Imelda Avila

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Imelda Avila, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in CA More info Licensed Clinical Social Workers, LCSWs, are social workers trained to diagnose and treat mental health issues and substance misuse with psychotherapy and counseling.

Accepting patients

Licensed in CA

Accepts insurance

Hi there, I'm Imelda!

Hi Everyone, my name is Imelda Avila, and I'm a licensed clinical social worker. I am truly passionate about helping individuals during a difficult period in life. I believe everyone deserves a safe environment to begin healing.

My approach

My approach is strength-based. I believe in meeting the client where they're at. I want to be intentional in listening to understand their values, needs, desires, and even their trauma responses. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-focused brief therapy, as both will help me identify treatment goals that have positive results whether it's a short or long-term relationship.

My focus

I have experience working with a variety of age groups, socioeconomic backgrounds, experiences, and diversity. I have worked with individuals during the hardest time of their life; dealing with end-of-life, new medical diagnosis, depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, crisis intervention, grief/loss, and family dynamics. In doing this, my priority is genuinely engaged in the therapeutic relationship, having unconditional positive regard for my client, feeling empathy, and having clear communication.

My communication style

I am a very personable and attentive listener. I want you to feel safe in sharing without judgment. I want to help you through your experiences in life that have interfered with daily living.

My journey to mental healthcare

I have been a social worker for nearly 20 years. It started with going through my own life struggles and trauma as an adolescent. Not knowing or understanding how to deal with my own struggles growing up; I learned later in life there was help in understanding mental health and healing. It's not just about helping others, this is bigger in actually having the heart to make a difference one life at a time. Most recently I have witnessed a shortage in mental health services for many people who are dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, grief and loss after the pandemic. I want to help you through your journey in healing and utilizing tools that will help you cope in this world. Just remember you are not alone through this walk.

My goals for you

I want to build a trusting relationship with my client. I'm here to be clear about what you are aiming for. I would like to set goals that you can measure considering they are achievable, realistic, and time-related.

My first session with you

During our first session, I'd like to get to know you. I want you to know this is your time and space to be able to talk about what brought you to therapy. I would like to learn and better understand what you are feeling. Making a connection will allow me to assist with creating a plan to help you reach your goals.

About Imelda

Specialities

  • Alcohol Use
  • Aging
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Chronic Illness
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Drug Abuse
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Job Stress
  • Older Adult
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Substance Use
  • Trauma and PTSD

Methods

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Grief Therapy
  • Interpersonal
  • Intervention
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Trauma Focused
  • Dialectical (DBT)

Practice

License

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) More info Licensed Clinical Social Workers, LCSWs, are social workers trained to diagnose and treat mental health issues and substance misuse with psychotherapy and counseling.

Accepted insurance providers

  • Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MA, Blue Shield of CA, Carelon, Cedars Sinai, Cigna, Decent, Kaiser Permanente (Southern Ca), MHN, Optum, Tricare West, and Kaiser Medicare Advantage (Southern Ca)

Languages spoken

  • English and Spanish

Education

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - California State University, Fresno (2004)

Session Information

  • Video session
  • 60 minutes

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  • Video session
  • 55 minutes
  • Covered by Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MA, Blue Shield of CA, Carelon, Cedars Sinai, Cigna, Decent, Kaiser Permanente (Southern Ca), MHN, Optum, Tricare West, and Kaiser Medicare Advantage (Southern Ca) Session cost depends on your insurance, most people pay $5-40 per session after meeting their deductible. There aren't any fees for using Rula.

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