Leonides PerezLMHC

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What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

My passion for helping others extends from my own experience with mental health issues. I witnessed my father suffer from PTSD due to combat service and how debilitating a mental health condition can be to someone’s life. This passion increased when I witness so many fellow soldiers suffering from PTSD during my time in the U.S. Army and it was heartbreaking to witness their helplessness. It was then that I decided I wanted to dedicate my life to helping others with mental health issues. After I made the decision, I went on to graduate from Broward College with an A.A. in psychology, followed by a B.S. in psychology from the University of Florida and lastly, I received my master’s in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University.

What does a first session with you look like?

A first session to me is very important in terms of setting the tone for therapy. I believe that one of the most important aspects of therapy is the therapeutic relationship. There has to be a certain level of trust established otherwise therapy fails. Therefore, during the first session my focus is always on establishing general goals and expectations for tx, making the client feel comfortable and building rapport to establish an excellent working relationship.

What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?

I believe that there are two major barriers for people seeking tx today. First, since it is easy to find a lot of information on the internet a lot of clients will come into to tx with a self-diagnosis and some find it difficult to accept a different diagnosis. While it is important to be educated regarding one’s own mental health issues, it is best to read up on a particular diagnosis after discussing it with a mental health professional. Secondly, one of the biggest barriers I come across in tx is unrealistic expectations. We all want immediate results, especially when discussing health care. However, it is important to understand that therapy takes time and dedication, not something that can happen overnight. Lastly, it is important to remember that we should all try to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be rather than comparing ourselves to others and thus creating unrealistic expectations for self.

Specialties

Depression

Anxiety

Mood disorders

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Trauma

General Expertise

Depression

Anxiety

Loss/Grief

Borderline Personality Disorder

ADHD

Addiction

Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Adolescent mental health

Fees

$100

First Session

$100

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session

Group Session

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Children (5-12)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Art Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Training / Certifications

Current CPR

Licensure

FL, LMHC, MH16076

Education

M.S. Mental Health Counseling, Nova Southeastern University

B.S. Psychology, University of Florida

A.A. Psychology, Broward Community College

Work History

I have worked with a number of different populations including substance abuse, severe mental health, mood disorders and compulsive disorder. I have also worked with client of all ages ranging from 5 to 70+ years old. Lastly, I have worked in a number of different settings, such as in-home therapy, outpatient clinic, residential substance abuse and outpatient substance abuse.

Location

427 sw 147th ave, Pembroke Pines, 33027, FL