I Support the Latinx Community by Addressing Culture and Mental Health
Learn About Me & How I Can Help
Maritza Aceves, LSW
Hello, my name is Maritza Aceves and I’m a bilingual (Spanish & English) psychotherapist at Latinx Talk Therapy. As a trauma-sensitive therapist, I work through an integrative lens when providing care. My clinical approach will vary depending on the client’s experiences, preferences, and needs. I am trained in motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based approaches, creative arts, and drama therapy. I also have extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy, an intervention proven to be effective for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and complex trauma. I take a holistic, caring, and individualized approach to therapy by actively listening to clients and constructively engaging with them. I believe that a therapeutic alliance can be an important step in the healing process; therefore, my motive strives to provide a safe space for emotions to be understood, processed and coped with.
You Don’t Have to Face Your Struggles Alone, I Am Here to Help
As a Latinx individual myself, I understand the importance of honoring and embracing our experiences. I can also understand the areas of mental health stigma that can hold in our community which at times can feel discouraging. It is not easy to change the way how others may perceive mental health, but we hold the power to heal ourselves; therefore, my aim is to guide you in empowering yourself in order to improve the quality of your life.
Get to Know A Little Bit More About Me
I am a Mexican-American who was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. My first language has been Spanish then it transitioned to English and eventually also Spanglish. As a first-generation college student, I attended UIC Jane Addams College of Social work and obtained my Masters in Mental Health. Being specialized in the mental health field with my working experiences thus internships I was honored to work with a wide variety of people that including ethnic, age, culture, LGBTQ, & (dis)abilities/mental illnesses. These previous experiences were obtained in working in the following areas: Inpatient Psychiatric-social worker, Social Work Advocate for Disabled Youth, and a therapist in a non-profit as well as private practice.
My strong ties and my love for our mental health rights go far beyond just a job title. As a student experience, graduating with a degree in sociology and a continuation as a psychotherapist is an honor and a privilege to support and empower the Latinx Community.
Most of my experiences have been with ethnic minorities. As of lately, my focus has been more on: younger adults, middle age adults, and older adults who have been primarily from Spanish-speaking/Latinx communities which continue to be recognized.
I am a certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and my specialty has been more centered on trauma. Additionally, I have also worked in the following areas: adjustment to depression, anxiety, coping with stress/coping skills, life transitions, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), self-esteem, family conflict, mood disorders, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), peer relationships, parenting and grief/loss/disability. I enjoy art myself and so I welcome creativity during session time as I also can provide art therapy approaches during session time. Furthermore, I also offer individual therapy(young adult, middle adult & older adult), family therapy, and couples.