2863 Executive Park Drive Suite 106 Weston, FL 33331 954-650-3561
LDP_6205

"My passion is helping individuals, couples, and families find a greater sense of connection."

- Monica Arroyo, LCSW

"My passion is helping individuals, couples, and families find a greater sense of connection."

- Monica Arroyo, LCSW

LDP_6205
LDP_6205

"My passion is helping individuals, couples, and families find a greater sense of connection."

- Monica Arroyo, LCSW

On a personal note…

Monica Arroyo PsychotherapistI am originally from South America; born and raised in Lima, Peru. My family relocated to New York City in the 1990’s due to the increase in violence and uncertainty that the country was experiencing. We were faced with many of the issues that new immigrant families have to face: learning a new language, a new culture and having to start all over again. I think this is where my sense of hopefulness and resiliency comes from. I believe that this life experience made me a much more compassionate and understanding person and therapist.

I believe that our journey is filled with many unimaginable turns and twists. The key is to understand just how to deal with every single turn without losing our path. I know this first hand, not only from having relocated from a different country into the United States but also from having lived in different states from New York to New Jersey and finally Florida where I have settled with my family and children.

When I am not in the office, you will find me sharing my time with my friends and family. I believe that laughter is the best medicine and that sharing it with others is the most powerful gift that we have. I utilize a great deal of mindfulness in my daily life from meditations to Yoga practice. I believe that this has been an important way to keep me grounded and grateful for the life we have.

I am fully bilingual and I able to conduct sessions in both English and Spanish. I believe that there is a powerful experience in being able to share your feelings and thoughts in your native language. My Hispanic roots helps me to understand the importance of traditions, culture and values as I work with the Latin population. I am also quite familiar with the American way of life, their tradition, culture and values. I feel that I am able to bridge the gap between generations as many of my first generation families struggle to understand their adolescents that are being raised with a different cultural norm.

Thank you so much for reading my about me page, I hope that by reading about who I am as a therapist and as a person, that It will help you to decide whether we are a good fit to work together. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to give me a call at (954)650-3561.

On a personal note…

I am originally from South America; born and raised in Lima, Peru. My family relocated to New York City in the 1990’s due to the increase in violence and uncertainty that the country was experiencing. We were faced with many of the issues that new immigrant families have to face: learning a new language, a new culture and having to start all over again. I think this is where my sense of hopefulness and resiliency comes from. I believe that this life experience made me a much more compassionate and understanding person and therapist.

I believe that our journey is filled with many unimaginable turns and twists. The key is to understand just how to deal with every single turn without losing our path. I know this first hand, not only from having relocated from a different country into the United States but also from having lived in different states from New York to New Jersey and finally Florida where I have settled with my family and children.

When I am not in the office, you will find me sharing my time with my friends and family. I believe that laughter is the best medicine and that sharing it with others is the most powerful gift that we have. I utilize a great deal of mindfulness in my daily life from meditations to Yoga practice. I believe that this has been an important way to keep me grounded and grateful for the life we have.

I am fully bilingual and I able to conduct sessions in both English and Spanish. I believe that there is a powerful experience in being able to share your feelings and thoughts in your native language. My Hispanic roots helps me to understand the importance of traditions, culture and values as I work with the Latin population. I am also quite familiar with the American way of life, their tradition, culture and values. I feel that I am able to bridge the gap between generations as many of my first generation families struggle to understand their adolescents that are being raised with a different cultural norm.

Thank you so much for reading my about me page, I hope that by reading about who I am as a therapist and as a person, that It will help you to decide whether we are a good fit to work together. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to give me a call at (954)650-3561.

Specializations

My therapy practice has evolved in many ways during the past 16 years of serving individuals, couples and adolescents. I treat issues related to depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, anger, addictions, divorce and relationship issues.

In the past decade, I have been focusing my experience and love for counseling towards marriage counseling. I understand, both personally and professionally, how difficult relationships can be and how possible positive change truly is.

After going through my own divorce and really understanding how relationships can be affected by so many factors such as parenthood, employment, illnesses, finances and outside influences it became clear that there was so much more to learn and to figure out.

This is where my amazing journey began, it has taken me to learn about so many and important treatment modalities with the pioneers of the marriage counseling field. It became my passion to really understand how to avoid the common pitfalls that affect all relationships. Also, I wanted to understand more how even when there is love between partners; how resentment and miscommunication can really get in the way of a loving relationship.

After countless trainings, classes and presentations, I learned about EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) & Gottman Model for healthy relationships which spoke to me as a clinician and as an individual. It became clear to me that these approaches, based on decades of research as well as deep understanding of emotions that each partner has, are the most effective way to create positive long-lasting changes in relationships which result in a greater sense of connection, understanding and love.

I have found that my strength in my work comes from the amazing transformations that I see in a daily basis in my sessions with couples. In sessions, I offer a compassionate, nonjudgmental space for you to be exactly who you are without fear of criticism or rejection. From someone who has been there and has faced the unimaginable, I feel that I am really able to understand how difficult this process can be.

I have the skills needed to help you and your partner unpack your individual emotions and relationship dynamics, and I will never criticize or assign blame. I truly believe that every couple has good intentions to connect to one another, and more importantly, the problem lies within the negative cycle couples can sometimes get trapped in. I will work with you as a team to defeat the cycle and not allow it to take the best of the relationship.

This is another one of my passions. Being a mother of two very active teenage boys has been one of my most rewarding and challenging life experiences. I find that I am able to connect in amazing ways to the teenagers that I treat. Their struggles are real, their emotions are intense and many just do not have the tools that they need to manage their emotions effectively.

As a society, where our teenagers are being faced with so much social media influence about their image, their abilities, their sexuality and who they are as a group, it has become quite necessary to guide them as they navigate this very difficult path.

Being a parent of a teenager can be extremely frustrating and exhausting. By the time, many families reach counseling, they just don’t know what else to do with their teenagers. Please know that you are not alone.

This is such a difficult age, this is where I am able to help. Teenagers feel that their parents are just not able to relate to their struggle. In therapy, I am able to help them to make sense of what is really going on and to teach them how to manage their emotions more effectively. Change can happen and it does happen but it takes time. Your wonderful son/daughter will eventually come back to the version of them that you can relate to.

Education, Trainings & Experience

Education:

Master's Degree in Social Work, New York University, NY

Bachelor's of Science, Major: Psychology, Brooklyn College, N.Y.

Credentials:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Lic SW 7520)
  • Certified Addictions Professional (Lic 2440 W)

Clinical Experience:

Founder & PsychotherapistFamily Therapy Broward, Coral Springs & Weston, Fl (2018- present)

Psychotherapist & Co-Owner- West Broward Counseling Center, Weston, Fl (2007-Present)

Psychotherapist- A Place for Growth, Weston, Fl (2005-2007)

Psychotherapist- Center of Psychological Effectiveness, Plantation, Fl (2004-2005)

Addiction Therapist- HighPoint Recovery Center, Cooper City, Fl  (2002-2004)

Addiction Therapist- Broward Addiction Recovery Center (2000-2002)

Specialized Trainings:

Emotionally Focused Therapy- Core Skills (Jan -Sept 2016)

Emotionally Focused Therapy- Externship (Nov 2015)

Gottman Couples Counseling-Level 2- (Nov 2013)

Gottman Couples Counseling- Level 1- (June 2013)

Smart Marriages Conferences

  • Orlando, FL (June 2009- 4 days)
  • Denver, CO (June 2007- 5 days)
  • Atlanta, GA (June. 2006- 4 days)

 

 

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