Bio

I  am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#MFC 98925) practicing at Counseling and Trauma Therapy, a private practice office located in Porter Ranch, CA in the San Fernando Valley nearby to Northridge, Chatsworth and Simi Valley. I work alongside with Porter Ranch Counseling, founded by Dr. Laurel Wiig, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#MFC 42813), a prominent and well-known psychotherapist in the Los Angeles area. 

I studied alongside Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, an inspiring and empowering clinical psychologist, associate professor and researcher at Pepperdine University's Culture and Trauma Lab for three years. My clinical internships were completed at non-profits in the San Fernando Valley and at Porter Ranch Counseling. I participate in trainings and am a peer journal reviewer for academic articles to continue gaining knowledge to be well-rounded and competent in clinical areas. 

Most recently, I have become a disaster mental health worker to assist in national disaster relief efforts. Some of the recent deployments have included helping survivors of Hurricane Harvey and of the Las Vegas massacre. I recognize the importance of providing immediate psychological trauma care, and with the skills and training that I attain, providing to other communities in need. 

Education

BA, Psychology, Applied Psychology & Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
MA, Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University

Presentations & Publications

In December 2017 an article on ethnic minorities was published in the Journal of Social Sciences, in which was co-authored with Dr. Bryant-Davis, Tyonna Adams and Anthea Grey. 

In 2014, Dr. Bryant-Davis and Adriana Alejandre published The Path Forward: The Future Study of Spirituality, Religion, and Resilience among Ethnically Diverse Women in the book: Religion and Spirituality for Diverse Women: Foundations of Strength and Resilience. 

"What is Sexual Assault" (March 2017). Talk Forum at San Fernando Middle School for Expediente Rojo

"Domestic Violence" (March 2017). Talk Forum at San Fernando Middle School for Expediente Rojo

"Child Abuse and Discipline" (March 2017). Talk Forum at San Fernando Middle School for Expediente Rojo

"What is Child and Sexual Abuse?" (May 2016). Presented at Los Angeles Valley College for Strength United

What is Sexual Abuse?” (April 2016). Presented at College of the Canyons for Strength United

"Teen Dating, Sexual Assault Awareness and Self-Esteem." (April 2014). Presented at a community event for the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley Event

The Role of Intrinsic Motivation and Class Perception on Reading Improvement for Special Education Students (February 2015). Presented at Western Psychological Association

The Dynamics of Sexual Victimization of African American College Students (March 2015). Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Women in Psychology Conference

A Qualitative Twitter Analysis: Sexual Violence, Religion, Politics (August 2015). Presented at the 21st annual meeting of the International Summit & Training on Violence, Abuse & Trauma

A Twitter Discussion on Racial Disparities Within Reactions to Protests (July 2016). Presented at the 2016 Palo Alto-Stanford University Conference

Cultural and Psychological Dynamics of Sexual Assault Victimization of Asian Americans (August 2016). Presented at the 2016 International Summit & Training on Violence, Abuse & Trauma

Factors Associated with Community-Based Mental Health Outcomes in Children (May 2015)Presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Western Psychological Association

Social Support and Substance Abuse in Sexually Assaulted African-American Women (May 2015). Presented at the 95thannual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Las Vegas, NV.

Resiliency Factors Among Adults Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence as Children (October 2014). Presented at the 1st Biannual Conference of the Multicultural Research and Training Lab at Pepperdine University

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Psi Chi (The National Honor Society in Psychology)
  • American Psychological Association
  • National Latina/o Psychology Association 
  • Association for Women in Psychology