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66: How to Find a Therapist- A Complete Guide

Finding a good therapist can feel a lot like dating (exhausting!), but don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Today Zuri is chatting with Lia Mancao, a licensed therapist about who therapy is for; why we need to toss out the stigmas surrounding mental health; and the new therapy technique that is helping to treat Prince Harry’s trauma.

Stay tuned as Z shares her journey to finding a therapist and how it’s helped with her personal growth (especially as a reformed people-pleaser). Finally, Lia shares tips on how to break up with your therapist and why its important for WOC & Queer folx to find a therapist that understands them and their lived realities.

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Alyssa "Lia" Mancao is a licensed mental health therapist and group practice owner based in Sherman Oaks, California. She is a proud alumna of Cal Poly Pomona and USC. Alyssa specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and trauma as well as helping her clients connect with their inner child.

Alyssa works with clients to help them make connections from the past to the present while also teaching various coping skills to help improve their symptoms and interpersonal relationships. Her approach utilizes a mix between psychodynamic modalities, cognitive behavior therapy, and EMDR depending on each person's needs. In addition to her work as a therapist, she also contributes to various magazine articles addressing self-esteem, coping, and emotional independence.

Connect with Lia: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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Zuri Hall is an Emmy award-winning TV host (Access Hollywood, American Ninja Warrior) and is the executive producer & host of this millennial-focused podcast that will empower women to avoid “best life burnout” through candid conversation, expert panel discussions, and real-life, human interest stories from everyday women.

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