EMDR, Psychedelic Assisted Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems for PTSD, Trauma, Anxiety and Depression
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My Name is Zina Ortiz. I am a childhood trauma survivor! My experiences of chronic neglect, physical, mental, and sexual abuse have provided me with a unique opportunity to embark on a personal journey of healing. Through this transformative process, I have gained a profound understanding of the complexities and far-reaching impacts of trauma, as well as the incredible power of healing.
I specialize in the treatment of Complex Trauma, Anxiety and Depression.
I hold a Masters degree (MA) in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. My trainings include completion of trainings and certification of EMDR at the Maiberger Institute in Boulder, CO, REBT at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Rapid Resolution Therapy with Dr Jon Connelly, The Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (a branch of Internal Family Systems), Psychedelic Assisted Therapy and the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, and Psychedelic Somatic Interactional Therapy. These are just a few of my trainings. I have enhanced my knowledge and education with therapeutic methods I have experienced, and have created a successful degree of recovery. I use them in my practice because I believe in their efficacy. Please see the Services page for more information. I have walked the walk! This also does not need to be a lengthy process. Truth be told talk therapy has its value, and that is to understand what has happened, and have adverse experiences validated, though it is not an effective method for addressing trauma, anxiety and depression.
It is common for trauma survivors to struggle with strong emotions, it makes sense that we would focus on our emotional mind which I also call the subconscious. The conscious part of our mind is the thinking part of our mind, and the subconscious part of our mind the more primitive, emotional part of our mind. That’s why you will often hear yourself say “I can’t help but to feel this way.” It is a continuous haunting. Talk therapy has its values but it is not an effective method of healing deeply rooted wounds. Specially childhood trauma wounds. Talking is a function of cognition, it falls short in resolving somatic symptoms. Trauma is stored in the body, and bodies do not understand language. Thinking is a cognitive process whereas a feeling is a subjective experience that occurs in response to various internal and external stimuli, and often rooted from past experiences. The body keeps the score and it is the vessel for emotions.
I enjoy the work of facilitating transformation in people's lives. It all started as an 8 year old child playing to help my playmates and listening to their stories. It is my life's work! I continue to expand my knowledge with trainings and readings on new material on trauma and its effects on people. I am licensed in the state of Colorado as an LPC # 0011828.
It takes an outsider, and I am an outsider! someone with fresh eyes to see conditions in an objective fashion, to point out the elephant in the room. Without shaming, blaming, magnifying, or minimizing the main challenge. My goals as a psychotherapist are based on the belief that people want to be happy, effective and successful in their lives and they have within themselves the resources to achieve these goals. I help my clients most effectively by accessing their internal resources to increase self-understanding, to improve decision-making, to solve problems, and to create paths to the lives they want.
My Areas of Expertise include:
* Complex/Developmental Trauma (domestic violence, childhood/physical, mental, sexual abuse)
* Anxiety / Panic
* Grief & Loss
* Women's Issues
I am originally from Mexico, and have been living in the US for more than 30 years. Therefore my education and training has been here in this great country of ours. It has been my clinical experience and observations that we women face similar issues, regardless of culture! Insecurities, low self esteem, shame, perfectionism, and disconnection, to name a few. I have faced these issues myself. I feel privileged in my line of work because my career/journey of self healing have exposed me to different therapy methods, education and trainings that have helped me resolve all trauma and its symptoms to then help others, including but not limited to uncomfortable feelings, emotions, and internal self critic (the little monster that tells us we're not good enough). I have determined that the world needs more empowered women, with impeccable boundaries.
Are you ready to be fearless and be the hero of your own story?