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Blue Oak Counseling Services Finds Success, Helps Clients Thrive by Pivoting to Remote Therapy


When the pandemic hit, Blue Oak pivoted to 100% online appointments and grew exponentially by finding an incredible need for its services


ONTARIO, Calif. (July 11, 2021)—Like nearly every other industry globally, when the pandemic hit, the counseling and therapy sector had to find creative ways to pivot to an online environment to continue to serve clients. Given the nature of therapists' work and the increased instances of mental health struggles during the pandemic, therapists saw a growing demand for their online services. And Blue Oak Counseling Services based in Ontario, California is no exception. Read more..

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Tina Avila.

Tina, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?

My life has always been guided by the core values of compassion and empathy towards others. And rightfully so! These factors have always been monumentally present in my perspective as I had experienced dilemmas myself; immigrated from Thailand to California at the age of eight, overwhelmed by the feeling of uncertainty between excitement and expectations.


I was introduced to a new culture- American culture. In my teen years, I struggled with psychological issues of anger, depression, and social anxiety. However, I found solace in chaos and my struggles became the very reason I developed an interest towards the field of psychology and mental health in order to understand myself better.     Read more....


As the saying goes, “Do not judge a book by its cover”, it may seem a very romantic journey to an onlooker, but no the road wasn’t smoother at all. It never is. The biggest and foremost obstacle in my case was the diversity of my roles; as a mother, wife, and a business owner and the necessity of balancing them. I was struggling with becoming a mom who wasn’t doing enough, I had to deal with moments of juggling many responsibilities, staying up at times beyond that which my brain could handle, overwhelming anxiety as I was engrossed in the business 24/7, and having mom guilt under the surface of it all.


The multiple roles in my life demanded tremendous energy and time from me and it forced me to finally reevaluate and reexamine my core values and the reason for starting my business in the first place. Read more.

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