Vanessa Cruz

You might be going through some things, but you don’t have to go through it alone. That’s where I come in. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor but you can call me a breakthrough specialist.  I believe counseling can be a catalyst toward breakthrough when we take a season out of our lives to allow for self- reflection and deep insight. 

In order to better serve my clients, I am also Certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and have several years of experience supporting clients that experience the following:

Trauma Related Stress

When you have experienced a traumatic event, even though the crisis is over you may still be experiencing, or may experience later, some strong emotional or physical reactions. It is very common, and in fact quite normal, for people to experience reactions to a particularly horrible and terrifying experience.

Anxiety & Endless Worry

Fear and anxiety are a part of life but it shouldn’t overtake your life.  In some cases, worry can become so excessive or chronic that it can cause sufferers to dread everyday situations. Anxiety is typified by worries and expectations of negative outcomes in unknown situations, and such concerns are often accompanied by physical symptoms. 

Depression and Continuous Sadness

No, you can’t just snap out of it. Even though feeling sad from time to time is common, depression changes how you think, feel, and function in daily activities. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness can be intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.

Mood Related Issues

It’s normal to have days where you feel sad or days when you’re overjoyed. As long as your mood changes don’t interfere with your life to an extreme degree, they’re generally considered to be healthy. However, some causes of rapid changes in mood and behavior can be related to mental health, hormones or other health conditions. Let’s work through this together.


  • Faith and Spiritual Growth
  • Dating and Breakups
  • Relationship and Marriage Concerns
  • Creating Healthy Boundaries
  • Discover Purpose in Your Season
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Navigating Singleness


What are your fees?


Individual Psychotherapy length: 45 Minutes

Investment: $85 a session


If you would like to use your insurance I would be considered an out-of-network provider. You would be responsible for paying my fee and I will provide you with a Superbill (a receipt for services) for you to submit to your insurance provider.

Please check with your insurance provider for the details of your coverage. When contacting your provider be sure to ask the following questions:

  • Do I have out-of-network coverage for mental health?
  • Do you cover the LCPC license (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor)?
  • What is my out of pocket payment before my deductible is met?
  • What percentage of the fee for each visit will be covered?
  • How many visits are covered per calendar year?

A note about insurance: The benefit of not using your insurance the traditional way is that your psychotherapy treatment is fully your own and completely confidential. It will be determined by you and me with no restrictions from your insurance company.  

**Please note that benefits are an agreement between you and your insurance company. We cannot guarantee any insurance coverage or reimbursement. If you have eligibility concerns or questions, you should contact your insurance provider directly.

What can I expect from online/video counseling?


Firstly, you will experience the same level of care and professionalism you would if I were seeing you in person, but the greatest benefit you will find with video therapy is the ease and flexibility to be able to have a session wherever you are. This is especially helpful for those with transportation concerns, those with limited margin for time or travel often. And, due to online counseling’s ease of use, you might be more likely to stick with your therapy program.


You can also expect HIPAA compliant privacy.  Not only is the information you share confidential but the platform through which we will meet, Simple Practice establishes a bank-level encryption and security transmitted between patients and providers.


The effects of online psychotherapy outlasted the results of face-to-face counseling.
A University of Zurich study divided a group of 62 patients in half and found that depression was eased in 53 percent of those given online therapy, compared to 50 percent who had in-person counseling. Three months after completing the study, 57 percent of online patients showed no signs of depression compared to 42 percent with conventional therapy.

— Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013

A Canadian study shows that online therapy delivers the same satisfaction at slightly less the cost.
Patients in Ontario, Canada were assigned to face-to-face or live video counseling and experienced statistically the same clinical outcome and level of patient satisfaction. The only difference was that the cost of providing the online service was 10% less per patient.

— American Psychiatric Association, 2007

Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy helped reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder with effects that lasted until well after the treatment had ended.
A pilot study compared the effectiveness of online cognitive behavioral therapy and in-person supportive therapy in 45 Defense service members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the September 11th attack. After eight weeks those receiving online therapy showed greater improvement. Six months after their first meeting those who had received online therapy continued to show improvement, in direct contrast to the in-person group.

— American Journal of Psychiatry, November 2007

How do I prepare for our session?

Here are some video therapy tips

  • Make sure you have a good internet connection and close any unnecessary programs and applications on your computer. These take away from resources needed for your computer to run efficiently.
  • About 10 mins before our appointment, you’ll be emailed a link to our video session. Click on it when our session is scheduled to start on your laptop/desktop or through the “Telehealth by SimplePractice” app (download free in the app store). Make sure to allow the use of your camera and audio on your computer or mobile device.
  • Choose a quiet and private location for our meeting.

Still have questions?

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