individual counseling

Beat anxiety and become the girl who knows what she wants and GETS it

 
 
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The Struggle is Real 

People have no idea what it takes to be a top student. You're so stressed, could snap at any moment. Your to do list is out of control and might not even possible to ever complete because more gets added Every. Single. Day. Sometimes you even fantasize about dropping out, running away, and getting a nice easy job somewhere as a barista or a waitress.

But you have to keep it together. Because people expect great things from you. And you couldn't bear the thought of disappointing your parents and teachers who are rooting for you. So you'll stay up until 3am again until every single math problem is done. Because that's what it takes to be the best. 


There's a Better Way

When you work with me, you'll learn how to deal with stress and anxiety so it doesn't overwhelm you anymore. You'll be able to shut down that obnoxious voice that tells you that you aren't good enough or that you're going to blow it. And instead, turn that voice into a friend that helps and encourages you.

You'll be able to free up space in your brain to tackle the things that matter most to you. You'll finally see yourself as the beautiful, brilliant, hard-working girl that everyone else sees when they look at you. You'll be happy, relaxed, confident, and ready to take on the world to create your future. 

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Imagine if...

  • Your to do list was  manageable and could be completed each day with enough time left to have fun with your family
  • You were in control of your own mind, able to shut off obnoxious thoughts and cheer yourself on when you need it
  • You felt fully confident in your ability to succeed, and believed in yourself the way your parents and teachers do
  • You genuinely loved yourself for who you are. The way you love your best friends, flaws and all. 
  • You had a social life! With friends who get you, love you, and support you. Friends you actually get to spend time with, have fun, and make fun memories with. 
  • You were able to get into a great college, while doing the sports and clubs you love, and still have time for fun with your friends and family
  • You woke up each day, well rested and looking forward to everything the day could bring

What You Get

  • (On average) 10-12 x 50-minute sessions (either in person at my office or online)
  • Cheat sheets to take home after each session to practice new skills
  • Up to 15 minutes of text, email, or phone contact between sessions

What You REALLY Get

  • Be able to deal with stress and anxiety so you never feel overwhelmed
  • Replace negative messages in your head with ones that are actually helpful and accurate
  • Create margin in your schedule so you have time for family
  • Friends, and fun, sleep better
  • Have more energy and motivation
  • Gain confidence
  • Feel strong
  • Feel worthy
  • Gain an appreciation for who you are a person and genuinely like that person
  • Be happy and relaxed
  • Overcome yours fears to be the kind of girl who knows what she wants and gets it
  • Feel in charge of your own life

Testimonials

"Diane is an excellent counselor. If you choose her, you will not be disappointed!" - B.H. 

"Diane is a caring and dedicated professional. She is a great resource to our community!" - S.W.

"Diane is down to earth, easy to talk to, and full of positivity and experience. She is committed to helping clients achieve success. I am honored to be able to work with her!" - J.K.

"Diane is the real deal: compassionate, insightful, joyful, and such a wise woman." - K.M.

Diane Munoz | Counseling for teens with anxiety

About Me

Hi, I'm Diane. I’m a recovering perfectionist who helps teens overcomes anxiety so they can become confident and successful women. I'm a licensed mental health counselor and I've been in the field for (OMG!) 13 years. I've been working with teens and their families for the last 6 years.

When I was in high school, I had a full load of Honors and AP classes, a brochure from Duke University taped to the back of my door, and what I can only assume was the beginning of a premature ulcer. Some people say high school was the best 4 years of their life (who are these people?), but it was NOT fun for me. And spoiler alert: I never did make it to Duke.

I’ve found out that my story isn’t all that unique. There a lot of ridiculously smart and hardworking girls out there. Girls killing themselves taking the most challenging classes and programs available. Girls on multiple sports teams, playing with injuries, and spending their weekends traveling for games. And a lot of them, like me, end up burning out before their lives even get started.

This is not okay with me. These are some of the most brilliant minds of our generation. We need these girls! We need them in our labs, we need them in our boardrooms, and we need them in our government. We cannot have our brightest stars burning out before they get their chance to make their mark on the world.

I didn't learn how to handle stress until I was in school to be a counselor. And it was LIFECHANGING. I just wished that I had learned this stuff earlier. So I've made it my mission to teach smart, hard-working teens like yours how to handle stress and anxiety so they don't burn out before their life even gets started.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does counseling actually work?

    • It really does! Seeing a counselor is a lot like seeing a tutor or a trainer. If you go to all of your sessions and follow your trainer's advice, you're going to meet your goals. There's no doubt about it. But if you skip sessions and blow off the plan you've come up with together, your progress will be much slower. If you work in counseling as hard as  you work at school or on the field, you're going to rock it.
  2. Does going to a counselor mean I'm crazy?

    • Not at all! Actually, people with serious mental illnesses need to be stabilized on medication before they can even start counseling. Counseling is for proactive people who are tired of feeling like crap and want to do something about it. And that doesn't sound crazy to me.
  3. Are you going to make me take medication?

    • No way! The majority of my clients get better without medication. If you aren't feeling better after a few weeks, I might suggest seeing your doctor to talk about options for medication to make it easier for you. But the choice is always yours.
  4. What if people find out I'm seeing a counselor?

    • Well, I'm not going to tell them! (Seriously, it's a felony.) Seeing a counselor is a personal decision and you can choose who you tell or don't tell. Most people don't tell anyone when they go to counseling because they're afraid people will judge them. You know what's interesting though? Most people also say that they wouldn't judge a friend for going to counseling. (I mean, you wouldn't, right?) Point being, you probably don't need to worry about it. 
  5. Is it awkward going to counseling? 

    • Maybe at first. I mean, it is kind of weird to talk to a stranger about things you haven't told anyone else about! But by the second or third session, clients get to know me a little better and feel much more comfortable.  
  6. How long does counseling take?

    • Everyone is different, but on average, I see clients for 10-12 sessions over a 3-4 months.
  7. Do you take insurance?

    • I'm not contracted with any insurance companies, but I can provide you with a CMS-1500 form if you'd like to submit it to your insurance company for reimbursement. 

Still not sure if counseling is right for your family?

There are two ways this can play out...

Option 1

Do nothing and hope for the best. She continues to stress over homework and tests at the expense of her social life, health, and happiness. She eventually either burns out and ends up settling for a life that is less than she was capable of. Or, she continues plowing through life and ends up achieving her goals, only to find that she forgot to enjoy it.

Maybe she develops a full blown mental health issues like anxiety, depression, or eating disorders. Maybe she even starts using dangerous coping habits like self harm, alcohol, or drugs. This is not a future anyone wants for their child. And if I'm being honest with you, I know all of this because this is what life was like for me. 

Option 2

Step in and get her some help. She learns healthy ways of dealing with stress and anxiety that benefit her for the rest of her life. She learns how to roll with challenges, disappointments, and failures. She learns how to take better care of herself so she doesn't burn out. She learns how to make decisons with confidence, prioritize tasks, and create balance so she gets to enjoy her life while doing what she needs to do.

She gains an appreciation for who she is as a person and determines her unique purpose in this world. She develops increased passion, motivation, and energy toward her goals instead of being filled with dread, stress, and fear. She grows up to have a successful career and tight relationships with friends and family who she gets to share it with. When she wins the Nobel Prize, she thanks you in her acceptance speech, saying she couldn't have done it without you. (Hey, a parent can dream, right?)