February 12, 2020
Trigger Warning: The information shared here may be found triggering for individuals who have personally experienced sexual abuse or assault at any point of their lives. Please prioritize your inner needs, take breaks from the episode if you choose to listen. Of all victims under age 18, 2 out of 3 are within the ages of 12 and 17. One in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of adults. 93% of the perpetrators is someone the survivors knows.  Dr. Lydiana Garcia is a Boricua licensed psychologist in Los Angeles, CA and shares with us what sexual abuse is, statistics on child sexual abuse, common signs teens may have if they have been abused, recommended way of handling not only a suspicion of abuse, but also the disclosure of sexual abuse. We also talk about common cultural things such as secrets and the effects that sexual abuse on a young family member has on the entire family system.  Follow her on Instagram and Facebook: About our Sponsor CONSENTparenting™: "CONSENTparenting™ is an online platform for survivor parents to learn how to empower their kids about body safety, boundaries and consent to protect them from abuse. Sign up for their CHILD PREDATOR PROTECTION MASTERCLASS to learn the 3 things you can do to protect your kids from (online + offline) 'predatory grooming' so that your kids are not targeted and can prevent abuse.  Use code: LATINX to get 50% off the class on" Resources: Find a Latinx Therapist: Helping Your Child Recover from Sexual Abuse When Your Child has Been Molested (A Parents Guide) Healing the Harm Done (Bilingual Book) Sign up for our therapist network: Sign up for our Patreon to support:
February 11, 2020
En este segmento sobre abuso de sustancias, damos la bienvenida a Genesis Games, LMHC de Miami, Florida. Ella nos habla de su experiencia profesional con el abuso de alcohol, cómo se define el abuso de alcohol, los efectos que tiene sobre el individuo y la familia, los mitos detrás de esto en nuestra cultura, la mejor manera de apoyar a alguien con este problema y comparte recursos para los miembros de la familia para utilizar. Si te gusta este episodio, déjanos una reseña en iTunes! Para apoyar esta causa, considere donar, contáctenos en o continúe a través de Venmo handle @latinxtherapy.  Síganos en las redes sociales: IG / Twitter: @LatinxTherapy, Facebook: Latinx Therapy Para Aprender Sobre Nuestra Invitada: Genesis Games, Instagram @themiamitherapist Recursos Bilingüe:  Encuentre un terapeuta: Alcohólicos Anónimos: SAHMSA:  Línea de Ayuda: 1-800-662-4357  
January 30, 2020
In this episode on substance abuse, we welcome Genesis Games, LMHC from Miami, Florida. She sheds light on her knowledge with alcohol abuse, how alcohol abuse is defined, the effects it has on the individual and the family, the myths behind it in our culture & the best way to support someone with this issue. Follow Genesis on Instagram: @themiamitherapist & check out her practice at:  If you like this episode, we would greatly appreciate a review on iTunes. Follow us on social media: IG/Twitter: @LatinxTherapy, Facebook: Latinx Therapy.  To support this cause please consider donating, contact us at or go ahead via Venmo handle is @latinxtherapy.  Resources:  Find a Therapist:  Alcoholics Anonymous: Smart Recovery: For articles & resources check out SAHMSA:  National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357   Sponsor: CONSENTparenting™ is an online platform for survivor parents to learn how to empower their kids about body safety, boundaries and consent to protect them from abuse. Sign up for their CHILD PREDATOR PROTECTION MASTERCLASS to learn the 3 things you can do to protect your kids from (online + offline) 'predatory grooming' so that your kids are not targeted and can prevent abuse. You can break the cycle. Use code: LATINX to get 50% off the class, here
January 16, 2020
Season 3 will be dedicated to Children's Mental Health topics. Please note that I recorded many of these interviews in 2018 but just was not been able to edit and release them due to many schedule changes I had in my life in 2019. The reason why I had thought of having a whole season on children mental health is truly because there’s a child in all of us, so even if you are not a parent or caregiver, this is for anyone who grew up as a child in the Latinx culture.  In this trailer, I give a few updates with Latinx Therapy including We opened a wellness center in Burbank, CA and are renting office spaces & have a group/training room for events (fits 30 people). We are also renting our podcast studio for $12/hr. Latinx Therapy is launching a speaker directory so organizations can find a Latinx mental health professional for workshops, panels, keynotes & more. Check us out on our site!  Our Therapist-Directory is growing! Find your Latinx Therapist on If you need to use your insurance, check out our Resources tab & select "Non-Profits" then filter by state and "mental health." Sponsorships/ad spots on the podcast for Latinx small business owners, fill out if interested in 15-second pre-roll ads: I will be posting my events and upcoming speaking engagements on my homepage of our website, and on my Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Follow us: @latinxtherapy  Thank you for all your support! Next episode is set to release on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week! 
January 8, 2020
What is codependency for you? The following therapists use personal examples but also examples they use in the therapy setting. We define codependency, discuss cultural signs that may indicate we are codependent, overcoming codependency & more.  Our speakers were: Luis Cornejo, LMFT @psychosocial_media Stefany Fuentes, LMFT @vidacounselingandconsulting Claudette Meystayer, LCSW– Nicaragua – addictions - @therapywithclaudette Evelyn Mejia, LMFT - @lamaripositahealing We were hosted by Palo Alto University’s campus. Resources: Find a Latinx Therapist: Codependent anonymous groups: 11 síntomas característicos de la codependencia emocional Book: Anger Management Essentials Book: Codependent No More by Melanie Beattie  Book: Women Who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood Therapists- To sign up for our directory, visit For any other questions, contact us at  
June 4, 2019
 Yanira Peña, LMFT from Tustin, CA is one of our two season closers. We recorded this special episode on May 18th, 2019 LIVE in front of 70 people who attended our 1 year celebration in Los Angeles. This episode discusses the separation of religion, therapy and mental health. We review common misconceptions through her experience of being raised Catholic and now practicing Christianity. Yanira discloses a personal experience where she needed to embrace both religion and therapy. She uses both her professional and personal experience with this topic! We do want to advise that there is a trigger warning discussing miscarriage. If you like the episode, leave us a review on itunes! To support this cause please consider donating, contact us at or go ahead via Venmo handle is @latinxtherapy. Follow us on social media: IG/Twitter: @LatinxTherapy, Facebook: Latinx Therapy Resources: Yanira Peña, Instagram: @nbcounselingtc_105 ( Find a Therapist: Article for Loss & Grief in Pregnancy & Postpartum: Our vendors and sponsors included these amazing small business owners who are also mental health advocates: @skintosoul_ -herbal infused hand made products like soaps, candles, scrubs… @churroservice – gourmet churros for events @twisted4sugar – uniquely flavored cotton candy (abuelitas chocolate, horchata, hot cheeto flavor, etc.) @claudiaspastriez – custom pastries like cake pops & cookies in the Inland Empire To be a show sponsor, email us at:
June 4, 2019
Zeahlot Lopez, LMFT, LPCC from Sherman Oaks, CA is one of our two season closers. We recorded this special episode on May 18th, 2019 LIVE in front of 70 people who attended our 1 year celebration in Los Angeles. This episode discusses the personal impact of being asked “¿y el novio?” but also how to empower yourself to remove the frustration that stems from this question. Zeahlot uses both her professional and personal experience with this topic! Our vendors and sponsors included these amazing small business owners who are also mental health advocates: @skintosoul_ -herbal infused hand made products like soaps, candles, scrubs… @churroservice – gourmet churros for events @twisted4sugar – uniquely flavored cotton candy (abuelitas chocolate, horchata, hot cheeto flavor, etc.) @claudiaspastriez – custom pastries like cake pops & cookies in the Inland Empire If you like the episode, leave us a review on itunes! To support this cause please consider donating, contact us at or go ahead via Venmo handle is @latinxtherapy Resources: Zeahlot Lopez, Instagram: @vidatherapy ( Find a Therapist: Latinas Give Reasons Why They Don’t Want Children:
May 7, 2019
Welcome to our last break the stigma segment of this season! This special episode on Mental Health Awareness month concludes Season 2 and we will begin Season 3 with Children's Mental Health next week! Today’s guest is Dior Vargas - a Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist living in New York City. She is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, a response to the invisibility of people of color in the media representation of mental illness. She is also the editor of The Color of My Mind, a photo essay book based on the photo project. Dior tours the country giving keynotes, hosting workshops, and speaking on panels. Her work has been featured in many media outlets such as Forbes, NBC News Latino, and The Guardian. She has received The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations award and is currently a Master of Public Health Candidate at NYU's College of Global Public Health.  TRIGGER WARNING: Part of Dior’s story is her experience with suicidality. We talk about this throughout her entire episode.  Resources: Visit: to find a Latinx Therapist near you. Suicide Prevention Hotline Call 1-800-273-8255 for free, bilingual 24-hour support. Crisis Text Line: Anyone in the US can text: 741741 to get the support they need. Little Things to Curb Depression from Buzzfeed: Mental Health Professionals: If you would like to sign up for the directory, use discount code: LATINXT2 to get 2 months free (pay $151 instead of $181). Get access to our private Facebook group of Latinx Therapists, client referrals, monthly peer consultation groups, discounts & more!  To Help Our Community Projects: Please consider donating to us via Venmo @LatinxTherapy, or Zelle: to help us with our next community mental health event.   
March 19, 2019
Hoy hablamos de un importante valor cultural, la limpieza. Es posible que no se ha realizado, pero la forma en que se nos enseña a limpiar y la razón por la que hacemos la limpieza tiene implicaciones para la salud mental que pasan inadvertidamente porque se realizan de forma automática y / o diaria. Para muchas personas en nuestra comunidad, la limpieza es uno de los elementos que nos da estatus, o quizás una de las cosas sobre las que realmente tenemos control. Discutimos la vergüenza que ha tenido la limpieza, las inseguridades de pedir ayuda para la limpieza, o incluso contratar ayuda para la limpieza, de dónde proviene el resentimiento cuando hay una falta de ayuda, limpieza cuando se trata de niños y cómo reconciliar los estilos de limpieza con otros con quien vivimos con. Nuestra invitada: Lorena Salazar es una latina de primera generación criada en Inglewood California. Se especializa en hijos, adultos y parejas casadas que están cuidando a un adulto mayor y / o alguien con una enfermedad degenerativa como el Alzheimers, y práctica en Torrence, California. Ella creció en un hogar mexicano donde la salud mental nunca se hablo de o incluso se reconoció, sino que se vio como un "defecto personal" o característica personal. La madre de Lorena era una limpiadora de casa y se dio cuenta de que en realidad era un mecanismo de afrontamiento para los adultos en su hogar. Hasta hace poco no sé habido discusiones abiertamente de la salud mental en su familia. Para obtener más información sobre la invitada de hoy, Lorena Salazar, visite: Instagram / Facebook: @MySouthBayTherapy, llame al 424-241-0861 Recursos: Encuentra un terapeuta Latinx: Limpieza por una razón: gratis para mujeres que luchan contra el cáncer: Ayuda de limpieza para personas mayores: Autoridad de Vivienda- 1-866-557-7368 Asistencia de limpieza de servicios para familias judías para personas mayores- 213-383-2273 Asiste a nuestra fiesta de cumpleaños en Los Ángeles: Síguenos en las redes sociales: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / Venmo: @Latinx Therapy   Para apoyar el podcast, suscríbase, evalúe y deje un comentario en Apple Podcasts o iTunes, ¡o considere donar a través de Venmo!
March 13, 2019
Today we discuss an important cultural value, cleaning. It may not be realized but the manner in which we are taught to clean and why we clean has mental health implications that go unnoticed because it’s done on an automatic and/or daily basis. For a lot of people in our community, cleaning is one of the elements that gives us status, or perhaps one of the things that we truly have control over. We discuss the shame that cleaning has had, the insecurities of asking for cleaning help, or even hiring cleaning help, where resentment comes from when there is a lack of help, cleaning when it comes to children & how to reconcile cleaning styles with others you live with. Our Guest: Lorena Salazar is a first-generation Latina raised in Inglewood California. She specializes in adult children and spouses who are caring for an elder adult and/or someone with a degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s, and has a practice in Torrence, CA. She grew up in a Mexican household where mental health was never addressed or even acknowledged, instead it was seen as a “personal flaw” or personal characteristic. Lorena’s mom was a housecleaner, and realized that it was actually coping mechanism for the adults in her home. It wasn’t until recently that mental health has been discussed openly in her family. To learn more about today’s guest, Lorena Salazar visit: Instagram/Facebook: @MySouthBayTherapy, Call 424-241-0861  Resources: Find a Latinx Therapist: Cleaning for a Reason- Free for women battling cancer: Cleaning help for Seniors: Housing Authority- 1-866-557-7368 Jewish Family Services Cleaning Assistance for Seniors- 213-383-2273 Attend our Birthday Party in Los Angeles: Follow us on social media: Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/Venmo: @Latinx Therapy To support the podcast, please subscribe, rate and leave a review on Apple Podcasts or iTunes, or consider donating via Venmo!
January 29, 2019
Welcome to our first Break the Stigma segment of 2019! Today our special guests are Carmen and Lupe Andrade, 18 year old Latinas attending Northwestern Connecticut Community College. Carmen and Lupe are congenital twins from Veracruz, MX who moved to the US when they were 2 years old. Today we talk about their views of mental health & they share a personal important factor when seeking a therapist. We also discuss myths about congenital twins and what their support looks like! Carmen’s Instagram: @andrade_mcarmen Lupe’s Instagram: @andrade_glupe YouTube channel: Carmen and Lupita Follow us on social media @LatinxTherapy and visit to get all your bilingual resources.   Episode sponsor: Graphic Designer: Vero Orozco, Checkout her Instagram: @verodorozco and website to get your next beautiful design!
January 16, 2019
Trigger Warning: Disordered Eating Topic We are back from a mid-season break! Expect episodes weekly going forward! Today’s guest is Gloria Lucas, founder of Nalgona Positivity Pride! We talk today about what Nalgona Positivity Pride is, why it started, disordered eating, the diet culture, what body positivity means, historical trauma with disordered eating,  the history of native foods along with the colonization and shame of those foods, techniques for loving your body and much more!  Gloria Lucas talks to us about some points! She is a Xicana womxn from California and founded Nalgona Positivity Pride (NPP) in 2014  after years of dealing with the lack of women of color representation in the eating disorder awareness community. Like the womxn of color that came before, she creates spaces for marginalized folks to support each other and heal from the trauma of colonialism, eurocentric beauty ideals, and disordered eating in communities of color. NPP lectures, hosts events, offers business consultation, hosts support groups, and creates social media content as a way to reach out to and empowers the individuals whose bodies are systematically at the margins of white/ mainstream ‘body positivity’ movements. Follow NPP on social media @NalgonaPositivityPride and check out their website for more info: Sponsor for today’s show: ChilOso Gummy Bears. Find them on Instagram & Facebook! The directory on Latinx Therapy is up! If you are a mental health professional in private practice and looking to get enrolled in our directory, email me at to sign up!  Resource: If you or someone you know is struggling with disordred eating, you can contact the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at no cost: 1-800-931-2237 . You can also text  741741 and a trained volunteer will get in touch with you. Readings Suggested from Nalgona Positivity Pride: A Flood of Tears and Blood by Eduardo Galeano (found on pg. 38) Colonization, Food, and the Practice of Eating by Dr. Linda Alvarez for Food Empowerment Project
November 14, 2018
The website is LIVE. You can find it on! This website is fully bilingual and you'll be able to find the newest directory of Latinx Therapists and Psychologists. We are still undergoing sign ups so please be patient with us. In this directory there are very culture specific realities that you can choose from such as English Speaking Anxiety, Farmworkers, Immigration, Acculturation, among many others. You can find professionals who are conducting immigration evaluations, too! In the website you’ll find bilingual recommended books, mental health YouTube channels, downloadable pdfs, mental health apps, a mental health screening from Mental Health America who I have partnered with, and bilingual non-profits that serve the community for free or low cost in the following areas: mental heath, legal, education, and community like food banks or job trainings. You can filter by state and need. All the shows are currently being transcribed so that our deaf and hard of hearing community can have access to them. They should be complete by next week! I really want my site to be fully accessible to all. We also have new shirts for our new campaign! All shirts are on sale for $17 instead of $22. You can contact us at to place your order. Within the next week you'll be able to order it online. Homepage Artwork by: Favianna Rodriguez Read Favianna Rodgriguez’s Q&A with Ben & Jerry: Partnerships: Mental Health America:  DREAMers Roadmap:  Follow us on social media: @LatinxTherapy 
November 14, 2018
Welcome back to My Teen Pregnancy Story Part 2! Did you all know that Less than 2% of teen moms earn a college degree by age 30? Roughly 229,715 teens between 15 and 19 became pregnant in 2015. Latinas have the highest teen-pregnancy rate of any group. The birth rate (per 1,000 girls) for white teens in California is nine, compared to a rate of 29 for Latina teens. As I mentioned though, the rates for teen pregnancies in our community is drastically decreasing and I think a large part of this is due to the openness and education that we are sharing as generations go by. In this episode, I go into what it was like to confront my ex's family, being in college with a son, what my schedule looked like, my dreams and wishes as a 20-year old, how I was stigmatized as a teen mom, and I give advice to parents who have teen mom daughters. There is often control because of their age, but I talk about the disservice and identity formation that is occurring. Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes/Apple Podcasts!  Resources:  Planned Parenthood for Parents:  If you would like to donate to the podcast, you can do so on Venmo @LatinxTherapy, or Zelle . All proceeds will go to the community projects.
November 6, 2018
Teen pregnancy is defined by someone who has a child between the ages of 13-19. About 750,000 teens get pregnant each year, mostly between the ages 17 to 19 (Kost, et al., 2010).  While Latinxs currently have the highest teen birth rates, they have also had a dramatic recent decline in rates. Since 2007, the teen birth rate has declined by 58% for Latinx, compared with declines of 53% for African Americans and 47% for Caucasians. In this solo episode, I share my personal experience with getting pregnant at age 19 and becoming a single mother during my undergraduate schooling in Santa Barbara, CA. I discuss general and personal mental health effects, cultural beliefs and common mentalities that Latinx teens and their parents experience.  I also explore the barriers to sex education, such as family beliefs, shame, and Catholicism. I provide advice to young girls, parents and therapists. Next time I will continue with my story and talk about the collectivistic views with family postpartum  adjustment and the high status that is achieved with childbearing in the Latinx culture.  Resources: Teen Line : 310-855-4673, or text TEEN to 839863 Birth Control Methods: Tool- Find the Right Method That Works for You:  Find Various Program for Parents & Teens:  WIC in CA for Free formula, diapers, healthy food, lactating classes & more:  Statistics were referenced from: Kost K, et al. (2010). U.S. Teenage pregnancies, births and abortions: National and state trends and trends by race and ethnicity. Guttmacher Institute.
October 30, 2018
Welcome to the second break the stigma episode of this season! Today we talk with an actress and mental health advocate, Noemi Gonzalez. Noemí Gonzalez is a first-generation immigrant from Mexico and a first-generation actress from within her family. Noemi is best known in her standout role as “Soli Gomez” in the hit series East Los High on Hulu. You might have also seen her in films such as Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, The Vatican Tapes, Traces and recurring in television shows such as The Kicks, Rosewood, Gang Related and more. She has also been featured in theatre productions, several commercials, and was hand-selected to be an ABC Diversity Showcase Participant. Currently Noemi is making her daytime debut as Mia Rosales on The Young and The Restless. Today, we dive into her story of strength as it relates to her family and experience with therapy. Noemi opens up about her older brother’s diagnosis with bipolar and schizophrenia, and her younger brother’s diagnosis with autism, and where they are all at now in life. ****TRIGGER WARNING: ABUSE (sexual)****18:22 and on. She talks to us about her experience with her childhood religion and how her congregation took care of the sexual abuse she encountered as a minor. Noemi shares exclusively with us about the stigma and shame about attending therapy for those in the acting industry. Here are the time markers: 5:42 is where Noemi’s background story begins 6:49 sidetracked by my wedding 8:20 begin to talk about her family’s view of mental health & 10:39 we talk about the effects of being parentified & how our culture sees someone as “functioning” when they do not have a diagnosis 18:22 growing up Jehovah's Witness & sexual abuse, DCFS & the start of therapy experience 22:42 my dog interrupts the interview briefly 23:50 Noemi talks more about experience and view of therapy 25:28 challenges of being an  actress 27:33 the evolution of the stigma in the acting industry about therapy & the worries of being a high profile/celebrity client and being in therapy 30:16 advice for families experiencing a mental illness diagnosis 35:45 boundaries Noemi needed to maintain your mental health & examples If you or a family member are struggling with your mental health, or have questions about it, contact the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email at If you’d like to reach out to Noemi, you can find her on Instagram @iamnoemigonzalez Check out Latinx Therapy’s new website filled with resources! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook: @latinxtherapy  If you are a therapist that works with the Latinx community, and are in private practice, be sure to sign up to become an official member of Latinx Therapy.
October 23, 2018
En este segmento, hablamos de lo que se significa ser AfroLatinx, ejemplos de discriminación y micro-agresiones, y los varios efectos de la salud mental con este tema.   Ser AfroLatinx significa ser negro/a o de afrodescendientes, y de un país de Latino América. Para otros, se significa ser uno de los países AfroLatinx como República Dominicana, Nicaragua, Honduras, Cuba, Haití, Puerto Rico, o Guatemala. Conocemos a Jersey Garcia: Ella es una consejera familiar y de parejas, Coach de Relaciones, y mediadora familiar, que vive en el sur de la Florida, y disfruta ayudando a mujeres y parejas afrodescendientes y latinxs, a navegar la experiencia humana de relacionarse desde un espacio de honestidad, felicidad y conexión. Su pronombre preferido es “ella” y las 5 cosas que generalmente le traen una gran sonrisa a su cara son: acurrucarse en la cama con sus hijos; podcasts; onomatopeyas dominicanas; reggaetón; y mangú con queso frito. Recursos: Visiten la página de Jersey para saber más sobre sus servicios: Un articulo del 2017 de el ser Afri Latino (via Al Día News):   
October 16, 2018
My guest today for episode 7 is Jersey Garcia. In this episode, she talks to us about her realities of identifying as AfroLatinx, and looking more of African descent than Latinx, a struggle often society is too afraid to bring up, but is much too common. There is a saying “no soy de aqui, ni soy de alla” that refers to: I’m neither from here, nor there.  She opens up about the discrimination she has faced due to her skin color, and the mental health effects of racism and colorism. We also go into the mentality that the Latinx race must be “improved” by dating someone of a lighter skin complexion. She provides us with the unique perspective of the insecurities of being AfroLatinx as a mental health professional. Jersey ends the segment by providing a beautiful message to anyone that is feeling split between two identities. Get to know her: Jersey Garcia is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Relationship Coach, and Family Mediator living in south Florida, who enjoys helping Black and Latinx women and couples, travel the human experience of relating from a space of honesty, happiness, and connectedness. Her preferred pronouns are she/her and the 5 things that usually bring a big smile to her face are: bed cuddles with her children; podcasts; slang words in Spanish; reggaetón music; and some soft mangú with fried cheese on top. Resource: Learn more about Jersey and the services she provides by visiting: 7 Afro-Latinx Writers Whose Books We Should Be Reading- According to Fierce: Follow Latinx Therapy on any social media site! Instagram/Twitter: @LatinxTherapy. Facebook: @OfficialLatinxTherapy Children's Destigmatizing tees are 35% off! Order by emailing Adult sizes are still available for $22. 
October 2, 2018
Today, I discuss how it is to grow up in businesses from a very young age with two individuals from different backgrounds, and who are also not mental health professionals. I speak with Pamela Barba from Georgia, an Ecuadorian native with a florist family business, and Zaira Gomez from Pennsylvania, whose parents are from Mexico own a pizza restaurant. Collaboratively, we share our personal experiences with what it is like to grow up in the business realm, and share our feelings about the struggles and worries of being a small business owner.  We discuss the guilt we feel in the present when we practice self-care, the hope of our parents taking over a business we did not want, and also explore how to handle fears for our parents and what it is like to have problems within family members. Most importantly, we discuss how the business world shaped us to be the adults we are now.    To find out more about Pamela Barba from Georgia (Florist business): Social Media Usernames: @MsPamelaBarba @VamosLadies To find out more about Zaira Gomez from Pennsylvania (Restaurant business)- Twitter: @ZairaMex1 Visit to get the schedule of all the topics for this week's Latinx Therapists Online Invasion on Facebook in honor of Latinx Heritage Month.  To provide feedback on the podcast and this episode, please submit your information via this survey: HTTPS://WWW.SURVEYMONKEY.COM/R/6RLHXQ2
September 25, 2018
This is the first season’s Break the Stigma segment!  Today will be hearing Vivian’s story with grief and loss. We talk about her losing her mom in elementary school, and later as a very young adult she lost someone that was like a mother to her, Vivian’s grandmother. She shares how she adjusted and her journey with therapy. Vivian Nuñez is a writer and founder of Too Damn Young, a community and resource for teens and young adults who have lost someone they love. She lives in New York, and one of the company she writes for is Forbes. Her advocacy work is focused on dismantling the stigma around grief specifically and mental health as a whole.  To find more about Too Damn Young: Contact Vivian Nuñez via Instagram: @vivnunez Latinx Therapists Online Invasion – This week on Instagram! Topics are in English and Spanish Mon., Sept. 24- Visit @counselingbradenton for Anxiety, @themiamitherapist for Codependency Tues., Sept. 25- Visit: @drLydianaGarcia- Sexual Assault (10am PST) Wed., Sept 26- @nicoleserranolmft- Stress Management tips (6PM PST) Thurs., Sept 27- @MindfulQuestRC - Intergenerational Trauma in Spanish 5:30PM PST                    @LatinxTherapy about trauma and PTSD at 10AM (PST) Friday, Sept. 28- @DrJanetBrito for Sex Therapy questions! 3PM (PST) If you can’t make it at the indicated time, youll have 24 hours to replay their live video. Send your questions to my Instagram @LatinxTherapy, or via email Next week this event will take over on Facebook! To support the podcast, please subscribe, rate and leave a review on Apple Podcasts or iTunes! Or contact me if you are interested in the De-Stigmatizing tee ( 
September 18, 2018
¡Bienvenido al episodio número 4! Este tema se ha solicitado desde que comenzó el podcast, así que me alegro de que se haya ofrecido Renato Pérez a tener esta conversación. Habrá muchos más temas relacionados con la comunidad LGBTQIA+ en otros episodios y futuras temporadas.  El machismo y el identificarse como LGBTQ es un tema importante porque en nuestra cultura, el machismo forma parte de la raíz de la homofobia. El machismo es tóxico y un tipo de masculinidad tradicional que generalmente está influenciado por 4 factores: 1- los hombres no deben ser femeninos; 2- los hombres deben ser respetados y admirados; 3- los hombres nunca deberían mostrar miedo; y 4- los hombres deberían buscar el riesgo y la aventura. Nuestro invitado es Renato Pérez, trabajador social clínico con licencia en Los Ángeles, California. En este episodio, da más detalles sobre el machismo y la historia de cómo salió del closet a su padre. Como terapeuta afirmativo de LGBTQ +, apoya a los clientes de cualquier identidad o expresión de género. Actualmente trabaja para el Departamento de Salud Mental y tiene un consultorio en Sherman Oaks, California. Para obtener más información sobre Renato Pérez: Para apoyar el podcast, visite Patreon: Recursos: CENTRO LGBTQ: HTTPS://LALGBTCENTER.ORG/  El Proyecto Trevor: (866) 488-7386 PFLAG: HTTPS://WWW.PFLAG.ORG/HOTLINES  LÍNEA DIRECTA GLBT: HTTPS://WWW.GLBTHOTLINE.ORG/
September 11, 2018
Welcome to episode 3! This topic has been requested since the podcast started, so I am glad Renato Perez joined me in on this conversation. There will be many more topics related to LGBTQIA+ in the episodes and seasons to come.  Machismo and identifying as LGBTQ is an important topic because in our culture, machismo is part of the root of homophobia.  Machismo is a traditional and toxic type of masculinity that in usually influenced by 4 factors: 1- men should not be feminine; 2- men must be respected and admired; 3-men should never show fear; and 4-men should seek out risk and adventure.  Our guest is Renato Pérez, Licensed Clinical Social Worked in Los Angeles, CA, who goes a bit more in depth about machismo and history with coming out to his father. As an LGBTQ+ Affirmative therapist he supports clients of any gender identity or expression. He currently works for the Department of Mental Health and has a private practice in Sherman Oaks, CA.  To learn more about today’s guest, Renato Pérez visit:  To support the podcast, visit Patreon: Episode Sponsored by Creative Little Gems: Resources: LGBTQ CENTER: HTTPS://LALGBTCENTER.ORG/ The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386    PFLAG: HTTPS://WWW.PFLAG.ORG/HOTLINES GLBT HOTLINE: HTTPS://WWW.GLBTHOTLINE.ORG/ Reported Effects of Masculine Ideals on Gay Men: Homosexuality & Latin American Identity w/info on Regions:  
September 11, 2018
Welcome back everyone! So many things have been going on during the last two months. It was highly requested to record the When La Chancla Crosses the Line episode into Spanish, so we did! Let us know your feedback! Here is the link to the survey if you are interested in hearing a specific topic: HTTPS://WWW.SURVEYMONKEY.COM/R/6RLHXQ2  In honor of Latino Heritage Month I will be hosting an online invasion of Latinx Therapists starting Sept 17th until Sept 21st,  we will be on Reddit doing Ask Me Anything as it relates to topics such as couples counseling, immigration/immigration evaluations, anxiety, PTSD, mental illness, parenting, maternal mental health and chronic illness. If you have any questions about these topics, please stay tuned on any Latinx Therapy social media site to get the link to ask questions to therapists from all over the United States.  There will be other topics also available. Here are the dates and platforms where they will run: Reddit: Sept 17-Sept 21 Instagram live: Sept 24-Sept 28 Facebook Live: October 1-October 5 If you’d like to contribute to the projects and the podcast, please consider donating via Venmo at Latinx Therapy or by check. The PO BOX is 7595 in Burbank, CA 91505. Remember, if you need resources or someone to talk to, please contact me at for resources.  Patreon: Venmo: @Latinx Therapy Instagram: Facebook: Twitter:
September 4, 2018
¡Bienvenidos a la segunda temporada! Hoy visitamos a nuestro primer segmento, pero en español. La chancla es un símbolo de disciplina corporal muy reconocido en la cultura Latina. La chancla también puede incluir cordones, cables, cinturones, ganchos, o cualquier elemento que pueda usarse para infligir dolor físico como castigo. Es una palabra que puede provoca recuerdos traumáticos y también se refiere a una forma de abuso infantil. En esta sesión especial, Maritza Plascencia, terapeuta matrimonial y familiar con licencia, comparte su experiencia personal con la chancla, y su conocimiento profesional sobre las diferencias generacionales de la chancla, el uso de este método de disciplina en las escuelas, cuando la disciplina corporal cruza el línea, cuando los profesionales necesitan reportar a las autoridades, por qué se usa y formas alternativas de disciplina. El próximo segmento en español sale el 18 de Septiembre, 2018.   Puede encontrar más información sobre Maritza en su sitio web: Instagram: @MindfulQuestRC Facebook:   Visiten:  Twitter/Instagram: @LatinxTherapy Facebook:   Para donar:  Venmo: @LatinxTherapy Paypal:   Si necesitan recursos, pueden comunicarse con Maritza, o conmigo a directamente:
June 26, 2018
In this final episode of the season, I had the honor to sit down and chat with Wilmer Valderrama, actor, producer and activist. Wilmer shared about his upbringing and immigration experience. He talked about how mental health was perceived in his family, and also about the mentality that helps him reach his goals. He shares his views on motivation and resiliency. Towards the end of the episode, Wilmer switches things up and questions me about the fear I disclosed. Currently, Wilmer is a series regular on CBS’s hit crime thriller, NCIS. He the CEO of WV Enterprises, where he develops various projects, including the animated feature, Charming. Most recently, Valderrama along with America Ferrara and Ryan Piers William started HARNESS, a group dedicated to connecting communities through conversation to inspire action and power change. He serves on the board of Voto Latino and is co-chair of their artist coalition. He is also the spokesperson for CHCI, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and is the founder of their Ready 2 Lead program, which educates and empowers the Latino youth.  As a reminder, during the month of July, I will not release any episodes but will return in August with a special treat for you all to kick off season 2. I will be active on my social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @Latinx Therapy) and will be focused on self-care and also creating bilingual mental health resources.  Check out for updates, and be sure to catch up on episodes you have not been able to hear yet! Take care everyone!  Resources: Options to help with immigration crisis: Wilmer, America Ferrera’s and Ryan Piers William’s HARNESS community:
June 14, 2018
En este segmento, platique con Lisette Sanchez sobre los efectos psicológicos e emocionales de padres e hijos cuando se utiliza el valor cultural de traducir por necesidad, como la tendencia de querer complacer a los padres pero también la frustración y vergüenza de los padres. Exploramos cómo apoyar a los jóvenes traductores y también a los padres, al igual que discutir las configuraciones apropiadas cuando los niños no deberían de traducir. Hablamos del miedo de hablar el español en ciertas situaciones. Pueden seguir a Lisette en Instagram @ChingonaScholar. Su trabajo para la Asociación Psicológica Americana ha sido presentado aqui: Recursos:  Ayuda de Tarea en bibliotecas en el condado de Los Ángeles: Centro de Recursos del Estado:  Si necesita más información sobre los servicios de traducción e interpretación, llame al 1-800-USA-LEARN Transladado por Angelica Diaz, estudiante de nivel de maestría en psicología clínica en la universidad de Pepperdine, y asistente del podcast. 
June 12, 2018
Did you carry the role of translating for your parents? The academic term for a child translating for a parent is “language brokering” so you will hear us refer to that in this segment. We also mentioned that children take on a “parentified” role, meaning where a child takes the role and responsibilities of an adult. In this segment, I talked with Lisette Sanchez, about the psychological and emotional effects of parents and children when this cultural value of translating out of necessity is used, such as the tendency of wanting to please parents but also a parent’s frustration and shame. We explored how to support young translators and also parents, along with discussing inappropriate settings where children should not be translating. Lisette shares a story of her time living in Oregon and moments when she experienced fear in speaking Spanish.   Find many important resources below.   You can find Lisette on Instagram @ChingonaScholar and LinkedIN. Her work for the American Psychological  Association was featured: Resources Heartfelt and Funny Tweets from Children who Translated: An Article from Chicago: “Language should be a human right”: Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Parents Rights for Spanish Speaking Parents/Guardians: Los Angeles County Library Homework Help: Each state should have an information page like this; Here is Washington’s:
June 7, 2018
El sexo es para el matrimonio, entre un hombre y una mujer, o detrás de puertas. Pensémoslo de nuevo! Bienvenidxs a la sesión 14! Estoy muy emocionada por el capitulo de hoy porque es un tema que contiene mucho estigma de vergüenza y hoy empezaremos a quebrar ese estigma. La Dra. Janet Brito, localizada en Hawaii, nos habla sobre las nociones psicológicas que nos han inculcado desde hace generaciones. Hablamos sobre los tabúes de sexo, la promiscuidad, las consecuencias por evitar el tema del sexo, que es la terapia de sexo y las razones más comunes por las que la gente busca esta terapia. La Dra. Brito también contesta dos preguntas muy comunes, como “Como platico con mi hijo/a sobre el sexo? A qué edad?” y “Cómo lidiar con la infidelidad sexual?” Al crecer, el dicho que la Dr. Brito escuchaba sobre la salud mental “era no le heches mucha crema a tus tacos”. Ella es la dueña del Centro para la Salud Reproductiva y Sexual. Su sitio es muy informativo así es que asegúrense de verlo! Donde encontrar a la Dra. Brito IG: DrJanetBrito Twitter: @sextherapyhawai Facebook: Gracias a todos que apoyan al podcast por Venmo @LatinxTherapy. Por los que preguntan por la mercancía, será disponible esta semana. Visiten el sitio el jueves y cualquier red social mio. La Dra. Brito regresará el jueves para la versión en español de este capítulo! Será un poco diferente, pero aun informacional! Mi correo electrónico  Recursos      6 Things People Get Totally Wrong About Sex, According To Sex Therapists 6 Cosas que la gente equivoca sobre el sexo, de acuerdo a los terpeutas de sexo      The Trevor Project, for individuals who identify as asexual:         El proyecto Trevor, para individuos que identifican como asexual      A List of Guides that can help parents/caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities: Una lista de guías para ayudar a los padres y guardianes de individuos con discapacidades del desarrollo Transladado por Yuritzi Gomez Serrano, terapeuta asociada con enfoque en matrimonios y familias, asistente del podcast.  
June 5, 2018
Sex is: for marriage, between a man and a woman, or behind closed doors. Think again!   Welcome to sesion #14! I am really excited about today's episode because this topic is one that has heavy shame woven into it, and today, we start to break this stigma down. Dr. Janet Brito, located in Hawaii, talks to us about the psychological notions that have been instills in us from generations ago. We talk about sex taboos, promiscuity, consequences for avoiding the topic of sex, what is sex therapy and common reasons why people go into sex therapy. Dr. Brito also answers two very common questions, such as: "How do I talk to my child about sex? What is the appropriate age?" and “how do I cope with sexual infidelity?” Growing up, the saying Dr. Brito heard in regards to mental health was: “no le heches mucha crema a tus tacos.” She is the owner of Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health. Her website is very informative so be sure to check it out! Find Dr. Brito at: IG: DrJanetBrito Twitter: @sextherapyhawaii Facebook: Thank you everyone who is supporting the podcast via Venmo @LatinxTherapy. For those of you inquiring about the merchandise, it will be available this week. Check the website out on Thursday and any social media page of mine. Dr. Brito will be back with us Thursday for the Spanish version of this one! It’s a bit different but still so informative! Email me at:  Resources: 6 Things People Get Totally Wrong About Sex, According To Sex Therapists The Trevor Project, for individuals who identify as asexual: A List of Guides that can help parents/caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities:
May 31, 2018
Jacquie Marquez hablo de lo que es importante consumir para que uno no tenga cambios de humor fuerte, técnicas que uno puede usar con niños que son difíciles para comer “picky”, habla de la importancia de la alimentación en los niños, y de los alimentos en frutas y vegetables específicos. Habla de cuales suplemento nos beneficia para no tener muchos cambios de humor, y también nos explica que alimento necesita el cuerpo cuando nuestro sistema nervioso esta activado. Y al fin, da respuesta a una preguntas común como: ¿Como le enseño a mi hijo/a comer vegetales? ¿Y porque los niños rechazan las comidas? Encuentren a Jacquie: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter y YouTube: Jacquie Marquez.  ¡Su libro de recetas, Loncheras Al Rescate, va llegar muy pronto a Amazon! Recursos: Para Ayuda Con Trastornos De Alimentación:ñol  Brain Over Binge Why I was Bulimic:  
May 29, 2018
Listen to our second Break the Stigma guest, Pam Covarrubias, as she discloses about her journey towards forgiveness with various experiences, including abandonment from her father, a toxic relationship with an ex, her mentality after the break-up from this toxic relationship and sexual assault. She gives her perception on reporting her sexual assault experience. In this segment, Pam also dives into the discrimination during her college years in the Midwest. See the resources below for the sexual assault bilingual hotline.  Trigger Warning: This segment includes Pam's personal experience with sexual assault.   Pam can be found on Instagram: @CafeconPAMpodcast, or @Cobiux. To learn more about Pam’s creations, visit her website: Find me @LatinxTherapy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Venmo. Email me at for any questions or resources. I want to thank Cynthia Navarro for donating for today’s segment. She has an Etsy store that offers party supplies and gift décor, please check her out at OhSoLivelyStudio. Thank you, Cynthia! Resources: If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, RAINN (the rape, abuse & incest national network)  is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization that has many programs to help survivors and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. Sexual Assault 24/7 Bilingual Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 (They have a live chat available) Dreamers Roadmap App- A place where DREAMERS can find scholarships for college.   
May 24, 2018
¡Bienvenidos a la sesión número 11! Hoy hablé con Cecilia Racine, trabajadora social con licencia clínica de la ciudad de Fairfax en el estado de Virginia, localizada en la área de Washington, D.C. Ella compartió su experiencia y sabiduría sobre las diversas formas de cómo se manifiesta la depresión dentro de nuestra cultura. Hablamos sobre lo que es la depresión clínica, los síntomas comunes, la diferencia entre la tristeza y la depresión y las formas de ayudarse a sí mismo y a otras personas. A veces, uno cree que alguien que demuestra ser feliz, no puede deprimirse y si lo manifiesta es una forma de manipulación. Cecilia nos presenta una perspectiva profesional sobre este tema. ¡El ganador del concurso de camisetas se anunciara al final de esta sesión! Asegúrese de enviar sus preguntas por correo electrónico a o mensaje directo en cualquier sitio de las redes sociales @LatinxTherapy (Facebook, Instagram o Twitter). Encuentre más sobre los servicios de Cecilia en: Recursos: Más información sobre depresión: Video sobre la depresión: Línea telefónica para recibir ayuda: 1-888-628-9454  
May 17, 2018
“Más de 21% de adultos estadounidenses de entre los 18 y 64 anos tendrán un trastorno de ansiedad que pueda diagnosticarse en un ano dado, según Mental Health America. Este porcentaje representa 42.5 millones de personas.” Bienvenidos a sesión 8. Hoy mi invitada es Yesenia Reta, trabajadora social clínica de Bradenton, Florida. Hoy Yesenia y yo combínanos nuestras especialidades de ansiedad y colaboramos en este segmento. Hablamos de la definición de la ansiedad clínica, los síntomas de la ansiedad, causas de donde viene la ansiedad y como puede apoyar a alguien que sufre de ansiedad. Hablamos también de técnicas que uno puedo usar si esta sufriendo con ansiedad.  Al fin del segmento, va escuchar cómo puede entrar al concurso para ganar una camisa del Latinx Therapy podcast. El concurso se concluye el domingo mayo 20 a las 11:59PM tiempo pacífico. Voy a anunciar el ganador en mis redes social y en el segmento en ingles que sale el martes, y el del próximo jueves. Por favor dejen su alias de las redes sociales en su comentario del podcast. Encuentre a Yesenia en Instagram: @CounselingBradenton Facebook: Fullness of Life Counseling Si quisiera compartir su experiencia con ansiedad, mándeme un correo electrónico a o un mensaje en mis redes sociales. Twitter, Facebook o Instagram @LatinxTherapy. Si quiere apoyar la misión del podcast, puede donar en Venmo o Paypal @LatinxTherapy. Recursos: Clinica Ansiedad Ayuda Ansiedad y Depresion Un artículo buenísimo sobre los varios trastornos de ansiedad y más.  Prueba de ansiedad 
May 15, 2018
This is the first sesión where I contribute some of my clinical skills during the interview. Here, Yesenia Reta, LCSW from Florida, and I discuss what anxiety is, the symptoms that anxiety brings, where it comes from, what you can do for yourself and how to support a loved one. Let me know what you think on any social media or!
May 8, 2018
Today we meet Zeahlot Lopez, LMFT. In this bilingual sesión, we talk about the intention of shame, intergenerational shame, shame in speaking Spanish, where this stems from and how you can work on shame, if you are not ready to enter into therapy. Most importantly, Zeahlot talks to us about her unique perspective of using shame as a strength and provides us with various tools. Zeahlot Lopez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Cosmetologist in private practice in Sherman Oaks, CA. Her social media handle is: @VidaTherapy on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & Instagram. Resources: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz The Gifts of Imperfecting Parenting by Brene Brown Shame Ted Talk Recursos: Los cuatro acuerdos: una guia practica para la libertad personal de Don Miguel Ruiz De la verguenza a la autoestima de Ligia Almono de Jenichen y Gladys Brites de Vila. TED: Escuchando a la vergüenza Let me know what you think about today's episode on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Find us @LatinxTherapy. This is also the Venmo handle if you would like to support the podcast. Thank you all for your continuous love and support! 
May 3, 2018
Hoy hablamos con Andrea Minski de sus secretos para encontrar la felicidad. Ella comparte con nosotros varias técnicas, incluyendo un ejercicio de Brasil, Capoeira. Este ejercicio incluye una combinación de música, baile, defensa personal y cultura. Ella trae su energía y alegría en este segmento y nos enseña sus técnicas para tratar con los niños para que uno aprenda la paciencia. Compartió cómo balancear ser madre y profesional, y cómo vivir una vida auténtica.
May 1, 2018
Bianca Rodriguez, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I talk about substance abuse and addictions in this educational segment. We discuss the difference between addiction and substance use disorder, along with red flags, hitting rock-bottom, substances that make someone addicted. She also provides communication skills and explores when is the right time to engage with your loved one that is struggling.
April 24, 2018
Join Nancy Salas, RealityChangers YouTuber, and I as we talk about how she recovered from cutting, suicidality and a family secret that led her to this self-destruction.
April 17, 2018
Join Elena Apaza, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and I in exploring the actual clinical symptoms of Bipolar Disorder.
April 13, 2018
Latinx Therapy is a bilingual weekly podcast that discusses mental health from a cultural and psychological perspective. Join Adriana Alejandre interview professionals that support and specialize in mental health related topics to give a sneak peek of what goes on psychologically and to give professional knowledge about myths carried on in our culture from generations ago. Follow this journey! IG/Twitter: @LatinxTherapy Facebook: Latinx Therapy Email:
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