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.
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.
Dr. Soto has experience with and enjoys working with the following populations:
Trauma & Abuse Survivors
Sexual Abuse Survivors
Mexican & Latino persons
Dr. Soto is knowledgeable in and has experience with the following conditions:
Grief & Loss
Dr. Soto enjoys applying the following:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Behavioral and Lifestyle Interventions
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Training
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:
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
Heart Rate Variability Training
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.
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
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
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:
Learn from your experience
Prepare you for other difficult emotions, so you can navigate with much more ease.
Recognize your emotional self, and the emotional body.
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
Loss of loved ones
Difficult life transitions
Please reach out if you feel you are grappling with difficult emotions, even if it seems small.