Lisbet Salinas

Clinical Intern

Bilingual (Spanish and English) Therapist

Lisbet Salinas, <br> Clinical Intern

Hi, I’m Lisbet. I support people in uncovering their innate power, resilience, and authentic spirit.

I’m a therapist who believes in the power of warmth, compassion, and deep understanding. My own life has been a journey through cultural transitions, financial hurdles, and the trauma of migration. These experiences have enriched me and equipped me to stand beside those facing similar challenges.

In our therapeutic alliance, my goal isn’t to “save” you—it’s to empower you. We’ll unearth your core values, reclaim your peace, and rediscover joy at your pace.

My loved ones say they appreciate my gentle nature, unwavering loyalty, and ability to bring patience and kindness to difficult situations. They trust me because I’m genuine, straightforward, and always have their best interests at heart.

As we begin your therapeutic journey, you’ll find these same qualities in our relationship—a safe space to explore your experiences, dreams, and aspirations. Trust and compassion will be the foundation of our partnership, unlocking your potential and amplifying your inner strength.

Your story is unique and invaluable. In our sessions, I offer you a stage to express it, a chance to celebrate your heritage, and the opportunity to foster your well-being. True well-being is not merely about symptom relief; it’s about sustainable, impactful change. I believe healing comes from feeling heard - together, we’ll tune into your inner voice.

My goal as a therapist is to guide you toward finding your equilibrium. Drawing from my life experiences and the resilience I’ve cultivated, we’ll embark on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and harmony. Together, we’ll navigate life’s complexities, aiding you in crafting a fulfilling and authentic path that acknowledges your unique experiences and honors your journey.

If you’re ready to start your transformative journey, I’m here for you. Contact me today at [email protected] or click here to schedule a session. I’m eager to meet you, listen to your unique story, and partner on this life-changing journey.

On Being a Counselor

As your therapist, my goal is to understand your unique experiences, dreams, and needs through active conversations. Together, we’ll explore the narratives tied to life’s challenges and big questions.

While I provide guidance, you determine your growth. With empathy and intuition, I tailor our approach to your needs and pace. As a first-generation Mexican-American, my own cross-cultural experiences allow me to understand intersecting identities with insight and compassion.

I approach sessions with sensitivity gained through my Latina heritage and first-generation struggles. My passion is supporting BIPOC individuals facing intergenerational trauma, acculturative stress, migration challenges, and grief.

If you’re seeking a therapist genuinely committed to empowering you to lead an authentic, fulfilling life, I encourage you to contact me. Let’s uncover your resilience and craft solutions harmonizing with your reality.


Practitioner Background

After a decade in investment analysis, I consciously transitioned to mental health, compelled by a desire to support others through life’s challenges. My journey in overcoming financial insecurity and discrimination fueled my empathy and passion for counseling. My transition was inspired by recognizing my deep-rooted compassion and an urge to harness my perceptiveness and intuition to serve those grappling with life’s complexities.

As a therapist today, I draw on my experiences from overcoming financial insecurity, discrimination, and migration trauma. These experiences have made me resilient and sparked a curiosity about diverse human backgrounds and a desire to support others on their healing journey.

I approach therapy with an understanding of the power of vulnerability and authenticity, fostering deep connections with my clients by creating a safe and non-judgmental space. Recognizing that each person’s journey is unique, I don’t adhere to a one-size-fits-all therapeutic style. Instead, I tailor my approach to meet your specific needs and experiences. Rather than rush to assumptions, I’m comfortable sitting in the ‘gray areas’ with you.

Together, we’ll explore your story, unveil your inherent strength and resilience, and empower you to craft solutions that align with your personal growth and healing.

As a Latina therapist, I offer a culturally sensitive perspective and value working with BIPOC individuals, especially those with inherited trauma and first-generation challenges. I have a keen understanding of the complexities of these experiences. I am particularly passionate about centering people with marginalized identities and supporting them on their paths to healing.

We’ll explore your narrative at your own pace. No assumptions or hurry to “fix” things—just my compassionate presence as you process emotions, grief, and challenges.
Living in an urgency culture and in a world that feels so fast-paced, I aim to provide a space where we can slow down, be present, and share whatever shows up.

My goal is to empower you to rediscover your inner resilience and wisdom. Together, we’ll tend to your well-being and regain balance amid society’s pressures. You’ll leave our sessions feeling valued, understood, and renewed.

If you seek a therapist deeply committed to supporting you in leading an authentic, fulfilling life, I encourage you to connect with me. I invite you to join me on this transformative journey, where together, we will uncover the power of your resilience and craft a narrative that aligns with your true self. I look forward to being a part of and learning from your unique story.

More About Lisbet

Key Philosophical Beliefs

  • Healing is a holistic journey encompassing mind, body, and spirit. Therapy can support us in reconnecting with our whole selves.
  • Everyone innately knows what’s best for them; you always deserve the right to choose your own path.
  • Relationships rooted in trust and compassion nurture our inherent tendency toward growth and healing.
  • By quieting the outside noise, we can better attend to our inner needs and the unhealed aspects of ourselves.
  • People are naturally resilient. With the right support and tools, we can rediscover meaning and joy in our lives.
  • As a therapist, my role is not to save or fix. I am here to support and empower you to reclaim your values, peace, and voice.
  • The journey of therapy is about you writing your own story on your own terms. It’s about empowering you to lead with love and live a fulfilling life.

Counseling Training

  • Master of Social Work candidate, the University of Chicago (Expected 2024)
  • Bachelor of Arts International Business and Economics, The Brennan School of Business at Dominican University
  • Trauma Responsive Social Work Program of Study
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Training
  • Psychodynamic Therapy Training
  • 40-hour training in intimate partner violence and sexual assault
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) Training

Specializations and Experience

  • Black, Indigenous, and person of color affirming therapy
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English)
  • Migration trauma
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Acculturative stress
  • First Gen Therapy and Counseling
  • Grief and Loss Counseling
  • Domestic violence and sexual assault response

Lisbet as a Person

From growing up in the vibrant Southeast Side of Chicago to studying abroad in Spain, my diverse experiences have imprinted a unique dance of self-care and resilience in me. My journey through financial struggles and migration trauma allows me to embrace vulnerability, making me an empathetic and intuitive therapist.

Drawing from a rich and varied tapestry of experiences, which includes growing up in Chicago’s vibrant East Side neighborhood and a transformative study-abroad year in Spain, I have developed a deep understanding of life’s nuances. These experiences have imprinted upon me the rhythm and energy of my diverse surroundings, grounding me in a unique dance of self-care that harmoniously oscillates between effort and ease.

In my counseling practice and personal life, I hold the values of balance and introspection high, providing a compassionate space to engage with life’s challenges while nurturing a sense of restoration. My journey through financial insecurity, discrimination, and migration trauma has led me to embrace vulnerability, making me an empathetic and intuitive therapist.

When not working with clients, I avidly explore life’s varied experiences. I seek growth through personal introspection, the quiet peace of restorative yoga, the intellectual stimulation of podcasts, and the transformative power of literature. I cherish these moments of tranquility and use them to fuel my practice with a renewed sense of balance and authenticity.


If you'd like to work with Lisbet or one of our therapists, contact us to schedule your appointment.