131 Oak Meadow Dr., Pataskala, OH 43062

José Francisco Avilés-Acosta, PsyD

  • EAP Therapist
  • Ohio
  • Telehealth
  • Spanish & English

Dr. José Francisco Avilés-Acosta (they/ them) is a licensed clinical psychologist (PsyD) who identifies as non-binary and gender non-conforming. With a passion for poetry and a dedication to serving diverse communities, Dr. Avilés-Acosta offers therapy services in both Spanish and English.

During undergraduate and graduate studies in Puerto Rico, Dr. Avilés-Acosta honed their listening skills while working as a hairstylist. This experience instilled in them a deep appreciation for the power of attentive listening and empathy in therapeutic relationships.

Dr. Avilés-Acosta’s therapeutic approach is deeply rooted in principles of Liberation Psychology and interculturalism. They integrate evidence-informed therapy approaches such as psychodynamics, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, pluralistic therapy, interpersonal therapy, unified protocol, process-based cognitive-behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy into their practice.

Central to Dr. Avilés-Acosta’s approach is the belief that the individual they work with is the expert in their own experience. They prioritize collaboration and empower clients to identify what strategies and interventions are most helpful for them.

With a diverse range of clinical experiences, Dr. Avilés-Acosta has supported emerging adults in addressing relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar disorders, and adapting to life’s challenges. They have also provided guidance and support to individuals navigating identity exploration, gender identity manifestation, and LGBTQIA+ experiences, as well as those adjusting to life as immigrants.

Dr. Avilés-Acosta’s commitment to professional development is evident in their extensive training. They have received specialized training from the Gottman Institute, Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapies, and anti-racist approaches. Additionally, Dr. Avilés-Acosta has pursued training in multidimensional supervision, psychodrama, decolonized mental health practices, sociocultural trauma, and non-monogamous relationships.

Outside of their professional endeavors, Dr. Avilés-Acosta enjoys cooking, gaming, reading, writing, staying connected with friends and family through video calls, and basking in warm weather.

Their dedication to integrating Liberation Psychology into clinical practice has led them to contribute to publication projects on Clinical Supervision and develop training programs for licensed mental health professionals. Dr. Avilés-Acosta’s expertise has also earned them recognition at national and international professional conferences.