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Violet Alcantar, LCSW
As a trauma-informed therapist, I consider the biological perspective of mental health and the important role of our mind-body connection.

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Violet Alcantar, LCSW

Location

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Harm reduction, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Gottman method couples therapy, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

Therapy isn’t always easy, which is why feeling comfortable and safe with your therapist is most important to your success. I take a collaborative approach in therapy, starting where you are and working together to make positive changes. You are in the driver's seat and help to establish meaningful goals for your treatment.

As a trauma-informed therapist, I also consider the biological perspective of mental health and the important role of our mind-body connection. This means developing adaptive skills to help you calm your body and mind to help you cope with life’s challenges. I practice strengths-based, person-centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, and EMDR.

Education

MS - Social Work, California State University, Bakersfield

Certificate - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Certificate - Perinatal Mental Health, EMDRIA, Postpartum Support International (PSI)

Certificate - Trauma-Foucsed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Certificate - The Gottman Method - Couples, Level I

License Number and State

CA 74695

Pronouns

she/her

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy hiking, spending time with my family and two dogs, and watching movies.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

I try to remember one thing each day that I am grateful for, and one thing each day that helped me to feel productive or accomplished... even if that one thing is as simple as getting through a rough day.

What book have you read more than once?

I really enjoy reading anything by Brene Brown. Her books are so insightful and encouraging at the same time.

Favorite organization/non-profit and why?

There are so many organizations and non-profits that are doing great work and hold a special place in my heart. One that I can pick as a "favorite" would be NAMI, because they provide valuable and much needed mental health resources to families.

Do you have any pets?

I have two dogs, a 12-year-old chocolate lab and a 6-month-old standard poodle. I also have a 12-year-old grey tabby cat who weighs nearly 20 pounds and thinks he's a dog! My pets are my fur babies and provide so much love, comfort and joy.

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