Marlena Cesar-Mendez, LICSW
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Marlena Cesar-Mendez

Psychotherapy, LICSW

Marlena Cesar-Mendez uses a trauma-informed, culturally-responsive, strengths-based, and collaborative approach to meet clients where they are and honor self-determination. She draws from a diverse toolkit that includes trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy. She specializes in treating adults and adolescents from multicultural communities.
Specialties
Anxiety and Panic Disorders
General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
Race and Ethnicity
Domestic Abuse and Violence
Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Finances
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$80-140
Sliding Scale
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UnitedHealthcare
Oxford Health Plans
Oscar
UHC Student Resources
Out-of-pocket
Licensed in
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Massachusetts
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Profile
“Growing up in a multicultural home and community gave me life experiences that help me relate to others and act as an asset on their healing journeys.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Initially, I wanted to become a police officer and was headed into that career. I always had a passion for helping and supporting others. However, I noticed the many challenges and restrictions in helping others that came with being a law enforcer. After some heavy research, I learned about licensed social workers and the many different ways I could use that career to help those who are hurting (especially those with trauma histories). Growing up in a multicultural home and community gave me life experiences that help me relate to others and act as an asset on their healing journeys. I have attended many trainings on trauma-informed care and this, along with my extensive experience in the medical field, has shaped my training.
What should someone know about working with you?
The client drives and guides the session; I support the client based on whatever they bring to session and want to focus on.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Trauma-informed and anti-racist work is extremely important to me. I want to learn more about the impact of trauma on the brain (i.e., the neuroscience behind it).
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Based on my own upbringing, culture impacts one’s own identity and sense of self. Our identities and backgrounds determine our experiences in life. I consider racism, sexism, and the many other isms that happen on different levels (macro, meso, and micro).
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m most excited about accessibility and consistency, which allow for the work to really be done. I’m also excited about the topic of the impact of racialized and generational trauma.
“The client drives and guides the session; I support the client based on whatever they bring to session and want to focus on.”
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