We had the good fortune of connecting with Lluliana Flores, LCSW and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lluliana, what’s your definition for success?
Over the years my definition of success has changed. Thinking back to when I was younger, I would have said to have a lot of money. However, I now believe there is a lot more to success than just the financial aspect. Success includes many factors, such as having time to spend with loved ones, enjoying what you do in regards to your work, and that you are contributing to the community in a positive manner. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity of following my passion for helping others and becoming a licensed clinical social worker.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am a Latina Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist and owner of Flores Therapy and Wellness PLLC. To be able to make that sentence a reality, it took many years of studying, hard work, mentoring, and courage. I specialize in treating symptoms of trauma, grief, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, and depression among other life’s difficulties. I have over seven years of experience in the mental health field with a concentration on children and families. Children have taught me so much about patience, curiosity, and acceptance of others. This allows me to offer these same qualities to those I meet and a safe space where my clients can feel seen, heard, and understood.
In the last few years, I have also gained experience working individually with adults (shhh… don’t tell anyone, but I have this theory that adults are kids in big bodies that have to do “adult-ish” things). Keeping this in mind, I proactively strive to be authentic, add humor, and art to the work I do, and often encourage my clients to engage in childlike activities. My goal is to aid my clients in slowing down by increasing awareness, processing trauma, and/or identifying ways of caring for themselves so that they can be fully present for themselves and those around them.
Another aspect that makes my business unique, is that I am the child of immigrants and have a different perspective to provide. I enjoy working with immigrant families, Dreamers, and first-generation Americans. I offer services in English and Spanish. I also consider myself an LGBTQIA+ ally and as a social worker, strive to aid in advocating for human rights.
I take my work seriously and try to perfect as much as possible for every client to feel important, have a legitimate connection with them, and have lasting results. Being a perfectionist, however, can sometimes be limiting as I question myself and/or doubt what I do. It took many months to take the step of starting my private practice. I also had many mentors encourage me before I could believe in myself. I wondered how I would market, and would I do well in networking events after a couple of years of quarantine. I also wondered about the legalities of owning a business and who would I discuss any concerns with. However, I’ve had many great mentors and much support from my family and friends which have led to my success.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way is to face my fear. There will always be someone I can turn to ask for help or guidance if I do not know. Something I would do differently is take a bit more time in researching how the specific business one is interested in is ran, and reach out to other business owners and ask about their experience.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend were in town for a week, there are a few places I’d make sure we visit. I would start local, in Phoenix visiting a few of my favorite restaurants. El Guanaquito, for authentic Salvadoran food and drinks. La Flor de Calabaza has amazing Mexican food and an even better atmosphere with karaoke nights and live bands. I would also make sure we make a stop at The Vig for yummy American food and live music. In regards to places, we can explore, I definitely would suggest going for a hike if it’s not too hot. Another option would be to go up North to Sedona where there are nice hiking trails, wine tasting, and great areas for self-care activities (massage, meditation parks, tours). Another option is Jerome, as it is a small town, where everyone is very nice, the people in the town know each other, you feel at ease, and you don’t hear much of the city noise. They also have delicious food such as The Hunted Burger.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ve heard, “it takes a village to raise a child.” I would add, “it takes a village to be successful.” I am very fortunate to have had many mentors along my journey. First and foremost, I am thankful to God, my parents, family, and friends. Secondly, my teachers, especially Ms. Casillas (2nd grade) and Mr. Peralta (7th grade). Thirdly, the Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program, especially my advisor Maria Moreno. My professors, especially the wonderful professor, supervisor, and mentor Adrian Umaña-Taylor. My clinical supervisors, especially Elias Burboa who took me under his wing as a new psychotherapist and continues to mentor me through the knowledge and passion he shared with me. Of course, I cannot forget my colleagues and clients who continue to support me in my business endeavors and growth as a psychotherapist.

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