Wendi J. Alvarado is a passionate therapist with a grounding presence, offering her calming, accepting, and down-to-earth demeanor to every client she works with. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, but deeply rooted in Texas and her Salvadoran heritage, she is a proud Latina committed to shedding the negative stigmas around mental health, especially in communities that traditionally shy away from such discussions.
Holding a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University, Wendi is well-versed in a variety of therapeutic techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-focused CBT, and Existential Therapy. With these tools, she has adeptly supported individuals, particularly teens and young adults, as they navigate a myriad of challenges, from anxiety and depression to trauma and identity crises.
A significant part of Wendi’s approach is informed by her personal experiences. Having grown up in a community that often sidelined mental health, she knows firsthand the importance of seeking help and the transformative power of therapy. Wendi identifies as a “Wounded Healer,” drawing strength from her personal challenges to cheerlead and guide others on their mental health journey.
Outside of her practice, Wendi’s zest for life is palpable. She’s a film noir enthusiast, a jazz concert aficionado, and an avid traveler, always eager to explore new places and cultures. Her previous role working with immigrant adolescents in a residential shelter provided her with invaluable insights into acculturation, trauma, and mental health intricacies.
Wendi’s core belief is that everyone holds the potential to heal themselves; they just need the right guidance and tools. If you’re seeking a therapist who genuinely understands and champions personal growth, Wendi J. Alvarado, with her strength-based, existentialist approach, might just be the beacon you need.