HI, MY NAME IS TANIA PAREDES

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker living in Miami, FL. I also hold a Diplomate designation in Clinical Social Work.  I have a passion for helping people better understand themselves and giving them the tools for success.

MY SKILL SET

I was awarded the White House Fellowship by the Department of Health where I participated in researching treatments for various mental disorders in Washington, D.C. My training was further extended at the University of Miami’s prestigious Mailman Center for Child Development and received additional training in trauma and abuse (both sexual & physical), through the University of Miami Child Protection Team. After several years working at various community mental health agencies, I began my Private Practice in 2003 and have since focused on advancing my clinical skills through various seminars and trainings.

In 2013 I decided to begin studies for my doctorate education. My focus has been in the area of post partum depression in women and men. This vulnerable time post baby and the body’s emotional response in both parents is one of my research interests.  My over 15 years as a clinician has proven a valuable skill in helping my new love of research. I research and publish studies in this area.

I use a variety of techniques and interventions, and I specify focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. My counseling model focuses on solutions in order for you to make powerful and positive changes in your life. Client-centered counseling does not use diagnoses, but helps the client be what they are: “an Expert in their lives,” this includes unconditional positive regard, empathy and trust.

I’ll show you what’s right with you and help you change what you feel is wrong. I use a cognitive behavioral approach which is a form of psychotherapy that aims to influence and change negative emotions, irrational thoughts and beliefs that are preventing your natural self-growth and happiness. CBT helps in that the therapist and the client work together as a team to identify and solve problems. Therapists use the Cognitive model to help clients overcome their difficulties by changing their thinking, behavior, and emotional responses. The cognitive model describes how people’s perceptions of, or spontaneous thoughts about, situations influence their emotional, behavioral (and often physiological) reactions. How you think affects how you react/respond. Individuals’ perceptions are often distorted and dysfunctional when they are distressed. They can learn to identify and evaluate their “automatic thoughts” (spontaneously occurring verbal or imaginal cognitions), and to correct their thinking so that it more closely resembles reality. When they do so, their distress usually decreases, they are able to behave more functionally.

My style seeks to identify “problem cycles” and helps you regain that control of your life, that only you should have. Identifying patterns will help you see the pitfalls and help them avoid them and not let control you. I do not run a quantity practice. I focus on quality of service and limit myself on a manageable number of clients, where I can provide discreet and private counseling in a safe and comfortable environment.

I am trained to intervene or provide support for a countless number of issues, far too many to list in any comprehensive way. While counseling might be helpful in numerous situations, there are some conditions in which I strongly encourage you to seek counseling services:

  • You are unhappy on most days or feel sense of hopelessness

  • You worry excessively or are constantly on edge

  • You are unable to concentrate on your work or other activities

  • You are unable to sleep at night or constantly feel tired

  • You have experienced a change in your appetite or your weight

  • You have experienced a loss (e.g. a relationship breakup, a parent’s death)

  • You feel a sense of emptiness and loneliness

  • You have increased your use of alcohol or other drugs (including cigarettes)

  • You feel overwhelmed by what is going on in your life

  • You are at a crossroads with a life change or life decision

  • You are having thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else