Monica Valdivia Aguilar, M.A.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 41352)
I have been working with children, adolescents, and their families since 1999. Using individual, group, family, & couples therapy, I help clients grow, heal, connect, and become empowered. In addition, I have a passion for community education and enjoy providing presentations and workshops to girls, teens, young women, colleges, and organizations. All of my services are available in English and/or Spanish.
Specialties: Coordinator of the Young Women’s Program. Supervisor for interns. Other areas of interest: Identifying and developing inner strengths to cope with life’s challenges; Helping families establish healthy relationships & positive communication, & address cross generational issues; Facilitating recovery from trauma; Helping teens emotionally prepare for the transitions, opportunities, and challenges of high school and college life; Understanding and managing depression and anxiety. Cultural diversity expertise: Working with women dealing with the intersections of career, culture, and family. Bi-cultural and bi-lingual in Spanish.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology: University of La Verne; Master of Arts, Psychology: emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy: Phillips Graduate Institute.
Other Experience: College mental health: Counseling Services at Woodbury University; counseling undergraduate and graduate students; Helping first generation college students succeed. Non profit 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. Certified: Critical incident stress management.
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