  • Biofeedback

  • Heart Rate Variability Training

  • Polyvagal Theory

  • Craniosacral Therapy

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Dream Analysis

What is Behavioral Health Counseling?

 

An approach that helps you find direction. Many conditions can be challenging and difficult to guide on your own if you have no idea where to start. Behavioral Health counseling can help you:

  • Help with the daunting task of finding a start point.

  • Create realistic and doable goals.

  • Discover new options towards health

  • Tackle the obstacles that may be holding you back

  • Filtering through behaviors and patterns that may no longer be serving you. And recognize them for how they had served you in the past.

  • Create new behaviors and patterns that create a healthier enviornment and midset for you.

Behavioral Health Counseling can address multiple conditions and factors, and don't have to be specific to mental health. Using your mind and challenging your mindset can help you navigate any situation you may currently be experiencing, such as:

  • Difficult Life Transitions

  • Loss: personal, financial, relational

  • Receiving difficult diagnoses

  • Dealing with Chronic Pain Syndromes

  • Entering new life events: First pregnancy, First-time parent, moving homes, joining a new community

  • Resolving negative relationship habits

  • Support when needing to generate motivation or courage

  • Help creating balance

  • Help creating boundaries

In session, be prepared to be open to change and potential large turns in direction. Be open to seeing new possibilities and considering different perspectives to the whole.

  • Modalities can range from those listed in Holistic Mental Health Counseling.

  • Session is focused more towards reevaluating behavior and the components to the cognitive-behavioral model.

  • Explore the emotions, beliefs, thought patterns, and events that enforce, initiate, and create our behavior patterns.

What is Nutritional Counseling?

 

Are you looking for ways to enhance your health through your foods? This approach can provide you with a new perspective on how you eat and how your food choices affect you. You may get recommendations for the following:

  • Diet and specific food choices

  • Nutritional Supplements

  • Herbal Remedies

  • Herbs as food

  • Cooking & Food preparation

Food choices affect more than just physical heath, it can be tied to emotional patterns, thought patterns, beliefs, even signal nutritional deficiencies. Nutritional Counseling can explore the following:

  • Your relationship with food

  • Emotions and thought patterns behind cravings

  • Nutritional Deficiencies that may be affecting your cravings and food choices.

  • Culture and food choices

  • Genetics & food

Dr. Soto has an open approach and is accommodating to all dietary styles and cuisines. They are most interested in figuring out what works best for you. They are aware that what may work for one body's unique chemistry, may not work for another.

  • All diets welcome

  • All dietary restrictions welcome

  • Open minds willing to explore welcome

What is Grief and Bereavement Counseling?

 

Do you feel overwhelmed by the sensations and emotion of grief, mourning, loss? This approach can help support you through the most intense stages and provide guidance on your journey with grief. Grief and Bereavement Counseling can provide the following tools:

  • Further insight into the situation and it's factors

  • Holding space for difficult emotions

  • How to move with and through the tumultuous waves

  • Using perspective to see the whole

Grief can result from many types of loss, ranging from physical to the loss of hopes or aspirations. It's important to find a way to orient while in the gray. Learning be gentle with yourself during grief and experiencing it can help:

  • Find understanding

  • Learn from your experience

  • Ease suffering

  • Prepare you for other difficult emotions, so you can navigate with much more ease.

  • Recognize your emotional self, and the emotional body.

  • Ease transitions

  • Letting go of limiting beliefs

Dr. Soto uses an approach that is focused on holding space for you and your difficult situation no matter how enormous or small it may see. They are more interested in sitting with you and helping you experience and make sense of your journey. They have expereince with the following:

  • Ending of relationships

  • Separation

  • Rejection

  • Loss of loved ones

  • Trauma

  • Difficult life transitions

  • Please reach out if you feel you are grappling with difficult emotions, even if it seems small.

What is Life Transitional Counseling

with Hypnotherapy?

 

A unique approach to self-discovery in the mists of change. If you are experiencing a transition in any form, know that it is part of your transformation and growth into a new you.

This type of intervention can be applied to many different types of situations. If you are feeling stuck and simply don't know how to proceed, it can help you discover the answers you have within your own psyche.

Hypnotherapy is used to place you in a more relaxed state of awareness so that you can integrate and allow both hemispheres of the brain to communicate with greater ease.

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