Charity Vizcaino-Strand, LPC Associate
Supervised by Janise Pries, LPC-S
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” -Carl R. Rogers
Hi there! In our fast-paced, busy world it can be difficult to find or make the time to take care of ourselves, and yet, here you are. Usually, people come to therapy in times of deep hurt and self-doubt. For others, therapy can be a place of exploration and learning more about who they are. Whatever circumstance is bringing you to us, congratulations on taking this step of healing and self-discovery. I’m so glad you are here.
One of the biggest needs we have as humans is the need to be seen and heard, just as we are. I believe that the connection between client and therapist is a vital foundation for doing meaningful, inner work. While I will provide skills along the way, I will look to YOUR expertise about yourself and life, so that we can tailor therapy for you. You have agency in your life, and I want to empower you to make choices that help you live the life you deserve. I strive to create an authentic and warm environment for us to collaborate on your presenting concerns. In a safe connected space, you will be free to explore more of yourself and learn skills to add to the strengths you already possess. I wholeheartedly believe in your ability to blossom, even after it might have felt like life has knocked you off your feet.
A little about me:
I tend to work with individuals dealing with: Anxiety, body image concerns, life changes, perfectionism, history of sexual trauma, and depression.
I fell in love with the field of psychology my first semester of community college after taking a Psychology 101 course. Immediately after that semester, I marched down the registrar’s office and declared that my major. Ever since then, I have been on a journey to becoming the best therapist for you. I graduated with my B.A. in Psychology from my hometown at the University of Texas at El Paso. Desiring to be a clinical counselor, I moved to San Diego and attended the University of San Diego where I received an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Although I am taking a break right now, I have been studying to get my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology for the past 3 years. Throughout these educational experiences, I have been privileged to work with clients in a variety of settings, from homeless veterans with substance addictions, psychiatric hospitals, community centers, and a university center.
When I’m not in the therapist chair, I enjoy spending time with those whom I love: Mainly my husband, friends, and family. I’m an extroverted introvert (whatever that means??) so I love a good balance of social life and being a homebody. Things that bring me joy are going for long walks, yoga, a good TV binge, organizing (I know, I know my friends think it’s strange too), and baking.
It's my honor to be let into your life. Please feel free to reach out to me so we can see if I’m a good fit for your needs.
Area of Expertise
Person-Centered, Warm, Authentic, Affirming
Personal growth/exploration, boundary setting, feminist, strengths-based approach to healing from sexual and domestic abuse, mind/body education
Inner Child work, self-compassion, values, mindfulness
Techniques & Experience
Janise Pries, LPC-S