Deisy Ybarra, MS, LPC, RPT, EMDR Certified

A little about me, my name is Deisy and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.  I am a Registered Play Therapist and an EMDR Certified Therapist.  I have worked in the mental health field for over 5 years. I love working with children, adolescents, and adults.  I have a passion for working with parents because, as a parent myself, I know parenthood can be challenging. 

There is no manual to tell us how to parent.  As a parent myself, I have tried and failed many times. There have been many times when I've met with parents who are desperate to help their children. Throughout my work with children and teens, I have learned that the more I am able to teach parents the skills I have learned, the more likely it will be to obtain the outcome of strengthening the bonds between parent and child. The number 120 is significant. That is the amount of hours parents have each week with their children. We know that 120 is greater than 1.  I could either choose to provide parents with the skills I have learned as a play therapist, a counselor, and a mother, so that they could utilize those skills during the 120 hours they have each week with their children or I can work with a child for less than 1 hour a week. Which do you think is more successful? Gary Landreth and Sue Bratton, the wonderful play therapists, professors and researchers at the University of North Texas, who developed Child Parent Relationship Training (CPRT), noted that parents can be the most effective agents of Change if given the skills.  I have seen that first hand, whether it be collaborating with parents when working with their kids in play therapy or by providing psycho education about child development, trauma and other psychological concerns. When I provide parents with the information they need and encourage them to utilize the skills, their relationship with their children is often strengthened.  My passion for working with families is what drives me  to do this work. If this sounds like the collaborative approach that is right for you and your family,  I will be happy to help.

I also have extensive experience working with trauma.  I have worked with people who have been affected by domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse.  Walking with my clients as they process and heal from their trauma is an honor that I hold sacred.  I have witnessed the struggle and commitment my clients go through in order to work on their healing.  Not everyone is ready to process their trauma, so I make sure to listen and honor my clients' process.

I have also worked with people affected by depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and non-suicidal self injury. I utilize evidenced based treatment in my practice.  There have been times when I have met with clients who truly see no positive outcome or have lost so much hope or motivate.  Yet they have made the decision to try one more thing, Therapy.  They have an innate desire to continue even though things might not seem possible.  Walking with my clients as they learn skills and find hope is so rewarding.  Being able to work with clients that, after some tough work, is so worth it and makes me love what I do. 

 Me llamo Deisy, y soy terapeuta licenciada bilingüe. He trabajado extensamente con la comunidad Latina. Mi enfoque ha sido en resolver los síntomas de trauma y de apego. Tengo especializaciones en terapia de juego y terapia EMDR.  Mi opinión es que la terapia puede ayudarnos a fortalecer nuestras relaciones. Para muchos de nosotros, nos hemos criado con tradiciones que probablemente no nos dejen buscar ayuda por el miedo del "qué dirán", pero he visto un cambio en cómo nuestra comunidad está tratando diferentes métodos para crear relaciones saludables.  Nuestra cultura tiene una riqueza y mucho de qué sentirnos orgullosos.  Y también es posible mejorar y cambiar aspectos que ya no nos sirven.   Me daría mucho gusto poder acompañarlos en esta etapa de su vida.