About Counseling & Your Therapist
Get Ready for a Victory Lap
Before I tell you about me I would like you to pause and take a moment to give yourself some praise. By you visiting my website I know you have taken some time and made the decision to at least start looking into the steps it will take to do something about your anxiety. You have decided that enough is enough and that being overwhelmed by anxiety should become a thing of the past for you. I want to commend you for taking the first step and I encourage you to keep the momentum up!
Anxiety can feel defeating and make you feel powerless. I am sure you have spent time beating yourself up wondering why you can’t just get rid of it yourself. I am here to tell you that you don’t have to face it on your own anymore. I consider it a privilege to help people learn the techniques they need to control anxiety. It is my mission to arm you with the tools to stop feeling overwhelmed, worried, and running on empty. I am here to help you gain back control of your life.
My favorite part of my job happens after a few sessions of working with a client and they walk into my office with a huge smile on their face and say “Anxiety isn’t consuming my life anymore!”. I always tell them to throw their hands in the air and do a victory lap around my office. I’m serious we literally throw our hands in the air and do a victory lap, some even do a victory dance. Take a minute and envision yourself walking into my office and telling me the same thing. You can get there too. I know this because people who have anxiety are highly motivated and always willing to work hard to do whatever it takes to beat anxiety. I am looking forward to the day you do a victory lap or dance around my office.
I am Roberta Alves and I am the owner of the Essence of Healing Counseling. My clients come from all over South Florida including Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Hallandale, Davie, Coral Springs, Hollywood, and the Miami areas. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (License # MH 13397) in the state of Florida. I have a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. In addition to my degree, I received further training and became a Certified Anxiety Specialist through the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists. I feel truly blessed to have found my calling in life and absolutely love what I do.
Knowledge is power and I am constantly researching effective and innovative techniques to use when providing clients with counseling. I specialize in using a type of therapy that is based on research and scientific evidence called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It has been proven through numerous research studies to be highly effective in treating anxiety. I believe in combining alternative methodologies along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and use meditation instruction, essential oils, and interactive app technology in my counseling sessions. By using a well rounded and highly interactive approach in therapy my clients achieve results much more quickly.
Some fun facts about me is that I was born in Australia, but my entire family comes from Brazil. I moved to Florida when I was only three years old so I consider myself “almost” a native Floridian. I speak Portuguese fluently and offer all my counseling services in Portuguese as well.
I would love the opportunity to work with you to start your journey towards a life that is no longer limited by anxiety. Please contact me to schedule an appointment at my office located in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. I also offer phone and video sessions for clients that live farther away, or for those who want the convenience of not having to come into my office.