ABOUT ME. I am Shaliss Padilla MA, LMFT, the Founder, CEO and Clinical Supervisor of Mindbodyology™. I am also a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. In addition, I am a Holistic Psychotherapist, or what I have coined a Mindbodyologist™, a Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Specialist and Certified Reiki Master Teacher. I am also the Vice President of CAMFT North County San Diego.
MY SIGNATURE APPROACH. My therapeutic focus is on the “mind-body” connection with a “whole person centered” approach that that takes the wellbeing of my clients to the next level (psychologically, energetically, spiritually etc.). My signature way of working with my clients embodies the MBO philosophy of “integrating the best of traditional counseling approaches with holistic modalities”. In using this approach, my clients become better equipped to break through limitations such as negative thought patterns, faulty core beliefs, self-sabotage and other maladaptive behaviors that prevent them from becoming the highest versions of themselves.
MY EXPERIENCE. I have over 17 years of experience in counseling, psychology and the mental health field. My clinical experience includes counseling children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and active-duty military service members (Marines & Navy) in various mental health settings. I have counseled clients from many different walks of life (socio-economic backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, dietary lifestyles, cultures/ethnicities, religions and languages etc.). For years, I provided counseling services in Spanish, in the heart of Mexico City, Mexico and in Orange County California!
MY SUPPORT. My main focus is helping my clients master the art of balanced living, by using a blend of holistic and traditional counseling that is customized and what I like to say “cherry picked” for each one. I also specialize in “Narcissistic Abuse Survivor & Recovery Therapy” for the victims and survivors of Narcissistic Abuse and/or toxic relationships. I have expertise in areas of low self-esteem, depression, anxiety/panic, codependency, mid-life crisis, personal transformation, spiritual awakenings, women’s issues, African/Black Diaspora Issues, Indigenous, Latin-American Acculturation issues.
In order to help my clients achieve their goals in counseling, I combine both traditional/evidence based approaches such as EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Bowen Family Systems along with various holistic mind-body oriented methods (i.e. Reiki Treatments, Energy Psychology, Hypnotherapy, EFT- Tapping and more).
MY CLIENTS. My passion is helping my clients identify setbacks, problematic responses, break bad habits, repetitive destructive patterns and cease self-sabotage behaviors, all from a “whole person” mind-body centered standpoint. I love supporting my clients on their road to bringing out the best in themselves, no matter what the issue is, or what curve ball life seems to be throwing at them.
MY ROLES. I take pride in the fact that I often wear many different hats when working with clients. To some clients I am a Mindbodyologist™, a Professional Friend, a Personal Transformation Therapist, or a Break-Through Coach. To others, I am a Self-Mastery Whisperer, a Silver-lining Finder, a Map Maker and even Dream Weaver! I truly aim to go above and beyond for my clients!