Good day! My name is Victoria Serrano and I am happy that you are reaching out for support! Here is the information you are looking for: I obtained a Masters Degree in Psychology in 1992. I am licensed as a Professional Counselor (KY LPCC # 165648) as well as a Clinical Addictions Counselor (KY LCADC #170488). I've been working to support and empower those in need for over 25 years. I think that speaks to my dedication and fulfillment in the field. I have worked with a very diverse population as well as in a variety of settings. I have worked in residential, inpatient, outpatient, government, and private sectors. I have worked with people from all walks of life. I truly believe we exist in one global community and as such, are obligated to support and lift our neighbors who are in need. We are stronger together.
I am very comfortable addressing issues around depression, anxiety, relationships, substance addiction, goal-setting, trauma, adoption ,and LGBTQ challenges. My methods are drawn from evidence-based theories such as Cognitive-Behavioral, Dialectical-Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness Theory. I am also experienced with facilitating basic muscle relaxation and healing imagery methods. Which strategies we utilize will depend upon your needs and personality. Therapy must be tailored to each individual client.
We are all brought up learning a set of communication skills, some constructive, some destructive. When you sit and think about it, it's a wonder we humans get anything accomplished at all! There are many nuances in communicating that are often missed and misinterpreted, such as tone, nonverbal cues, hidden messages. No two people have the exact same type of "language". Relationships can be very fulfilling and also very challenging. There are 3 beings involved: person A, person B, and the two together - the "couple". Each are equally important and have needs. I believe relationship therapy requires a mediator who is able to support each entity, calmly helping each to really hear the other and work toward common goals.
I believe a successful therapeutic partnership is based on mutual respect and honesty. Therapy must be non-judgmental and compassionate. Ethical boundaries and privacy are of utmost importance. In my experience, it typically takes weeks, months, and even years of struggling with dysfunctional patterns before someone actually reaches out for help. So again, good for you! I understand that. It takes courage and determination to open up to a stranger about personal matters. An objective person is often exactly what we need to understand and help. Family and friends are a wonderful source of support, but sometimes our stress involves these individuals and getting a clear, objective and confidential opinion can be the key.
I sincerely hope you find the help you are looking for. Feel free to connect with me if you have any questions. Whoever you choose to work with, make sure you feel respected, heard, and supported. Everyone deserves that.
Regards, V Serrano
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
Trauma and abuse , Grief , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Divorce and Separation , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Family of Origin Issues , Gender Dysphoria , Guilt and Shame , HIV / AIDS , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Personality Disorders , Phobias , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Posttraumatic Stress , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LPCC #165648 (Expires: 2021-12-31)
VIctoria is a caring, insightful character who has been instrumental in helping us to navigate a difficult time in our relationship. Highly recommended.
Vicki has been absolutely amazing with my spouse and I and has great advice and tools to help guide both of us to happier times.