Monica Valdivia Aguilar, M.A., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #41352)

I have been working with adolescents, women and their families since 1999. Using individual, group, family, and couples therapy, I help clients grow, heal, connect, and become empowered. I use a relational, collaborative, strength- and skills-based approach.  I enjoy providing presentations and workshops to young women, colleges, and organizations. All of my services are available in English and/or Spanish.


  • Director of the Young Women’s Program
  • Clinical Supervisor for Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
  • AAMFT and CAMFT Certified Supervisor
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Foundational and multiple Advanced Trainings
  • Member of the Institute’s Comprehensive DBT Team
  • Couples therapy – Certified Imago Relationship Therapist.

Other areas of interest:

  • Identifying and developing inner strengths to cope with life’s challenges
  • Helping families establish healthy relationships and positive communication, and address cross generational issues
  • Understanding and managing depression and anxiety
  • Facilitating recovery from trauma
  • Working with body image and relationship with food
  • Helping teens and young women emotionally prepare for the transitions, opportunities, and challenges of high school and college life
  • Through my experience and passion in working in college mental health, I have enjoyed assisting college students in gaining the skills needed to help them navigate their way through a challenging year and semester.
  • Assisting couples- non-married, newly engaged, or married – in transforming power struggles into a place of connection in an empathically attuned safe space.
  • Cultural diversity expertise: Working with women dealing with the intersections of career, culture, and family
  • Bi-cultural and bi-lingual in Spanish.


  • Master of Arts, Psychology: emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy: Phillips Graduate Institute
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology: University of La Verne

Other Experience:

  • College mental health: Counseling Services at Woodbury University; counseling undergraduate and graduate students; Helping first generation college students succeed.
  • Nonprofit community work: In community mental health I discovered my passion for empowering girls, young women, and their families. Agencies include:
    • Valley Family Center
    • Center for Interpersonal Development
    • Child and Family Center
    • School based and clinic based services

Mission: To empower women and girls to: re-connect with their inner voice; honor their own cultural and diverse world experiences; heal from emotional wounds and pain; and develop healthy ways of communicating and connecting with others.


Phone: 626.585.8075 ext. 112

Upcoming Presentations:

College Grit: Getting Ready in Mind, Body, and Spirit