I Support the Latinx Community by Walking Alongside Them on Their Journey of Self-Understanding and Healing
Learn About Me and How I Can Help
Crystal Manjarrez, MA
Hello. My name is Crystal Manjarrez, and I am a Bilingual Psychotherapist Intern at Latinx Talk Therapy. I am currently working toward attaining my Master of Arts in Counseling through the Family Institute at Northwestern University. I practice from a mix of person-centered, psychodynamic, and multicultural approaches. I also utilize DBT and mindfulness based interventions and techniques. I believe that individuals are inclined toward personal growth, and a strong therapeutic relationship built on trust and compassion can allow individuals to realize that capability. Through this foundation of trust, I provide individuals with a space to explore how their past experiences impact their current realities. Together, we find ways to move forward and live a meaningful and fulfilling life.
As a Latina, I understand firsthand some of the mental health challenges our communities experience. I have seen the stigma around mental health treatment and the lack of access to mental healthcare. I understand the importance of having culturally informed and culturally humble practitioners in the mental health field. My passion is in providing culturally competent care, empathy, and understanding in order to foster confidence and healing.
You Don’t Have to Face Your Struggles Alone, I Am Here to Help
I have worked with adults who experience anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and effects of trauma. I have seen individuals struggling with things such as low self esteem, hopelessness, fear, panic, isolation, anger, feeling stuck, etc. I have seen these same individuals grow, reach their goals, experience joy, and live meaningful lives. It is possible to experience happiness, acceptance, and success while also experiencing pain, mental illness, and uncertainty. My goal is to help you learn how to get there.
Get to Know A Little Bit More About Me
I am a U.S. born daughter of Mexican immigrant parents. I grew up speaking Spanish and surrounded by culture in my home. I was born and raised in the larger Chicago area and plan to continue my work here. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 2019 where I studied Psychology and Latinx Studies. While doing research on Latinx mental health as well as through attempting to access mental healthcare myself, I saw the gaps in access and quality of treatment for the Latinx community. I am dedicated to advocacy and activism to promote quality treatment that is accessible to all members of our community.
Outside of a professional context, things that keep me happy and grounded are my family, nature, plants, my friends, reading, and video games.
I work with low-income, BIPOC young adults in transition periods. I help clients dealing with issues of acculturation, self-esteem, body image, work-life balance, effects of racism and microaggressions, and other issues. I have worked with adults with anxiety, depression, trauma, and eating disorders. Together, we can find a path to healing.