Ms. Priscilla Torres, MSW, CHT, LCSW

(She, Her)
Preferred Name: Priscilla

EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

I believe that everyone has the ability within themselves to live the life they want. Our perception of who we are is shaped by our experiences and how we believe others see us. Through my trauma work and healing, I realized that the phrase "seeing is believing" is incomplete, and a more accurate phrase to describe how the world shapes us would include "believing is seeing." Even if you have not experienced a significant traumatic event, minor traumas can negatively affect how we respond in our relationships. These minor traumas could be something like being teased by a friend or having a parent ignore you when you sought comfort as a child. Our adaptive mind is always searching for meaning in every interaction; sometimes, the messages we extract lead us to believe we are inadequate, unloved, or unworthy. We are social beings, and our sense of self greatly depends on how we think others see us. Through therapy, we can identify those negative beliefs that hold us back. I believe that we are so much more than the tip of the iceberg others see, and helping you find that confidence to be yourself through unconditional acceptance, validation, and empathy is what I strive to do. My process in working with clients is collaborative and supportive. I genuinely see therapy as an opportunity to understand painful life experiences, make meaning, and learn to cope more effectively. I will honor your pain, sit with you while you recall your worst memories, and guide you toward the life you want. Our life events shape our sense of self. Sometimes, adaptive responses that worked for us in the past now keep us from forming the intimate relationships we want. My approach to trauma treatment incorporates negative beliefs, emotions, and physical sensations associated with disturbing memories. Trauma isn't only physical abuse, neglect, early childhood adverse experiences, abandonment, sexual assault, or war combat; it's any experience that causes significant distress. As a Clinical Sexology Ph.D. candidate, I help my clients work through intimacy issues or individuals, couples, and LGBTQ individuals. I incorporate numerous therapeutic styles such as Clinical Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, Polyvagal Theory, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in addition to EMDR to create a truly customized treatment plan.

Education & Experience

I attended the University of Santa Cruz and San Jose State University in California, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1999. I completed my master’s degree in clinical social work at Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida, in 2020. I am currently completing a Clinical Sexology Ph.D. program through the International Institute for Clinical Sexology in Miami, and I am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

National Association of Social Work, The National Board of Professional & Ethical Standards Board of Hypnosis

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Moral Injury
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Risk
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Couples
  • First Responders
  • LGBTQ+

Language

  • English