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Ivette Rabanal

Ivette Rabanal


20 years of experience

Ivette is the founder of Strength in Unity Services-SW. She has dedicated her professional life to working with underserved populations and military Service Members and Veterans. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor, a Board-Certified Social Work Supervisor, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She has served in the US Army for 25 years as a Behavioral Health Officer and deployed to various countries in support of humanitarian and combat missions. Ivette's approach is multi-systemic and inclusive, strength-based, and trauma-focused, with special attention to cultural considerations.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

At Strength in Unity Services-SW, we offer a variety of treatment modalities to suit your unique needs. By using evidence-based practice models, we aim to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment by research-proven principles and practices. You can expect to be treated with respect and dignity, in a culturally-aware setting.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

The health and well-being of our community are a priority for Strength in Unity Services SW (SiUSSW). Therefore, we take a multi-systemic approach to support our community by providing direct services to individuals and families while building capacity among our new providers who need mentorship and supervision. Furthermore, our expertise in a variety of behavioral health specialities allow us to provide premier training to further skills among our behavioral health care force.

About Ivette Rabanal



My treatment methods

Cognitive Processing (CPT)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) helps individuals recover from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and similar issues stemming from trauma. Throughout 12 sessions, you will learn to recognize and alter negative thought patterns that have emerged following your traumatic experiences. Essentially, it's about reframing your understanding of the event, enabling you to cope better and move forward with your lives.

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) will help you learn to understand and change the way you think and act. It helps you deal with problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. Then, you learn new ways to think about these parts and develop better ways to cope with them. It's like training your brain to be more positive and effective in handling life's challenges.

Dialectical Behavior (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) helps people manage their emotions and relationships better. It teaches skills like mindfulness, which is paying attention to the present moment, and how to handle stressful situations without making things worse. DBT also helps people learn how to communicate their needs effectively and build healthier relationships with others.

Acceptance and commitment (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focuses on accepting what's beyond your control and committing to actions that enrich your life. It helps you to understand and accept your thoughts and feelings, even if they're uncomfortable. Then, it guides you to take actions that align with your values and goals, rather than letting your thoughts and feelings hold you back. In essence, it's about living a meaningful life while learning to manage your inner experiences.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing helps people find their own motivation to make positive changes in their lives. Instead of telling them what to do, the therapist guides them through open-ended questions and discussions, helping them explore their feelings, values, and goals. The goal is to inspire inner motivation and confidence to take steps toward change. It's like having a supportive coach who helps you discover your own reasons for making improvements.