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Dara Cortes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PPSC
Photo of Dara Cortes, MSW, LCSW, PPSC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist

Dara Cortes

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PPSC

Verified by Psychology Today Verified by Psychology Today
32392 S Coast Hwy, Ste 250, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Let's Connect (949) 247-8540
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Life can be challenging, painful, frustrating, and uncertain at times. Through therapeutic means, we can work together to explore meaningful and creative ways to break down barriers and find the appropriate means for you to feel good in your skin. There are no guarantees in what life throws our way. There are however, beautiful opportunities in every situation we encompass, to respond effectively and empower ourselves to live the best life possible. I welcome the opportunity to journey through this process with you.
I work with clients in a strength based and empathic way to break down road blocks that are preventing quality of life. The purpose of my work is to empower clients in their own walk, and specifically for clients to understand the emotional/psychological benefits of healthy perceptions and healthy interpersonal relationships.
My experience in the mental health and education sectors extends over 20 years. I have been a specialist in the Orange County Teen Court, as well as presented on Trauma Informed Practices at the county and state level. I have provided mental health treatment to youth/adults in individual, as well as couples/family therapy.
Take the first step to help. Call or Dara Cortes now - (949) 247-8540

My Practice at a Glance

Available both in-person and online

Laguna Family Health Center

32392 S Coast Hwy, Ste 250

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(949) 247-8540
Hello, I offer therapy sessions in-person, or online via video. I'm available most weekday mornings and early afternoons.
$175 Per Session, I accept insurance 
I see individuals, couples and families  
Let's Connect (949) 247-8540
Photo of Dara Cortes, MSW, LCSW, PPSC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist

My Practice at a Glance

Available both in-person and online

Laguna Family Health Center

32392 S Coast Hwy, Ste 250

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(949) 247-8540
Hello, I offer therapy sessions in-person, or online via video. I'm available most weekday mornings and early afternoons.
$175 Per Session, I accept insurance 
I see individuals, couples and families  

Finances

Fees

  • Individual Sessions $175
  • Couple Sessions $225
  • Sliding scale: apply if you may be eligible
  • Pay by American Express, Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Shield
  • Magellan
  • Out of Network
Check fees and, if listed, ask to verify your insurance coverage. or (949) 247-8540
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Dara Cortes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PPSC
Check fees and, if listed, ask to verify your insurance coverage. or (949) 247-8540
Photo of Dara Cortes, MSW, LCSW, PPSC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dara Cortes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PPSC

Qualifications

  • Verified by Psychology Today Licensed by State of California / 27426 Dara Cortes
  • Certificate from Phi Alpha Honor Social Work Society 2004
  • Certificate from California Commission on Teaching Credentialing Pupil Personnel Svcs Credent. / 2004
Feel free to ask about qualifications and training experience. or (949) 247-8540
Photo of Dara Cortes, MSW, LCSW, PPSC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dara Cortes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PPSC
Feel free to ask about qualifications and training experience. or (949) 247-8540
Photo of Dara Cortes, MSW, LCSW, PPSC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dara Cortes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PPSC

Specialties and Expertise

Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Body Positivity
  • Cancer
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress
  • Substance Use
  • Teen Violence
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Veterans
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Women's Issues
Do these issues align with your needs? or (949) 247-8540
Photo of Dara Cortes, MSW, LCSW, PPSC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dara Cortes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PPSC
Do these issues align with your needs? or (949) 247-8540
Photo of Dara Cortes, MSW, LCSW, PPSC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dara Cortes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PPSC

Client Focus

Age

Preteen
Teen
Adults
Elders (65+)

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Family

Communities

Bisexual Allied
Blind Allied
Deaf Allied
Gay Allied
HIV / AIDS Allied
Immuno-disorders
Intersex Allied
Lesbian Allied
Little Person Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Sex Worker Allied
Single Mother
Transgender Allied

Age

Preteen
Teen
Adults
Elders (65+)

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Family

Communities

Bisexual Allied
Blind Allied
Deaf Allied
Gay Allied
HIV / AIDS Allied
Immuno-disorders
Intersex Allied
Lesbian Allied
Little Person Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Sex Worker Allied
Single Mother
Transgender Allied

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Humanistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural
  • Person-Centered
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relational
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Strength-Based
  • Trauma Focused
Ask about what different forms of therapy will be like. or (949) 247-8540
Photo of Dara Cortes, MSW, LCSW, PPSC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dara Cortes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PPSC
Ask about what different forms of therapy will be like. or (949) 247-8540
Photo of Dara Cortes, MSW, LCSW, PPSC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dara Cortes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PPSC

Location

Primary Location

Laguna Family Health Center

32392 S Coast Hwy, Ste 250

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(949) 247-8540
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Hello, I offer therapy sessions in-person, or online via video. I'm available most weekday mornings and early afternoons.
Take the first step to help. Call now - (949) 247-8540
Photo of Dara Cortes, MSW, LCSW, PPSC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dara Cortes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PPSC
"
Hello, I offer therapy sessions in-person, or online via video. I'm available most weekday mornings and early afternoons.
Take the first step to help. Call now - (949) 247-8540
Photo of Dara Cortes, MSW, LCSW, PPSC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Dara Cortes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PPSC