Luis J. Balcazar, MSW, LCSW
he/him/his (all pronouns welcome)
Luis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with individuals ages 12 and up. His main area of expertise is in treating mood-related disorders (depression, anxiety, anger, etc.) and difficulties in relationships. He has a specific interest in supporting folks through identity development issues (racial, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) and other associated diversity factors (spirituality, fat liberation, etc.). Other areas of experience include addressing problems related to trauma and loss.
Luis’s approach in therapy can be described as being interpersonal/emotion-focused while keeping in mind the role systems play in our day to day lives and experiences. Clients are conceptualized from a multicultural and psychodynamic-informed lens. Clinical interventions include aspects of Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Internal Family Systems, as well as culturally-based approaches (he also appreciates the role humor can play in the room). As a queer, gay, Latino, cisgender male, Luis knows the power that comes with connecting and healing across difference. It is also because of his personal experience that he is especially motivated to support and work with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals.
In the real world, Luis enjoys listening to Spanish music and being accused of being an old man by friends his own age. He enjoys card nights at home, but he has also been spotted dancing from time to time at places where this is socially acceptable. Proud father of two cats, Cujo and Gorda, he is always interested in learning new ways to keep those two away from his house plants.
NOTE: Luis is a 2nd-Generation immigrant and is bilingual (Spanish speaking) and bicultural (Mexican heritage). He has experience working with clients in Spanish and accepts referrals for patients interested in or in need of care exclusively in Spanish.