I treat people who are struggling with: Anxiety, depression, trauma, spiritual issues, parenting, military adjustment, etc.
I work with: Preteens, adolescents, adults, seniors
My approach includes: ACT, CBT, Existential, Humanistic, Pastoral
Languages: Italian, Spanish, Tagalog
I can see you at these locations: Crystal Lake
Cesar graduated with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is training to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois.
Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (BA), a Bachelor of Theology (ThB), a Master of Divinity (M.Div), and a Doctorate in Ministry (DMin) in Pastoral Care.
He has years of experience working with the military, veterans, and civilian populations, having served in the US Army as a clinical combat chaplain (MOS 56A7S) and assigned to reserve and active duty positions at the Battalion, Brigade, and Division levels where he was given responsibilities with the army’s suicide and substance abuse prevention programs. He received training in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST), and Moral Injury/Spiritual Resiliency and Reintegration at the US Army Medical Department Center and School in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Cesar subscribes to a holistic approach in mental health and integrates the care of the body, mind, and spirit in his clinical practice. He offers counseling support that creates hope and healing for his client’s life by walking with them in their journey no matter where they find themselves at the moment. He primarily uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in order to explore the ways that patterns of thought affect emotion, behavior and relational well-being but he also makes use of Narrative and Existential modalities, which explore how personal narratives contribute to conceptions of self, others and one’s relation to the world and how these narratives affect one’s present and future across the physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and social dimensions of a person.
His research interest is the intersection of mental health, human behavior, and spirituality and is well acquainted with the unique challenges that often accompany persons who are engaged in religious ministries in various leadership capacities as well as those who have been traumatized by institutional and/or ritual abuses especially in closed systems such as cults and cult-like organizations.
Cesar brings with him more than 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families on issues associated with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), abuse, anger management, anxiety, depression, grief, family and parenting challenges, marital issues (communication, conflict resolution, intimacy issues, etc.), self-image/identity, life transitions, spirituality, and men’s issues.
“What is essential is invisible to the eyes.”
– Antoine De Saint-Exupery in the “Little Prince”