Bralin Jimenez, MACP, Doctoral Student

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Deciding to seek change can often feel more painful than letting go of the behaviors that bring temporary relief or debilitating consequences. Making the decision to seek help can feel overwhelming and is a sign of fortitude. I work collaboratively with individuals on identifying areas of their lives that need adjustment and establishing treatment goals that would provide psychological health and overall well-being. My therapeutic approach is informed by both evidenced-based treatment and your unique needs. I will work at a pace that feels right to you, offering an open space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors without judgement.

Credentials

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP)

Completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Work

Research

My research focuses broadly on the dynamics of addictive behaviors and co-occurring health concerns. I have worked with populations who struggle with addictive behaviors related to substance use, food consumption, and sexual concerns. My work with eating disorders has further developed my interest in researching mental health concerns that incorporate an integrated healthcare approach to treatment. My work has been presented at the Western Psychological Association on the topic of substance use, depression, and motivation to change in an adolescent population.

Future research projects will include areas within the field of sexuality relating to sexual compulsivity, efficacy of treatment for sexual addictive behaviors, and couples therapy in the context of infidelity and sexual concerns.

About Me

I currently am completing my doctorate in counseling psychology at Northwest University. My clinical experience includes working with a diverse range of individuals in the context of individual, family, and group therapy. I have worked with clients who struggled with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, relational conflict, and sexual compulsivity. In addition to counseling, my clinical training is also focused on psychological assessment. I am currently in the process of receiving Level 2 Training in the Gottman Method for couples’ therapy.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes the process of “flow” as an experience of focused attention, balance between skill and challenge, the understanding that the end goal is attainable, and as an activity that is so intrinsically rewarding that a sense of timelessness occurs. I find that my passion for working towards psychological health with people often feels like the state of “flow”. I am dedicated towards helping individuals work through distressing circumstances and finding the balance that both heals and energizes.

It is important that you find a clinician that is a good fit for your needs. If you would like to learn more about my my approach and how I would work with your particular struggles, please contact me.