In my over 10 years of experience providing mental health treatment throughout Los Angeles County, I have learned that the best way to connect with my clients is to talk to them like real people with real emotions. I believe the therapeutic space is a place where you can feel comfortable opening up, without feeling judged or like you're being analyzed.
Therapy is not about "fixing" someone who is broken but rather improving their quality of life to transform them into empowered individuals. My approach is pragmatic and strength-based. I believe in the importance of celebrating successes no matter how big or small they may seem. I also believe therapy is a collaboration between therapist and client, where my clients are the experts of their life's story and I'm the guide helping them navigate through the difficulties.
Julisa Morales, LCSW is the Program Coordinator at a federally qualified healthcare agency in Downtown Los Angeles, where she is also a Field Instructor for MSW students. Julisa provides brief counseling and individual therapy to adults from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds facing challenges in their relationships, difficulties with their sense of self-worth, feeling overwhelmed and lost in their life, and struggling to continue being the "strong one" in their families. Having been regarded as the "strong one" in her own family, Julisa understands the internal guilt and turmoil, the frustration and stress that can arise from trying to "keep it together", which can, subsequently, increase levels of irritability, insomnia, depression, anxiety and risk for medical conditions.
Julisa began her career in mental health working with clients diagnosed with severe psychotic symptoms in an inpatient setting. After obtaining her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Southern California, she worked as a bilingual therapist in East Los Angeles at an adult residential facility contracted by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LAC-DMH), where she assisted clients diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses reintegrate back into the community. During this time, Julisa helped implement the Misdemeanor Incompetent to Stand Trial Pilot Program, a collaboration between LAC-DMH and the LA County Jail system.
For over a decade, Julisa has assisted clients understand and manage their symptoms, empowering clients to advocate for themselves, improve their sense of self-worth, regain independence, and improve their overall quality of life.