Nadine Burgos, LMSW
Firstly, you should thank yourself for making the commitment to therapy. I know that many of us may struggle with confronting our feelings and examining the most private parts of ourselves, including the known and unknown; but it doesn’t have to feel overwhelming because support is here. Hello! I’m Nadine and I like to think of myself as a therapist who will also be your:
- teacher/goal setter
My speciality is working with adult clients who struggle with anxiety and depression. I work from a strengths perspective and believe that each client has the capacity to create the desired change they want within themselves. I have a special interest in working with POC. I utilize evidenced-based practices including CBT, DBT, and Attachment-Based Therapy to better help clients see how their own attachments to primary caregiving figures in early childhood impact their interpersonal, dating, and marriage challenges. I also work with clients struggling with situational depression (adjustment disorder). We work through ways of coping with stress, feelings of hopelessness or sadness, as well as setting goals towards treating psychosomatic and physical symptoms that can occur after going through a stressful life event and complex post-traumatic stress. Additionally, I see couples in treatment. I'm drawn to understanding how couples communicate and how they collaborate in therapy to develop more mutually satisfying relationships.
For over a decade I worked as a teacher. I worked closely with general and special education populations, providing supports to children and adolescents diagnosed with learning, emotional, and behavioral disabilities. Many of these disabilities are not restricted to children. I also work with adult clients who seek treatment to help with ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
My approach can best be described as client-centered, eclectic/integrative, and draws from various orientations. We can develop a framework that allows us to work on a range of approaches that are most effective for addressing your own specific therapeutic needs. Having a background in education allows me to incorporate psychoeducational supports in therapy. We may incorporate videos, assigned readings, worksheets, and journalling assignments related to treatment. Using assessment tools to help understand your learning can help with procrastination, prioritizing, planning, and organization skills at work. We will work to formulate goals and tasks that connect with your individual learning style to ultimately change self-defeating behavior. Here is where we set accountability, so please be committed to doing the homework.
How I Help
I acknowledge that our past experiences shape our beliefs, however we possess an innate power to surpass our struggles. Therapy is a collaborative effort. We will build a strong therapeutic alliance through a safe and judgment-free platform. Together we will help you to look at things objectively, challenge your negative beliefs, identify negative behavioral patterns, and implement “SMART” Goals towards change. I encourage feedback, participation, and goal setting as ways of motivating change, but also respect that each client moves at a difference pace. I believe that as therapists we must be willing to face our own history and continue through a discovery of ourselves to better help others.
More About Me
When I’m not working I love spending time with family and friends and cuddling up with my Maltese Luna. I love animals, playing the piano, the outdoors, and traveling. I believe we must find time to dedicate to self-care and we don’t have to break the bank to do it. I’m a life-long learner. I try my best to practice what I preach, and consider myself a warrior in this journey called life.