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Monica Marie Rivera-Pina LPC

She / Her / Hers

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General Office Hours

In Central Time

Mondayfrom 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Tuesdayfrom 03:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Wednesdayfrom 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Thursdayfrom 03:00 PM to 08:00 PM
FridayClosed
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

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

My journey began as a young child whose home life was a host of struggles/abuse which later served as an insight into the struggles others experience. Such experiences can hamper anyone's ability to move forward or form healthy relationships. In my case, I was fortunate, in my young adulthood, to meet a well-regarded psychotherapist who aided me in learning life-long cognitive tools for recovery, (someone I now emulate to pay it forward, helping others).

What is your style/approach to therapy?

In our first session, we will spend time, mainly, in getting to know each other. I want you to feel our sessions are non-judgmental, and genuine, and above all, what you say in session remains confidential. There will be a few personal questions, but only what helps me, to help you. Those questions are part of the "intake session", solely to understand your worldview/family dynamic. Every session is built from empathy while each question I ask will always stem from respect for your identity and culture. My goal is to build a therapeutic, well-founded, professional, genuine and non-biased relationship with you so I can build a therapeutic plan to help you. Some of my questions include your past, such as what your childhood was like, your job history, and your current friends/social group or romantic relationships, including those of your current family. I need a vivid picture of your worldview so I can do my utmost to help you reach your goals in therapy. My biggest strength in working with clients is that I make it a point to focus all my energy on every session with every client. I research the latest therapeutic tools to prepare for every session to present the best approach. For example, many therapists tend to stick to one modality and will never waiver from said modality, despite the client's needs or session stagnation - NOT ME. Every human being is unique, diverse and static to the events impacting them. We, as clinicians, must treat every client genuinely, honestly, and accordingly. Honesty is paramount in a therapeutic relationship with the client. That being said, a therapist doesn't know everything and should admit when unable to help the client. I pledge to be honest with you and help you reach your therapeutic goals.

Identity

Gender

Cisgender

Ethnicity

Latinx

Sexuality

Heterosexual

Group Identities

Ally to the LGBTQIA+ community

Other Identities

Living with a chronic disease, Boomer

Specialties

Depression

Anxiety

Relationship Issues

Stress

Coping Skills

General Expertise

Depression

Anxiety

Work Stress

Relationship Issues

Loss/Grief

Self-Esteem

Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Bullying

In-Network Insurance

Aetna

Anthem

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Cigna

UMR

UnitedHealthCare (UHC)

All Savers Insurance

AvMed

Fees

First Session$85
Individual Therapy$75

Types of Therapy

Individual Therapy

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Mindfulness Practices

Eclectic Therapy

Cognitive Processing Therapy

Compassion-Focused Therapy

Humanistic Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Training / Certifications

Cognitive Therapy

Co-occurring Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Disorders

Cultural Competence

Illness Management and Recovery

Integrating Primary Care with Behavioral Healthcare

Trauma Enforced Care

Person-Centered Recovery Plan

National Board For Certified Counselors

Licensure

  • Texas, Licensed Professional Counselor, 67006

Education

University of Texas - Brownsville, Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Professional Licensure requirement process, 2009

Completed the requirements to prepare for the National Certification Examination (NCE), before beginning the clinical process of internship required for licensure. Once the NCE was passed, the process of clinical training (3000 clock hours) was permitted, as part of the internship requirement. After two or more years of internship supervision in the clinical setting, all hours were met and submitted to the National Board of Counseling Certification, full licensure was granted.

University of Texas - Brownsville, Master of Professional Counseling, Professional Counseling, 2006

Masters Degree in Counseling which allowed the ability to work with adults, children and families.

Work History

My work in the helping profession (psychotherapist) began in a clinical setting. I was able to garner a vast amount of knowledge to the level of expert in various modalities of treatment, including the latest conventional changes for treatment, including the bio-psychopharmacological treatments in dealing with comorbidity. But most, if not all, proper psychotherapists would, or should, emphasize to every client that there is no such thing as "the magic pill" and most do not require medications to heal or create change in their lifelong journey. Also, I have a high standard for clients' rights, advocating for mental health as a client advocate. I hold a high standard for myself which in turn helps all my clients find their innate strengths and tools to thrive in life. I help individuals dealing with depression, grief, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship issues, PTSD (trauma), as well as those dealing with adjustment disorder, chronic health issues and behavioral issues including ADHD; which includes virtually all slices of society such as seniors, couples, survivors of abuse, LGBTQIA2S+, gender dysphoria, as well as those dealing with comorbid conditions such as drug addiction or health issues - many whose 'obstacles' would have prevented any person from reaching their life-long goal(s). Together, we will identify what's not working at the moment. We will identify solutions you innately use and begin with simple goals, which will NOT require you to change your entire life because change comes from inspiration, not an ordeal. You will become partial to the positive mindset and peace of mind, with a sense of well-being and empowerment to feel once again productive, and more importantly, satisfied in your everyday life.

Online Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions About Monica Rivera-Pina, LPC

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Monica Rivera-Pina, LPC, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Monica Rivera-Pina accepting new clients?

Yes, Monica Rivera-Pina is accepting new clients for online therapy in Texas.

Does Monica Rivera-Pina accept insurance?

Yes, Monica Rivera-Pina accepts insurance, including Aetna, All Savers Insurance, Anthem, AvMed, Bind Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Cigna, Cigna EAP, Golden Rule Insurance, Humana, Optum, Oscar Health, Oxford Health Plans, UMR, UPMC Health Plan, UnitedHealthCare (UHC) and UnitedHealthcare Student Resources.

What types of therapy does Monica Rivera-Pina offer?

Monica Rivera-Pina offers therapy for individuals.

Does Monica Rivera-Pina offer in-person appointments?

No, but people in Texas can book Monica Rivera-Pina for virtual appointments (teletherapy).

Does Monica Rivera-Pina offer online therapy?

Yes, Monica Rivera-Pina offers online therapy via video sessions and phone sessions to people in Texas.

How quickly can I see Monica Rivera-Pina?

Monica Rivera-Pina typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current general office hours and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Monica Rivera-Pina speak?

Monica Rivera-Pina conducts therapy sessions in English and Spanish.

Can I book an appointment with Monica Rivera-Pina online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Monica Rivera-Pina online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.