Chala Barrington-Cruz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Chala Barrington-Cruz, LCSW, MSW, MA-ABA

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I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. I've practiced in both fields of Social Work and ABA. Parenting is not an easy task. And when parenting a child with special needs, it can make the task feel impossible. New Beginnings provide parents with online counseling services, to help and support caregivers during this transitional season of life.

Raising a child with special needs is undoubtedly taxing mentally and physically.
But the emotional and mental fatigue actually gets to most of my counseling clients,
I feel you; I am one of you!
I understand when you can't have a fun day at the zoo or the park because you constantly have to scan your kid and the environment. It hurts when someone says something unkind about your child's behavior or appearance . Having to calculate an exit strategy or a plan B everywhere you go, takes a toll on your mental health.
I want to provide parents a safe place where you can seek professional counseling as a special needs parent.
Iʼve practiced in both Social Work and Applied Behavior Analysis fields. Iʼve earned my Masters degree from Tulane University, and also master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. I have over 19 years of experience working with families and children.
You might joke about just living forever to always be by your child's side. But other times, you feel like running away because you can't keep parenting anymore.
When you have tried talking to your family and friends, but they never really understand what you are going through, come see me at New Beginnings for professional counseling, support and understanding.
People parenting kids with disabilities are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. This emotional unrest can have an immense effect on your physical and mental health. That is why I decided to support parents and caregivers via Telehealth so that they can take the best care of themselves.
I aim to bring hope to parents struggling to parent kids with disabilities and help them find a balance they have been looking for. My counseling takes into account your unique situation and challenges. Following are some ways that I help special needs parents and caregivers in counseling.
● Developing Self-care Routines
"I can't take it anymore." is one of the most heard things during my first counseling session with a special needs parent. I counsel you to realize that you can only continue to take care of your child by prioritizing caring for yourself.
● Fostering The Strength To Advocate; For Your Child And Yourself Often special needs parents regret the time they couldn't find the courage to stand up for their child. I can help you prepare for challenging moments by focusing on finding ways your child is fully supported everywhere.
● Overcoming Shame And Guilt
I partner with special needs parents to help them accept themselves and encourage them to live more authentically.
● Coping With Anxiety
I understand the physical realities of special needs parenting. I love helping my clients find practical ways of managing their anxiety that 'fit' into their unique circumstances.
I also provide telehealth therapy services for parents who just need supportive counseling or a listening ear. They may not even have a child with special needs/disabilities but might be overwhelmed and stressed with parenting.
Currently, I provide telehealth services in the State of Florida only and accept most insurances.
I wish and pray that I can assist with parenting a child with special needs or even just the stress of being a parent while keeping a check on your mental health.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Career
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Coaching
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Community Specialties

  • Autism

Faith Based Specialties

  • Christianity

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$100.00 - $120.00
Sliding Scale
No
Pay By
Credit Card, Mastercard, Visa
Insurance Plans Accepted
Aetna
,
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
,
Cigna
,
Humana
,
Optum
,
United Healthcare
,

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
4
License(s)
License #
state
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
SW 15707
Florida
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
Tulane University
MSW
2004
Ball State University
Applied Behavior Analysis
2018