Victoria Parrilla, MMFT

Victoria Parrilla, MMFT
Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (AMFT 120681)

Supervised by Melissa J. Johnson, Ph.D., (PSY 13102) and Danielle Neddo, Psy.D., (PSY29486)

I am a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate in the Institute’s Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice (CASP) and a member of the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) team.   I value the therapeutic relationship and hold it with care and compassion. Using a collaborative approach, I bring warmth and curiosity in my work with clients.

I am passionate about working with girls and adolescents to empower them to live their most meaningful lives. I strive to understand my clients and their various identities, values, aspirations, and challenges. My hope is to help my clients navigate the complexities of day-to-day life, their emotions, and their inner worlds – and to support them in creating a sense of balance and stability.  Through insight and skills, I support growth in children, teens, and families.

Cultural responsiveness is important in my work with clients, and I explore the ways in which cultural identities influence their experiences of the world. 

Specialties:

I provide support for growth in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Trauma
  • Crisis
  • Divorce
  • Body Image Concerns
  • LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy

Additional information about my specialties:

I am an active and engaged therapist who is committed to understanding my clients with cultural sensitivity.  I understand there can be discomfort in change, and I will be there to support my clients in tolerating the discomfort that may surface. In order to facilitate healing, we must go through this process. I use mindfulness-based and strengths-based approaches to assist girls and teenagers as they sit through these challenging emotions and to feel confident in their abilities to do so. Over time, youth and families will notice that the work done in session will translate to their outside lives.

Presentations and Workshops:

  • Why Don’t We Talk to Men and Boys About Body Image? An Exploration of Body Image Issues on Men’s Health, Poster Session, University of Southern California
  • Narcissist: The Skilled Abuser, Panelist Guest, SGV CAMFT chapter meeting
  • Body Image Predicts Perceptions, Louisiana Alliance Minority Participation Poster Session, Tulane University

Advanced Training:

  • DBT Onboarding Training for Therapists Joining Existing DBT Teams with Patricia Gieselman
  • Licensed Be Body Positive Facilitator

Prior Experience:

  • Camino Nuevo Charter Academy- MFT Trainee
  • Eden House- Resident Support Intern

Education:

  • Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Public Health, Tulane University

Mission:

To support girls and women as they build upon their resiliency to live their lives congruently with their values and to trust themselves and their inner resources.

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Email: VParrilla@IFGD.care

Phone: 626.585.8075 ext. 155

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