MONIKA LA NUEZ, LCSW
DBT Therapy for Your Mental Health & Emotional Well Being
Boca Raton, FL
Interested in starting therapy?
Perhaps you’ve found yourself feeling stuck and stagnant, or you’ve found yourself struggling to find purpose and meaning in your life. Maybe you’ve noticed that your relationships are flailing and no longer bringing you joy. Or maybe you’re struggling with negative thoughts about yourself that are limiting your ability to find peace, happiness, and clarity. If any of this feels familiar to you, I can support you in finding the relief you've been seeking. My therapy services can help you work through the following challenges:
Anxiety: If you are struggling with anxious thoughts, panic, fear, and worry, I offer skills and tools to manage and decrease your anxiety symptoms.
Depression: If you're feeling detached from your emotions, have lost interest in the things you used to love, and struggle with feelings of hopelessness, therapy can be a path toward reconnecting with yourself and your life.
Older Adults and Aging: Aging comes with numerous challenges. You may be contending with physical health struggles, finding meaning and purpose in your later years, lamenting past regrets, or encountering conflict in your relationships with adult children and family. Therapy can help you process and gain skills to cope with the challenges of aging.
DBT Therapy: I specialize in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and can work with you on building mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.
Grief and Loss: If you are coping with the death of a loved one, I offer grief counseling services to help you process your grief. I believe that grief knows no timeline, and offer you a safe space to feel any emotions related to your grief openly and authentically.
Perinatal and Postpartum Mental Health: If you are struggling with anxiety during and after your pregnancy, or are dealing with pregnancy loss or postpartum depression, I can help you cope with the challenges that trying to conceive, pregnancy, and motherhood present.
Couples Therapy: I help couples work through their conflicts, develop better communication, and restore trust and closeness with one another.
You deserve to feel happiness, joy, and peace. As your therapist, it is my goal to pinpoint the problems that are keeping you stuck, and to provide you with the tools to start feeling better. I provide therapy both in person and online, and offer a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation. I welcome you to reach out to see how I can help you start on the path toward your most fulfilling and joyful life.
Hi, I'm Monika. I am dedicated to helping clients find relief from emotional pain and gain coping skills to better manage life’s challenges. I've been working in the mental health field for over ten years and own a private therapy practice in Boca Raton, FL, where I specialize in working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, life stressors, and issues around aging. I utilize DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) to help clients gain skills to manage difficult emotions, handle crises effectively, express their needs to others, and become more mindful of their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. I am also an advocate of promoting women’s access to mental health, with a focus on offering maternal mental health services to women experiencing perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. I also offer services in Spanish.
I provide a compassionate, warm environment for you to openly share what you are thinking and feeling. Together, we will identify the roadblocks which are keeping you from feeling better, and identify skills and tools you can use to begin feeling relief from your pain. I am truly dedicated to supporting you in reaching your therapeutic goals and to achieving increased peace, joy, and contentment. I look forward to hearing from you and supporting you on your path to healing.
I provide individual DBT therapy to adults, and have extensive experience working with issues surrounding anxiety, depression, grief and loss, aging, relationship conflicts, maternal mental health , and self-esteem. I strive to create a space in which you feel able to openly discuss all your thoughts and feelings, in order for us to connect the dots about your struggles and identify solutions to help improve your quality of life.
I am formally trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and can provide DBT skills training sessions. During these sessions, clients will learn about how to implement emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and mindfulness skills. DBT is an evidence-based therapy, which has proven to be effective for clients experiencing Borderline Personality Disorder, substance abuse, depression, and Bipolar Disorder.
OLDER ADULTS AND AGING
I offer support to older adults struggling with the challenges of aging. This season of life can be riddled with significant hardships, including the loss of loved ones, increased health concerns, physical pain, divorce, fear of death, challenges in relationships with adult children, and feeling regret about past life decisions. It can be difficult to work through these issues alone, and therapy can provide a much needed outlet and source of support.
PERINATAL & POSTPARTUM MENTAL HEALTH
I am an advocate of supporting women and their mental health, with a particular focus on maternal mental health issues such as pregnancy loss, infertility, postpartum depression and anxiety, and struggles with motherhood and parenting. I completed my training in perinatal mood disorders and perinatal mental health psychotherapy via Postpartum Support International in October 2019.
ADDICTION AND RECOVERY
I work with clients to examine their addiction patterns in order to achieve greater understanding of the function of their addiction to achieve emotional relief. In understanding that, clients can then identify replacement behaviors and skills to achieve sobriety. Clients also explore how to develop healthier, more compassionate relationships with themselves to help support long-term recovery.
THERAPY FOR ANXIETY
Anxiety can cause significant impairment to clients and their well-being. I utilize my training in DBT and CBT to help clients gain tools to change thinking patterns which may be contributing to their anxiety and depression symptoms, along with strategies to create behavior changes which help to achieve an improved outlook on life.
Perhaps you are feeling disconnected from your partner or struggling to communicate in ways that help you feel understood and validated. Maybe you feel like you are living with a roommate or a stranger and have lost that spark in your relationship that once brought you joy and comfort. Couples therapy is an effective option toward giving you tools and techniques to foster the communication and physical and emotional intimacy you desire.
The loss of a beloved family member, friend, or loved one can be one of the hardest experiences to live through. Grief can be deeply lonely, confusing, and heart-wrenching, often leaving you feeling adrift and unmoored. I offer grief counseling services that help validate your pain and allow you the space to grieve openly and freely, while supporting you in meeting your physical and emotional needs, and identifying coping mechanisms to provide emotional relief from the pain you are carrying.
THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION
Lately you find it difficult to get out of bed. You no longer feel joy toward the hobbies or interests that once filled your days. Completing basic tasks feels overwhelming and insurmountable. I provide therapy services to help get to the biological, psychological, and emotional root of your depression, and to help you begin identifying and implementing steps that will help you feel emotional relief and hope toward your future.
6919 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33433