Orianna Torres is a bilingual (English/ Spanish) Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern. She specializes in working with children, teens, individuals and group therapy. Her specialty is in treating Anxiety and Depression as well as ADHD, Oppossitional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and Conduct Disorder (CD). In addition, she brings a great deal of experience in working with Selective Mutism in children.
Her passion is in working with children and teens who are struggling to calm their racing minds and to help them find balance during difficult times. Orianna utilizes Play Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches to help her clients understand what might be causing their symptoms (e.g., unhelpful thinking patterns, maladaptive behaviors). Then, teaching them how to challenge their distorted thinking, and reevaluate their thoughts. She utilizes role-playing techniques and teaches coping and problem solving skills so they learn how to cope with difficult situations.
Orianna feels that her strenght is in teaching children and teens to utilize mindfulness, such as deep breathing, imagery, and grounding techniques to reduce the psychological and physical symptoms they might be experiencing. In addition, she utilizes Exposure-based techniques- when a child/teen cannot face their fears, or certain situations appropriately. She likes to introduce fear hierarchies in a collaborative process with her clients so that there is a mutual agreement of what steps, weekly goals, and rewards are being done and obtained.
Orianna credits her own personal struggles with anxiety while growing up which helped her to understand how debilitating it can be. She feels that it guided her to be a better therapist and she is now more effective in helping her client’s find their footing again by standing alongside them until they can stand on their own. Her main goal is to provide a safe and comfortable environment filled with unconditional support, attentive listening and always making sure to remember important details of her client’s journey no matter how big or small they may be.
Her favorite quote is “It is an act of bravery to feel your feelings.”
When she is not at the office, Orianna can be found dancing as a professional flamenco dancer. She enjoys spending time rehearsing and taking classes. Also, she loves going to the beach with her family, and playing with her dogs!
Her specializations include:
- Child, Teen & Individual Counseling
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Play Therapy
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
- Mindfulness Techniques & Exposure based Techniques
- Anxiety, depression, self-esteem, bullying, behavioral issues
- ADHD, ODD, CD, Selective Mutism
- School Readiness Parenting Program (SRPP)