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Mi nombre es Joanna y soy psicoterapeuta licenciada en trabajo social. Recibí mi educación en las universidades de UCLA y USC. Mi manera de acercarme y trabajar con uds es de una manera relajada. Las personas con las cuales he trabajado me describen como una persona cuidadosa, compasiva y alguien que les brinda apoyo con un buen sentido del humor. Me gusta enfocarme en poder identificar sus fortalezas y propagar sus usos para superar sus obstáculos. Estoy aquí para ayudarte a navegar las cosas que encuentres difíciles ahorita y ofrezcas un espacio seguro en el cual pueden ser abiertos y honestos sin el temor de ser juzgados.

He trabajado con todas las edades, en diferentes capacidades en español e inglés. Mi especialidad es trabajar con sobrevivientes de trauma. Les brindo años de experiencia, buena energía, intervenciones interesantes y diferentes con una personalidad carismática. Yo siempre me aseguro de hacer todo tratamiento único y específico dependiendo de las necesidades del individuo. Ofrezco un espacio seguro en el cual te involucró, motivó y te escuchó sin juzgar. 

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I am a Peruvian therapist that grew up in the city of Cudahy so I am grateful to be in position were I can provide services to my Spanish speaking community. I received my education from UCLA and USC and my work is rooted in mental health, personal growth, radical self care and self- esteem. I advocate, motivate and educate on innovative healing to achieve a wholesome life.

Over the last 11 years I've had the privilege of holding multiple roles within the therapy world. I was at schools, foster care, adoptions, military bases, hospitals, non-profits, private practices, community clinics, family resource centers, inpatient, outpatient programs and even the substance abuse world. This allowed me to work with folks from all walks of life.

The inspiration behind my logo & name of my practice came during a ceremony in Iquitos, Peru. I decided to use the Condor, the sacred bird for the inca empire as it represents my values and the tenacity for everything that I do: ambition, boldness, strengths, balance & uniqueness. I use an alternative & holistic approach when providing services. I help individuals navigate ancestral healing, generational and inter-generational trauma as well as other conditions that affect our mood, thoughts, and behavior. I tailor treatment to each individual and offer a safe environment where I listen without judging you, motivate and engage you.‚Äč I bring years of experience, good energy, and unique interventions with a charismatic personality.

My passion is providing services to the re-entry population, treating psychotic disorders and most importantly working with the military/ veteran community.
My specialty is working with survivors of trauma through the use of psychedelics integration and animal assisted therapy. Collectively, my clinicians and I work with communities such: the first gen population, LGBT+, sex workers, & folks who are part of the lifestyle.

Joanna Amenero, MSW, LCSW, LPHA, RADT-C #94459

(Ella/ She/ Her)

 

My name is Maria, I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker who believes that all people have the ability to heal from past trauma and be successful in meeting their goals.  I am committed to supporting people through their journey of healing, self-discovery, self-acceptance and self-love utilizing a holistic approach that can be tailored to fit different personal needs. I believe in working side by side with people as equals and discovering interventions that work best with their lifestyle and personal beliefs. In therapy I use a combination of psycho-education, therapeutic interventions, mindfulness techniques and challenging defeating beliefs to help people in their therapy journey.  I provide a safe non-judgmental place in which people can work on things from skill building such as effective communication to uncovering how their past experiences, including trauma, has impacted their lives. 

I have a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. I am a bilingual therapist who can work with people who would prefer to receive services in Spanish of a combination of both languages. I have worked with women, re-entry populations, substance use disorder, youth, and eating disorders. I am driven by the belief that all people are worthy of love and belonging and have the right to live wholehearted happy lives. I believe that all people have the ability to feel empowered and work towards their goals with support and a good therapeutic alliance.

Maria Ortiz, LCSW #109163

 (She/ Her)

My name is Kianté McKinley, I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker. As a Black Queer Male who breaks all social norms, I couldn’t find many safe spaces to heal, be myself, and be vulnerable… so I created one! I received my education from Azusa Pacific University and The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. I consider myself an active therapist, combining experience, education, creativity, and a sense of humor with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to therapy.


My role as a therapist is to provide a safe and nurturing therapeutic environment for clients to work through a wide range of problems. I work with clients as a partner and assist them in developing more useful ways of thinking and behaving. I am a trauma-informed therapist and assist with getting back in touch with the needs of the mind and body. I believe we all have inherited strength and power that we sometimes cannot see for ourselves. My hope is that with time and the power of human connection, we are able to learn more about ourselves and love ourselves wholeheartedly.

Kianté McKinley, ACSW #105308

 (They/Them)

Hey there! My name is Leila Aguirre and I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker.  I am dedicated to creating a safe and understanding environment for individuals who have felt and still feel the inability to identify one.  My approach to therapy is a mixture of education, experience both professional and personal, collaboration, and lots of self-love and inner child work.  I strive to make collaborative and safe environments while utilizing various interventions, techniques, and authentic, positive energy while you work through behaviors, patterns and trauma. I view my role as a therapist to be your biggest advocate and encourage you throughout your healing journey.

I have a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work both from Azusa Pacific University with a clinical emphasis. I have worked with youth, adults, substance use disorders, re-entry population, and individuals living with disorders such as schizophrenia. I provide care with a trauma informed and strengths based lens. I know that therapy is such a personal and powerful experience and connecting with your therapist is important.  I am passionate about the work that I do and you can expect my authentic self to assist in building a strong therapeutic alliance.

Leila Aguirre, ACSW 102421

 (She/ Her)

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