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VITO PELIKAN, LMHC

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A BIT OF HISTORY

A Bit of History

I actually started in IT before finding myself in the helping profession. I loved working with computers and technology but I found that I loved working closely with individuals more.

In my clinical training, I had the opportunity to work under the excellent supervision of Angel Lopez while becoming effective in evidenced based individual and family therapy models as well as trauma-informed cognitive-behavioral therapy and relapse prevention models. 

What I bring to you along with my experience is patience, understanding, and empathy. I make connections and untangle the mess of our minds. ​

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HOW DO I FIND A GOOD THERAPIST?



Therapists, like any professional, come in many different flavors. Above all, trust your intuition when collaborating with a therapist. If you feel comfortable and secure, then you are likely in the right place. And if you feel challenged sometimes, even better. Remember, you might not always like your therapist when they push you towards change. 

Outside of that, there are some things to be aware of:


  • A therapist should not be talking about themselves for the entire session. Self-disclosure should be insightful and applicable to you.

  • A therapist should be using best practices. While there is room for flexibility in our practice, therapeutic interventions should be evidenced based and practiced with fidelity. 

  • A therapist should not be giving you advice. That job belongs to friends, family, and acquaintances. The relationship with a therapist is unique in the sense that you can exist without judgement and bias. A therapist can listen, guide, and educate, but shouldn't be governing your autonomy. 

  • A therapist should be collaborating with you on your goals. There shouldn't be any secrets or deception about the direction of your treatment. 

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