Welcome! Getting started can be difficult, so to bypass that: I am Coral Sanchez, pronoun she/her, and look forward to meeting you.
Associate Professional Counselor in Newport Beach, CA
Supervised by Dr. Mickey Wilson, LMFT
The world is full of stress: from traffic, taxes, job related stressors, and relationship problems. There is even more stress when that world has historically been very oppressive to the LGBTQ community. Whether you are out or have decided against it, there is this very real fear that the people around you will not accept you for who you are and that hurts, especially when it is someone you love. And then there is anxiety, depression, and trauma. Call today for help (714) 683-4237.
It is not easy being gender-fluid in a gender binary world. People may not always understand that affirmed gender may not match assigned sex, and that gender-affirming surgery may not be an option or a choice for everyone. Even within the LGBTQ community, there is no one "right way" that works for all. And while you cannot control everything around you, I believe you should be free to select your path and will support you along that journey.
Lets be real, this world still has a lot to learn about the LGBTQ community. From the most educated of medical professionals, the people you work with, and possibly even some members of your family, there seems to be a lot of confusion about LGBTQ issues. At times it can feel like you cannot be yourself because others may be offended or ask very person questions they have no business asking. Or worse, there is the fear of being attacked for being yourself. Lets set aside time to talk.
So what even is Interpersonal Therapy? It is a form of therapy that focuses on you and your relationships with others. The idea is that by examining and improving the quality of relationships with others, we can improve our mental wellbeing. We can improve our relationships with others and ourselves by teasing out the patterns we use in relationships and switching to more helpful patterns. Give me a call to see how you can benefit from this.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is based on the notion that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all interconnected, with each one having an impact on the other two. It trains you to question whether or not your thoughts are facts, which can helps you respond to a situation rather than react in a manner you may later regret. I have further training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which uses a framework designed to be of particular benefit to individuals with trauma.
Our experiences shape who we become. And we all have our share of difficult experiences. Dealing with those difficulties can be terrifying, especially when you aren't quite sure your partner understands how you feel, or seem to be on a different page. Whether it is relationship problems, work-stress having deteriorating your relationship, or life-changing situations, couples counseling can help you deal with the difficulties and understand where each person is coming from.
PTSD has a way of taking over you and in many cases making you seem like an entirely different person. The things you used to care about no longer interest you, you can't sleep and when you do, its filled with nightmares. Flashbacks seem to sneak up on you, and these days any noise makes you jump. I have extensive experience working with individuals that have PTSD and I can assure you, it gets better. Call me so we can set you up for a better tomorrow, you don't have to live in the past.
Things that used to result in little arguments that could be brushed away now become big fights. You may have begun to feel isolated and alone even when surrounded by people. Your loved ones comment on how “on edge” you always seem to be. Everything seems to set you off. In therapy, we can work on further developing skills to assist you in dealing with situations that trigger your anger. By addressing the things that set off the anger, we can improve the quality of your relationships.
When your job is to help people in the most stressful of situations, job stress reaches a whole new level. Job stress does not stay with you at work. It goes home with you, eats meals with you, follows you into your relationships, friendships, everywhere. It doesn't care that you're off the clock. I work with clients to reduce the stress invading their lives. Together we can find a solution so that you can be free to enjoy your life.