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El Paso, TX (ELP)

Speaker Bio

Cristal is a down to earth, unconventional, yet competent clinician with her own lived experience with mental illness. She has turned her pain into power and is transparent about her journey to healing. In her podcast “Through the Eyes of a Therapist” she demystifies therapy and therapists. And in her public speaking engagements, she enlightens and entertains others with her quirky and confident message that #itsoknot2beokay. To hire Cristal for your next mental health, women’s empowerment, self-improvement, Hispanic Heritage, or wellness event contact [email protected] for pricing, travel, and honorarium details.

Cristal Martinez Acosta is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Board Approved Supervisor) in Texas and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She has been in practice for over 10 years and her areas of expertise are Mexico/Texas biculturalism, Chicanx mental health, intergenerational trauma, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed care. She attended the University of Texas at El Paso and earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with Honors. She attended New Mexico State University and earned her Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with a 4.0 GPA and was awarded Outstanding Counseling Student of the Year in 2011. After suffering the effects of the non-profit industrial complex, she is on a mission to teach others anti-oppressive leadership skills and has her own private practice. She has a podcast called "Through the Eyes of a Therapist" that has been on the airwaves since 2018 and has published over 50 episodes. She also writes articles about mental health on websites (Eye on Psy Chi and Psychosocial Media).

  • Role
    Mental Health Professional
  • Pronouns
  • Languages
    English, Hablo Español
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
    Bisexual, Questioning
  • Speaking Engagements
    Workshop, Panel, Keynote, Moderator
Top 6 Most Requested Speaking Topics
  1. From Pain to Power- My lived experience navigating the mental health system in the borderland. How I turned my insight about anxiety into a career asset.
  2. Trauma-Informed Care- a basic introduction to why we should look at everyone's behavior through a trauma lens.
  3. Self-Care for Professionals- why caring for yourself is the ethical thing to do and what the consequences are if you don't.
  4. Empathy- The types of empathy and how to utilize each.
  5. Mental Health Basics- Background about mental illness and how to seek a therapist.
  6. Difficult People, Difficult Behaviors- A follow up to trauma-informed care training.
  7. My Lived Experience with Mental Illness- I talk about my struggles with anxiety and depression. I talk about how I navigated the mental health system.
Trainings/Workshops Offered

Trauma-Informed Care- a basic introduction to why we should look at everyone's behavior through a trauma lens. Self-Care and Regulation- Practicing self compassion and empathy strategies. Ethical Termination and Referral Practices- Reviewing the ACA code of Ethics and Texas Code of Ethics. Trauma-Informed Language- A review on how to speak and document utilizing a trauma sensitive lens.  

  • Institution
    New Mexico State University
  • Degree
    Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance
  • Institution
    University of Texas at El Paso
  • Degree
    Psychology- Bachelors of Liberal Arts
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