- LGBTQ Population
- College Students
- Young Adults
Dillon Espinosa, LCMHCA
Have you felt stuck recently or do you feel like no matter how hard you try, you’re not seeing the change you want to see? I get it. Sometimes life feels like a giant wave crashing down on you, but if the ocean can calm itself, I believe we can too. But even when the ocean is calm, that doesn’t mean the waves stop. My goal is to help you ride the waves instead of drowning in them. Therapy can provide you with insight into how to get out of this rut.
My Background and Approach
I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Louisville, and my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During my time at UofL, I worked in hospital settings, university settings, and in private practice. My approach is a blend between cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and person-centered therapy. “What does that mean,” you ask? Great question. CBT is more focused on how our thoughts impact our emotions and behaviors (this is more of a hands-on, directive, and goal oriented approach). Person-centered therapy is a non-directive approach focused on building self-actualizing tendencies (similar to calling a friend to vent about something and feeling better after, even though your friend barely said a word). I believe therapy is a partnership, meaning that we will work collaboratively to create positive outcomes.
What To Expect In Session with Me
It’s very common to be a little nervous before your first appointment. It’s also completely natural to experience uncertainty surrounding therapy. My goal is to make those fears fade away when you step into the warm and inviting office space. My style of therapy is pretty laid back and I try to incorporate humor into my practice (therapy doesn’t have to be serious all the time!). I also try to bridge the gap between the mind and body, because mental health and physical health go hand-in-hand.
The first session is called “the intake.” During this session we will go through some questions together so I can get a high-level overview of who you are and get a better understanding of what brought you to counseling (it’s also totally normal and okay if you have difficulty articulating a specific reason. Some issues are hard to put into words. That’s what I’m here for!). From there, I can give you an idea of how therapy works and what to expect in subsequent sessions. Due to Covid-19, most of our sessions will be virtual, however, it’s possible to meet in-person every few months depending on availability.
My Beliefs and Interests
As a therapist, one of my primary goals is to break the negative stigma that surrounds going to therapy, because as human beings, sometimes we need a little help. As a member of the LGBT community, I support initiatives that help underserved, underrepresented and marginalized populations, and I believe that everyone should have access to quality mental healthcare. I also support organizations that fight social injustice, systemic racism, and oppression. I consider myself to be a progressive person by nature, but I also think it’s my duty not only as a therapist but as a person to educate myself on new issues that arise in society. When I am not working, I am either teaching or practicing yoga, exercising, playing/watching sports (Go Cards!), or binge watching some of my favorite shows on Netflix.
I look forward to working with you soon!