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.

Specialties: 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.

Education:  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