Meet Roberta (that’s me!) & Learn How I Can Help
Before I tell you about myself, I would like you to pause and take a moment to give yourself some praise. By visiting a therapist’s website, it shows you are taking the time to look into the steps that could help you do something about your anxiety and self-esteem. I want to commend you for taking the first step. I encourage you to keep the momentum up!
It’s time you got the right tools & support.
Feeling anxious or beating yourself like you just aren’t good enough because of your low self-esteem can make you feel powerless. You might have even spent time wondering why you can’t just get better by yourself. I am here to tell you that you don’t have to face these questions on your own anymore.
I consider it a privilege to help people learn the techniques they need to live they life they want. It is my mission to arm you with practical tools to stop feeling stuck.
Get ready for a victory lap.
My favorite part of my job happens after working with a client and they say to me with a huge smile on their face… “My anxiety and self-esteem isn’t consuming my life anymore. I feel free!”. I always tell them to throw their hands in the air and do a victory lap…or even a victory dance!
I’m serious we literally throw our hands in the air and do a victory lap together. We sometimes even do a victory dance! I mean, I am Brazilian by heritage, I will take any opportunity to put on music and dance! Take a moment and envision yourself cherishing the sweet taste of victory and reaching your goals. Running around for your victory lap, or shaking those hips like Shakira for your victory dance while I cheer you on.
Start to plan your victory lap or dance. Regardless I will be playing a great anthem for you! Just let me know the song in advance. Of course I take requests.
I am Roberta Alves, and I have my own private practice called the Essence of Healing Counseling Services since 2013. I am proud to be a woman small business owner. I came from a long line of of entrepreneurs and business owners for many generations! All Brazilian, from small towns to big cities in Brazil. I am the first generation in Amercia. My clients (pre COVID-19 that would see me in my office) came from all over South Florida.
Now due to COVID-19, I have counseling clients from all over Florida. As I can provide online therapy services to any person located within in the state of Florida. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (License # MH 13397). I have a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Don’t let that place me into a box in your mind. I came into the counseling field later in my life. I was in the business and legal worlds first, where I thought my destiny was. Phew! I dodged a bullet. Kidding, I’m truly grateful for my previous degrees and years of work experience.
Straight up Science AKA Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
In addition to a counseling degree, I received further training and became a Certified Anxiety Specialist through the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists. Cognitive Behavioral therapy is an approach that is scientifically based with research and evidence. One of its great benefits is that it is solution focused and brief. I go into detail explaining how it works on its own page here on my website.
As someone who is business minded and had a legal background I LOVE research and evidence based approaches. If you come at me with crystals, shamans, and feathers… you’re going to lose me. If you are looking for that type of therapist, I am not the person for you. But I will take the time to refer someone to you. As everyone has their match.
An Interactive Approach
When a client is open to it, I use alternative methodologies along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. By using a well rounded and highly interactive approach in therapy my clients achieve results much more quickly. This is always within partnership with my client.
This includes the use of:
- Mindfulness meditation instruction
- Essential oils that have scientific research behind them
- Interactive app technology
- Referrals to health care providers if any health issues arise
- VIP coordination of care with other health care providers
Some fun facts about me… I was born in Australia, but my entire family comes from Brazil. I moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida when I was about three years old so I consider myself “almost” a native Floridian. When breaking the ice at dinner parties sometimes I make a terrible cheesy therapist joke. I mention that I speak multiple languages. I am fluent in English, Portuguese, anxiety, and self-esteem.
Get on the path to move past anxiety & low self-esteem
I would love the opportunity to work with you to start your journey towards a life that is no longer limited by anxiety or low self-esteem. Contact me at 954-526-4006 to schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation, or your first counseling session.