About

Guiding womxn to give themselves permission to live their best life.

Mi nombre es Elsa (she/her/ella). I am a first-generation Mexican-American, I enjoy coffee in the morning, love pop-culture, gardening, and dog mama to two cute dogs. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, earned my Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s Social Work to address the disparities in the Latinx community.

I have been a therapist for nine years servicing youth, young adults, and families. I specialize in treating trauma, depression, and anxiety through the use of client centered, somatic based methods, as well as evidenced based practices.

Having my own experience as a first-generation Latina, I have a strength for working with tweens (ages 10-12), youth (13-18), transitional aged youth (18-24) and adults with a particular focus on girls/womxn.

My sessions are structured in a conversational and strength based method. I believe in highlighting peoples’ strengths and guiding them through the discovery of their inner guerrera (warrior).

Education

I graduated from California Polytechnic University, Pomona with my Bachelor’s in Sociology. I received my Masters in Social Work from California State University, San Bernardino with a specialization in Mental Health.

Treatment Methods and Philosophy

I prioritize the client’s level of comfort to reassure we create a trusting foundation to our therapeutic relationship. I am the co-pilot to your journey and help you navigate life while teaching you skills to help manage everyday challenges.

I use the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM). To teach, you how to “restore” your nervous system into a state of natural balance while increasing awareness of your internal responses to high stress situations. I have used this model on individuals that live with symptoms of trauma, anger, anxiety, and depression.

I believe in a mind-body approach and incorporate a holistic perspective into treatment. I have training in Nutritional Psychology which allows me to provide psychoeducation the relationship between food and mental health. I have completed a training with UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Practices which focuses on mindfulness exercises and techniques.

Other treatment methods in my background include, garden-oriented activities, play, art, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.