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There’s Always Help Out There: A Podcast With My Therapist

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by Jose Medrano

After dealing with depression for a few years, I decided Spring of 2017 that I would finally make the effort to see a therapist.

I was tired of dealing with feelings of self-loathing and losing my sense of self. However, this might have been a little easier said than done. When my local clinic first referred me to a therapist, the therapist had a ridiculously limited schedule which didn’t work well with my school schedule, so I was not able to ever have a meeting with him. Later that Summer, I went to another clinic that accepted my insurance  and covered mental health services. Unfortunately at that clinic, my first appointment was mailed to me without any prior discussion, and it also conflicted with my school schedule.

When I tried to call them to reschedule, they would never answer regardless of what day or time of the week I called. I was also too busy to go in to the clinic myself because of school. This past February, I brought up this struggle to my doctor, and she assigned me a case worker who made it their priority to find me a good therapist. Within one week of talking to my doctor, I was reached out to and was able to schedule my therapy at a convenient time for me. Of course, I was a little bit nervous to finally begin such a major step towards good mental health, but it’s a step that many of us need to take.

I sat down with my therapist, JC, and asked him a few questions about why therapy is important to him and how he feels he is making a difference as a therapist.

Eskwilax Hour Empowers and Embraces all Walks of Life

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by Jose Medrano

Marco Ramos, Talent Scout/Co-Producer (Left) and Efrain Martinez, Founder/Co-Producer (Right).

Helping community artists overcome their fears, The Eskwilax Hour provides a platform that empowers and embraces all walks of life. I recently sat down with the show’s producers Efrain Martinez and Marco Ramos to discuss the origins and future of their Facebook Live show. Having been interviewed on Episode 149, I was immediately fascinated by what The Eskwilax Hour does to help local artists gain exposure and discuss their art. First airing in 2015, The Eskwilax Hour is now well-known name on the streets of Boyle Heights.

Live episodes of The Eskwilax Hour air Fridays 4-6pm on

You can watch past episodes here:

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If you are interested in appearing on the show, you can direct message The Eskwilax Hour through their above listed Instagram, or by direct messaging Marco Ramos at

Support Efrain’s coffee shop:

Zapotec Cafe

2310 Whittier Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90023

Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm

Fri-Sun 8am-3pm

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