I Support the Latinx Community by Providing Culturally Sensitive and Accessible Mental Health Services
Learn About Me and How I Can Help
Lorena Jimenez, MA
Bilingual Intern Psychotherapist
Hello, my name is Lorena and I’m a bilingual intern psychotherapist at Latinx Talk Therapy. I really value things such as trust, loyalty, and communication as I believe these values really intertwine well when building a therapeutic relationship with clients. As a Latina I am aware of the many struggles the Latinx community experiences daily. I am aware of the stress that people experience when trying to access resources and not being able to obtain them. Reasons like these are why I care about serving my community. I would like to be someone that my community knows that they can ask for help and that their concerns are being taken seriously” or something to that extent.
I’m aware that therapy for many people can be intimidating, especially growing up and conversations about mental health are discouraged, invalidated, or not talked about at all”. Everyone has a story. Everyone has gone through things that have impacted them in some way shape or form. My goal is to help destigmatize any thoughts and feelings clients may have about therapy. I am here as a safe space for you to help you process the struggles you are experiencing. You will not only have a therapist that looks and speaks the same language as you but someone who understands the cultural aspect as well.
Get to Know a Little Bit More About Me
I am a bilingual first-generation Mexican-American and I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in clinical counseling at National Louis University. I was born and raised in the lower west side of Chicago. I obtained my undergraduate degree in psychology at National Louis University in Chicago. I am passionate about mental health, and I am pursuing a master’s in clinical counseling to help BIPOC and immigrant communities since conversations surrounding mental health are not often talked about. Aside from being an intern at Latinx Talk Therapy, I work at Esperanza Health Centers within the behavioral health department primarily working with the Latinx community all over Chicago. Some of my job consists of screening patients, conducting follow-up phone calls, providing referrals, and collaboratively working with medical staff to help establish care plans for patients. Some of my interests include health and fitness. I like to work out and it’s something I try to do as often as I can. I also enjoy listening to music and attending festivals and many of the concerts I’ve been to are mainly Spanish music. My plans are to hopefully obtain my Psy D. in clinical psychology and become a clinical psychologist.
My Therapeutic Approach
My therapeutic approach is viewing clients in a holistic way as it can really help in getting a better understanding of the client. I also gravitate towards a strengths-based, solution-focused, and client-centered approach. However, I do not limit myself to incorporating other therapeutic approaches to best support the client’s needs.