Risa Zirunarux-Shibata-Malaczewski, LCSW, MSW, C-DBT
5 years of experience
Please visit www.risamal.com
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression and life in general? You have been dealing with stress for so long and you feel like you need to talk to someone. If you are overwhelmed, lost and feeling down, I would like to talk to you about how therapy can benefit you.
I use a person-centered, empowerment-focused approach. I believe everyone has strengths and potential to emerge on the other side, given unconditional positive regard. I strive to create a radically safe space in which clients feel seen, heard and validated. Yet I understand everybody is talking about "safety" today, and it is my goal to collaborate with you to explore what safe space looks like or means to you in today's world.
I meet where the client is, and together we will collaborate to identify certain thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve you. I will provide you with tools to cope with these thoughts and feelings. I would like to empower YOU to find their voice, appreciate their needs and know that their needs and feelings do matter.
I specialize in complex PTSD, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and women's issues. I practice culturally responsive treatment, and intersectionality guides my practice. I am certified in DBT and tailor treatment based on the client's unique presenting concerns and needs, drawing from CBT, DBT, coaching techniques, Solution Focused Approach, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family System and body-based approach. I am constantly learning and advancing my knowledge/clinical skills and enjoy collaborating with clients. I believe that your lived experiences are unique and I look forward to connecting with you.
I am currently available on the Zoom Pro platform only.
I do not work with court-mandated cases, or custody cases involving law.
**24 hour cancellation policy. I will do my best to work with you and life happens. I will wait for 15 min and if it’s no show, a fee will be charged and if I have availability that day, I will do my best to work with you.
San Diego State Unversity, Masters in Social Work (Clinical Concentration)
University of California, Los Angeles, BA in Sociology
Certified in DBT
Solution Focused approach
Trained in CBT
Trained in IFS
Trained in ACT
In progress with Somatic approach
"I have been blessed to work with Risa as a client since 2020. I came to Risa as a neurodivergent patient who was struggling with undiagnosed anxiety and depression. These conditions were unidentified and unmanaged for most of my adult life, and they started to negatively impact my overall health, personal life, career, and quality of life.
Risa is one of the most compassionate, detail-oriented, and supportive medical professionals I have ever met. Whenever I am mentally or emotionally struggling, Risa is always there to help me work through the tough times with kind and positive regard. She connects with her clients uniquely and specially. She displays a natural abiity to make patients feel comfortable and safe.
Risa has exceptional skills as a therapist. She displays special counseling abilities: helping clients see their inner social and emotional strengths, encouraging self-awareness, and educating clients on tools and strategies that can empower them to reach their full potential.
On a personal level, Risa can understand my unique experience of being part of an immigrant family and the ancestral trauma attached to that. It has been a gift to collaborate with Risa on my mental health and achieve a better balance overall in my life. I highly recommend her services to prospective clients who are seeking counseling and a supportive professional!"