About

Hi! My name is Jerry and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California specializing in individual therapy.  With 11 years of counseling experience, I primarily work with young adults on treating depression and anxiety and other common issues like relationship problems, career issues, dating issues, men’s issues, cultural issues, purpose and identity, self-esteem, phase-of-life transitions, LGBQT issues, adolescent conduct problems, crisis, trauma, grief/bereavement, and anger.

My Counseling Style

My approach as your therapist is to create a therapeutic partnership that will value and leverage your strengths and resources to help you recognize the most powerful and authentic version of you, overcome self-limiting beliefs and negative thought patterns, and build inner confidence to pursue your best life.

First, know that the difficult and troublesome feelings you are experiencing are a common part of the human experience.  Therefore you are not alone although it may feel that way sometimes.  As your therapist, I will work alongside you as together we tackle the issues that may be interfering with your natural capacity to reach your goals.

I utilize an integrative counseling approach, adapting techniques from evidence-based counseling therapies to suit your needs based on your unique situation and aspired goals. The therapies I often borrow from, however, are Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.  Many of the techniques in these therapies are designed to illuminate the innate strengths and resources you possess, understand your behavioral and thought processes, and develop new insights leading to greater self-awareness, conscious decision making, and inspired alternative solutions.  At the end of each session, we will collaboratively build a specific Action Plan designed to reinforce and apply what you’ve learned in session in order to help you achieve your therapy goals quicker.

I will also encourage you through gentle accountability and coaching in order to bring out the best in you and ensure you are achieving the results you’re looking for. I value open and authentic communication, so if a specific counseling strategy or technique is not working for you, I always welcome and value honest client feedback to inform our direction and meet your needs.

Most importantly, I will listen wholeheartedly, provide you with meaningful information and practical feedback in a non-judgmental manner, and fully support you and your goals.  I am excited about helping you understand and resolve issues, but ultimately I’m passionate about helping you elevate your life – to rise above and create positive change.

Contact me today.  I would love to work with you.  I offer a free 20-minute video or phone consultation.  I can also speak and write fluently in Spanish.

On a Personal Note…

I have a smart and beautiful five-year-old son who I love with all my heart…and who daily challenges me to grow in every respect. In my free time, I enjoy working out, hiking, salsa dancing, hanging out with my son, and traveling when I can.  For professional development in the field of counseling, I regularly attend workshops and conferences, take online courses, and read professional journals on clinical psychology and psychotherapy. I’m currently completing the certification process for Certified Cognitive Behavior Therapist through the Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Education

B.A. in English from California State University, Stanislaus (Turlock, CA.)

M.A. in Counseling Education from CSU Stanislaus (Turlock, CA.)

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California (LPCC 6283)

Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF #14284)

Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider (BC-TMH #1761)

Pupil Personnel Services Credential in California (PPSC #170046953)

 


JerryOchoa@ElevateLifeCounseling.com 209-985-6332

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