Lorena Arrarte
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
“Helping children, teens, adults, and parents to become the best version of themselves.”

 Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to visit my page to learn more about how I can help you and your family live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled life.

 

I am passionate about helping people across their life span. I work with children, teens, adults and families who are struggling with a variety of challenges. Whether you or your loved ones are facing challenges of anxiety, depression, grief/loss, low self-esteem, behavioral concerns, academic or social pressures, family conflict/communication, or difficulty adjusting to big changes, I can help. 

 

I am a bilingual counselor (Spanish and English speaking) who offers services in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, and online across the state of Florida via our secure telehealth platform.

 

My goal is to help you gain empowerment, confidence, and autonomy to reach your full potential. My approach is warm collaborative, and culturally-sensitive.  We will work together to develop meaningful goals and find solutions that can help you navigate life at ease.

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My Services

I provide counseling in Spanish and English for people across the lifespan. I work with children, teens, adults, and families experiencing a variety of struggles. I'm also deeply passionate about helping individuals that identify in the LGBTQ and Latinx community.

 

Here are a few of my therapy services: 

 

Counseling for Children & Teens:

 

Is your child or teen experiencing any difficulties with attention, school performance, anxiety, social pressures, grief/loss, low motivation and/or difficulty adjusting to new transitions and/or life experiences? If so, I would be happy to help! 

 

I work with children age 5 on up to 18 through a variety of methods such as play therapy or talk therapy depending on their unique needs, goals, and personality. Through a validating, open and fun environment, I can help your child learn how to better express themselves, feel more confident with who they are, and learn healthier way to cope with life.

 

My approach to working with children and teens is collaborative, fun, and engaging! Kids tend to open up to me easily and find it comforting to work with me. 

 

Family Counseling:

 

If you find yourself feeling stuck or lost about how to best support your kiddos, you’re not alone. Parenting is continued journey about discovering the best way to help your child navigate this world. 

Whether your family is struggling with parenting or co-parenting challenges such as not being on the same page with parenting styles, having trouble getting your child to follow the rules at home or school, having frequent household stress or arguments, experiencing a lack of respect, or difficulty teaching family values, then family therapy could be a huge resource. 

Family therapy creates a safe space where multiple voices, points of view, experiences, hopes, and dreams can be shared between family members. The role of a family therapist is to facilitate the flow of communication by asking questions and empowering the family to work toward shared goals and aspirations. 

 

The goal of family counseling is to promote family cohesion and healthier communication amongst every member. During our sessions with your family, we can work on helping you and your child build a healthier and ever-lasting connection. 

 

Adult Counseling:

 

Everyone goes through difficult situations in life and there is nothing wrong with seeking additional support when needed by working with an expert therapist. As adults, we might face many challenges that can prevent us from being our real selves. This is the time to explore and learn more about yourself and the struggles you might be facing.

Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, trauma, low self-esteem, family discord, or just feeling lost in life, I can help. 

 

I offer adults a safe and empowering space to start their healing journey. During our time, you will grow more self-awareness about those thoughts and behaviors interfering with your ability to stay grounded, connected, and fulfilled. You will also grow your coping toolkit by learning new strategies that can help you manage any life stressors that come your way.


 

EMDR & Trauma Counseling:

 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, mostly known as EMDR, is a specialized psychotherapy technique that assists individuals in alleviate stress associated with any traumatic events or adverse experiences.

 

Through EMDR, you can be able to gain understanding about how your brain has stored these experiences.  Once you gain the necessary skills, you will be able to process these experiences with a lessen emotional response and develop more adaptive self-beliefs and ways to see life.

 

Believe it or not, EMDR is also helpful for teens and children when appropriate. If you're wondering whether EMDR may be helpful for you or your child, I invite you to ask me about it. Call 954-391-5305 for your complimentary consultation. I'd be happy to answer your questions about whether EMDR is the best approach. 

Play Therapy: 

Play therapy is a widely used approach that helps promote socio-emotional development in children. Play time can offer a variety of opportunities for your child to express and share their internal processes and experiences.

 

Through a safe therapeutic relationship and inviting environment, children can enhance their problem-solving, emotional identification, and communication skills. Play therapy can also help to reinforce boundaries, learn new coping strategies, and develop healthier behaviors. 

 

LGBTQ+ & Latinx Communities:

 

As a first generation immigrant from Peru and straight cis-gender female, I am mindful that I am not representative of all marginalized social groups. However, my hope is to provide clients with a culturally-affirming and trauma informed approach to specific issues related to the LGTBQ and Latinx population.

 

It is my goal to provide you with a safe, supportive, and affirmative environment so you can feel free to show up as who you are. We can discuss topics not limited to issues associated with sexual, romantic and gender identity.

 

In addition, we will explore your experience with adjusting to a new culture and "minority stress" such as possible racial discrimination, prejudice, bias, harassment, exclusion, rejection, violence and social stigma. My goal is to help you live your best life. Let me help you get there. 

My Story

My journey in the psychotherapy and counseling field began prior to my educational training. My passion for helping others was learned from observing my grandmother being the leader of my family and my community. Her unconditional support and care paved the way for my curiosity to become a mental health counselor.

After moving from Peru, I struggled with adjusting to a new lifestyle apart from my family and family friends. It was challenging to seek help at first; however, I worked through these difficulties in therapy and found myself feeling free from those fears and self-doubts. 

My thirst for knowledge and curiosity got me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Florida Atlantic University. During my senior year, I grew passion for research and joined a Child Development Lab. I had the opportunity to study parent-child interactions amongst English and Spanish speaking families.

I decided to continue my journey in the psychology field and obtained a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While working on my master’s, I worked at FAU’s Student Accessibilities Office facilitating services to students with various disabilities. I gained understanding and knowledge to best support those with academic difficulties. 

In addition to my post graduate experience, I worked as a primary therapist for over two years helping individuals struggling with substance abuse disorders. 

My years of experience in the field have allow me to center my work in empowering individuals and families seeking to be the better version of themselves. 

My Background
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I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida with more than five years of experience. I have obtained both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Florida Atlantic University.

 

I have continued to further my knowledge on trauma informed therapy and family and couple’s work by attending several trainings. I am well versed in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Gottman Couples Therapy Level I and II, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). 

 

In addition to my trainings, I always shared a passion for helping individuals that identify in the LGBTQ and Latinx community. I have provided professional workshops and I’m continuously advocating for mental health rights.

 

I also actively collaborate in academic research focused on multicultural counseling. I have presented topics tailored to the Latinx population at the 2021 American Counseling Association Conference.  

Just For Fun

Outside of my practice, you can find me spending time with family and friends. I am very passionate for arts and music. Fun fact, I always loved theater and used to audition for local plays back home in Peru. That’s why as an adult, I enjoy being part of local off-Broadway musicals and sing karaoke when possible. 

I also find traveling and exploring new places fascinating. My biggest bucket list is to take a selfie at each of the 7 new Wonders of the World.

Why Work With Me

I provide psychotherapy for children, teens and adults experiencing a wide variety of struggles not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma-related disorders, self-esteem, and major life transitions. Together we can find a path for self-growth and empowerment that can help you reach your full potential.

 

I utilize an individualized approach to fit your needs. I am well versed in play therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). 

 

I also have extensive work with families, children and teens experiencing difficulties at home, schools or with peers. Not to say the least, therapy can be provided in both English or Spanish to accommodate you and/or your families.

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Get Started Today!

I understand and respect how difficult it can be to reach out for help. You've already take a big step by coming to our website and reading my page. Congrats!  

Now it's time to give yourself the opportunity and take the next step in your healing journey! I invite you to contact me at 954.391.5305 for your complimentary consultation.

I provide counseling in Spanish and English for children, teens, adults, and families in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs, Florida as well as online across the state of Florida via our secure telehealth platform. I look forward to working with you! 

 
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