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
- 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
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