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Counseling San Antonio
Take advantage of science-based counseling proven to heal past trauma, increase intimacy in your relationships, and help you create a more fulfilling life.
You don’t have to do this alone.
Do you want to improve the quality of your life, but you’re having trouble moving forward?
Whether you want to strengthen connections, rebuild trust or find relief from anxiety, trauma, or PTSD, I’m here to help. Our San Antonio-based counseling offers a supportive environment with specialized treatment in marriage, couples, and trauma counseling. With guidance, backed by the latest research, we’ll help you achieve a happier, more connected life.
Expert Counseling Services and Therapy in San Antonio
Grimaldo Counseling, located in San Antonio, helps couples and individuals build healthy relationships and change their lives for the better.
The key to a fulfilling life lies in the quality of our relationships. But sometimes, barriers such as trauma can affect our trust in people and get in the way of our ability to connect. The goal is to overcome these obstacles and build healthy relationships.
That’s where San Antonio therapy comes in. We can help you identify and remove the barriers that are holding you back, so you can achieve the life and relationship you really want.
As your guide, my role is to support you every step of the way. Together, we’ll set goals, raise awareness, and uncover patterns of thought that affect your emotions and behaviors. With the right support and skills, you can move forward with confidence.
It’s time to let go of the pain of the past, reconnect with your loved ones, and embrace everything life has to offer with San Antonio counseling.
Remove the Barriers in Your Relationship
Do you and your partner feel stuck in the same cycle of conflict? Are you lacking intimacy in your relationship? Whether you feel emotionally disconnected from your partner or you’re struggling to work through infidelity, satisfying relationships require work. No one teaches you how to design a life as a couple, but working through these bumps in the road can be one of the most rewarding things you do for yourself, your relationship, and your family.
Why couples counseling?
- Recovery from infidelity
- Difficulty managing conflict
- Communication problems
- Lack of intimacy
- Parenting conflict
- Overall dissatisfaction and disconnection
- Supporting a partner through recovery from addiction
- Recover from past trauma
- Improve communication
- Strengthen your relationship
- Resolve conflict
- Increase intimacy
What to expect in a therapy session
As a Gottman Trained Therapist in San Antonio, I lead all couples through a four-session assessment process.
The Gottman assessment can predict, without intervention, whether a couple is headed toward divorce or a breakup with 94% accuracy. By identifying harmful patterns, we can work to interrupt harm in the relationship and put you and your partner on the path to healing.
Discovering and healing from relationship trauma, childhood trauma, and attachment styles also play a crucial role in therapy. By focusing on emotional connections and drawing from research on bonding, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) guides couples in transforming harmful patterns and cycles of interaction during moments of conflict.
There are many reasons to consider couples counseling
Grimaldo Counseling offers evidence-based couples counseling in San Antonio, as well as virtual couples therapy throughout Texas, to help you work past these issues and improve your relationship.
Overcome Trauma for Better Mental Health
PTSD and trauma are issues that spill over into every area of our lives. Trauma is often the root cause of everything from addiction to strained relationships. In an attempt to manage anxiety, depression, or uncomfortable feelings associated with trauma, we use short-term strategies to help us get by. But long term, these strategies aren’t usually helpful, and they can leave you feeling empty and isolated.
Why Take Advantage of Individual Counseling?
- Overcome the past with trauma therapy
- Learn to regulate the bodies fight, flight, freeze response
- Improve your mental health
- Understand yourself and your triggers
- Strengthen relationships
- Become resilient
- Learn better ways to cope with stress
- Maintain your recovery
- Reduce emotional distress
Compulsively avoiding situations, isolating yourself, or outrunning anxiety and depression won’t work. These habits create a vicious cycle that prevents you from overcoming trauma and moving on with your life.
Thankfully, there are strategies that can help you manage painful situations without relying on unhealthy ways of coping. The first step is recognizing your triggers so you can start developing healthier habits. Recognizing these patterns will help you create a plan for dealing with each trigger in an emotionally healthy way.
As a counselor in San Antonio, I specialize in working with people who suffer from trauma and addiction. Together, you and I will identify limiting beliefs, past hurts and present behaviors that keep you from reaching your goals in life.
Meet Sam Grimaldo MA, LMFT, LPC EMDR Certified
Find Clarity with a Trusted Counselor
I believe that being a counselor is a calling. I love helping people, and I’m passionate about the work that I do. Outside of work, I do my best to build an intentional life not only for myself and my family, but also to bring these lived experiences to the table for my clients.
How Our Sessions Work
Therapy helps you see what you might struggle to see on your own. However, you need to be ready to talk about what’s in your way to become the best, healthiest version of yourself.
As a licensed therapist based in San Antonio, I use evidence-based counseling services rooted in science to help couples and individuals heal. Through our work together, you’ll gain a better understanding of your relationship and yourself, as well as tangible strategies to help you cope and grow.
While I customize treatment for every client’s needs, you can expect to go through this three-step process in therapy.
1. Develop a Vision for your Life.
Where do you see yourself in the future? What kind of relationship do you want to have? By defining the life you want for yourself, we can create a clear goal for your treatment. Together, we’ll do counseling identity work and identify the values that matter most to you. We’ll use this information to create a customized treatment plan to address your unique mental health struggles.
2. Clarify your Barriers.
Next, we’ll look at any barriers that are standing in the way of your growth and ability to connect. Whether that’s past trauma, addiction, or attachment issues, past experiences often create barriers that prevent you from progressing in the present. In this step, we’llwork on identifying your limiting beliefs, patterns of interactions in your relationship, and past experiences that keep you from moving forward.
3. Create an Action Plan.
Finally, we’ll work together to create an effective action plan to help you become more satisfied in your relationship and increase fulfillment in your life. Information is essential but change is experiential. I’ll support you and provide the tools you need to gain the skills required to heal from the past while effectively engaging in the present.
Treatment Modalities for Our Services
Your experiences and needs are unique, which is why I use a variety of science-backed counseling approaches to help you find resolution and healing. I offer these treatments either in-person at our San Antonio office or virtually.
Trauma can unexpectedly block you in the present and prevent you from living your best life. Combined with other counseling modalities, EMDR can help you process the complex memories and feelings behind PTSD, depression, anxiety, and panic disorders. Learn More.
If you struggle to have a conversation with your partner without someone raising their voice or saying hurtful words, the Gottman Method can help the two of you communicate honestly without the hurt. Learn More
With EFT, we look at your relationship through the lens of adult attachment. This means we look at both partners’ personalities, attachment styles, and behaviors in intimate relationships. We analyze your social bonds and look at your emotional regulation strategies as a way to change the relationship you have with both yourself and your partner. Learn More
With ACT, we use strategies like values clarification, mindfulness, and acceptance to help you overcome negative thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors. By focusing on your values first, you can become more mentally resilient and lead a more fulfilling life. Learn More
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of counseling that identifies and changes negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to your mental health issues. Through CBT, you’ll learn how to challenge and reframe negative thoughts. Learn More
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that teaches you coping skills for managing difficult emotions. While CBT focuses on redirecting patterns of thought, DBT focuses on making changes in your behavioral health. Learn More
Interpersonal Neurobiology is an interdisciplinary approach that draws on neuroscience and psychology to study how the brain affects our social relationships. This approach emphasizes the importance of healthy relationships for your well-being, and explores how these social connections shape your brain’s function. Learn More
Attachment Science is a therapy approach that explores your early childhood experiences to see how childhood attachments shaped the development of your brain. This can help you better understand how to regulate your emotions and relate to the people around you. Learn More
Achieve the Life you want
Book Your Therapy Appointment in San Antonio Today
Regardless of your goals or struggles, we are here to support you with expert mental health services and counseling.
Kick start your journey to mental wellness and book a counseling session locally in San Antonio, or virtually, today.
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