Irene  Velasco

Irene Velasco

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
California Accepting Online
Vallejo Accepting In-person
Updated November 18, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Phobias & fears

Professional statement

Irene Velasco is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Vallejo, CA works with adults who are experiencing a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, early attachment/relationship difficulties, trauma, grief, and life transitions. She also works with 1-2 generation immigrants with the ongoing cultural stresses, social marginalization as well as economic and communication challenges they face living in our social world. Many of Irene’s clients come to her overwhelmed with explicit and assumed responsibilities for their families, culture and themselves. She works with these clients to develop an awareness and understanding of their cultural, intergenerational and childhood developmental traumas, empowering them to heal while learning to build healthy boundaries in their lives.

In sessions with Irene, clients learn to build psychological flexibility and become more in touch with their values. She uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients learn about harmful thought patterns and how to build better coping and communication skills to avoid them. Irene is a motivation-centered therapist, meaning she helps clients explore ambivalent thoughts in order to make those changes by creating a plans of action, rather than non-directively explore themselves.

As a Filipino-American and immigrant, Irene is fluent in English, Tagalog, and Visayan/Cebuano and offers multilingual therapy to the immigrant population. She understands the emotional struggles and complexities of immigrating to a new country and is sensitive to each client's unique needs. Irene’s goal in therapy is to provide a caring, non-judgmental, and safe environment to help her clients identify and explore the issues that have been getting in the way of living their best life. She understands that people come from different backgrounds and is sensitive to the different life experiences, practices and beliefs these backgrounds bring. She is committed to making her space a safe harbor for anyone who needs it.


Message to clients

LET'S CONNECT

Let’s be honest: there are plenty of concerns to consider in today’s world. It is normal to have moments of feeling depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed. If these feelings start to affect your daily life and feel persistent, getting professional support can be a helpful outlet. Depression, anxiety, and lack of self-confidence are signals that you might benefit from psychotherapy to understand the cause of your suffering. You can heal and feel better, and you don't need to suffer alone. Joy is possible, and I'm here to help.


Specialties

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Cultural adjustment - Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places

Phobias & fears - Providing techniques and support to overcome intense fear, anxiety, and panic related to specific triggers, such as heights or crowded spaces




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Optum

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $180 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am- 6:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am- 6:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am- 6:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am- 6:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am- 6:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am- 12noon
  • Sun Closed

Vallejo practice
301 Georgia Street, 125, Vallejo, California 94590
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-6pm
  • Tue 9am-6pm
  • Wed 9am-6pm
  • Thu 9am-6pm
  • Fri 9am-6pm
  • Sat 9am-12noon
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 years

Irene Velasco Counseling , Psychotherapist , 2016 - Present

Holy Names University , MA in Counseling Psychology , 2012


Licensure

California: 94890


Languages

English

Tagalog