Latonia Ambush, LMHC
Latonia Ambush is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has a heart to work with teens and women. She provides individual and family therapy. She is an attachment-based therapist who believes in the power of connection and works from a holistic approach that attends to the spirit, soul, and body. Her approach is relational because she believes that it is the bedrock for successful therapy and fundamental to the healing process. She is eclectic and utilizes interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy while integrating other therapy approaches. She uses interventions from the expressive arts such as poetry and music. She provides Christian Counseling and support to those who desire faith-based counseling services upon request. She is a culturally sensitive therapist who recognizes the impact of racial trauma within the lives of communities of color.
My Passion Work
Latonia have experience working with a wide variety of conditions that include depression, grief & loss, trauma, life transitions, anxiety, family issues, conflict resolution, work-related problems, substance use disorders, and spiritual issues. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional who has received special training in the area of Complex Trauma. She is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Latonia works from a strengths-based perspective with the goal of helping others identify inner resources. Her goal is to help you collaboratively develop skills to address life’s challenges. She will strive to create a safe space for self-exploration and honest communication. She will work to uphold ethical standards that include honesty, informed consent, confidentiality, and professional boundaries. She offers empathic understanding and seek to help you gain insight and develop new perspectives. She strives to help you identify self-defeating patterns learned in childhood and adulthood in order to promote healthy decision making and behavior. She likes to think of the therapy process like that of the Ghanian concept Sankofa which means “Reach back to move forward.” She desires to assist others in moving from a place of surviving to thriving.
Complex trauma can occur when you experience repeated trauma such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, neglect, and emotional abandonment as a child, young person, or adult. It usually occurs within the context of a relationship and often involves being or feeling trapped. Complex trauma can cause you to struggle with shame and negative thoughts. This can impact your relationships as well as your ability to manage your feelings and daily life.
Anxiety and Depression are both very common. Anxiety is usually characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes within the body. Anxiety becomes a problem when it interferes with your activities of daily living such as work, school, and home life. Depression impacts the way you feel, think, and perform. It often impacts your sleep, eating, and work/school life. Depression impacts your mood and can cause you to isolate from others.
Unhealthy coping are harmful ways of coping that do not resolve the underlying stresses you are experiencing and may include drug use, overeating, and excessive use of social media. Learning healthy ways to manage stress and address distressing emotions by becoming intentionally aware and gaining emotional intelligence will promote good emotional health.
Racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress (RBTS), refers to the mental and emotional injury caused by the cumulative effects of racism as well as encounters with racial bias and ethnic discrimination. Racial trauma can impact you in the workplace as well as your relationships, and your interactions within the community. It has been observed in numerous communities of color and with people of all ages. Racial Trauma has been linked to feelings of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and other physical health issues. Therapy can be a safe place to process these experiences as well as issues related to Racial-Ethnic identity and obtain healthy ways of coping.
Grief and loss are common experiences that often include great pain and may involve addressing emotions such as anger, sadness, confusion, and hopelessness. Loss can include the death of a loved one, pregnancy loss related to the loss of a child or post abortion stress, and life transitions. You may not want to go through the grieving process alone. Whether you need help completing the tasks of mourning associated with grief counseling or help dealing with complicated grief reactions in grief therapy, the power of presence provided by a therapist can be beneficial.
Working with a therapist who will understand and respect your spiritual values may be important to you. Christian Counseling is available upon request to those who desire a therapist who provides mental health services from a Christian perspective. The integration of psychology and Christian views that are biblically based can provide a holistic approach to therapy or what I like to call “soul care”. I also provide services to those struggling with spiritual issues that include spiritual abuse.
11440 Okeechobee Blvd
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
Write to Us: