Meet the Indigenous Circle of Wellness Team

Our Wellness Providers

Denise Copeland, LCSW

Denise Copeland, LCSW

Wellness Provider | Clinical Supervisor
Denise Graciela Copeland (Licensed Clinical Social Worker 70160) is a Xicana woman born and raised in the Los Angeles area with a strong commitment to providing culturally sensitive services and promoting overall wellness for traditionally underserved communities. Denise is strongly committed to supporting empowerment, healing, and access to services in her community. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Denise has over 10 years of clinical experience utilizing strengths-based approaches in community mental health and community clinic settings. Denise has specific training in supporting parents and children (birth to five) by building parent confidence/skills and the treatment of trauma in young children. Additionally, she has experience working with individuals impacted by grief and loss, immigration concerns, chronic illness, trauma, and intergenerational conflict. Denise believes in the importance of relationships, skill building, and mindfulness to promote healing. Therapeutic styles include attachment-based interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy, play interventions, structural family therapy interventions, as well as evidenced based practices. Denise is a bilingual therapist experienced with providing services in both English and Spanish.
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Robyn Gomez, LCSW

Robyn Gomez, LCSW

Wellness Provider
Robyn Gomez (Licensed Clinical Social Worker 96526) is a Huichol-Xicana born and raised on Tongva and Tataviam lands, known today as the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Attended Los Angeles Mission College, Cal-State Northridge, and received her master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California. She utilizes strengths-based approaches, clinical interventions, and ZERO TO FIVE core knowledge skills to engage families and the community through holistic approaches, ancestral healing, and social justice advocacy. Robyn is a graduate of the University of California Davis Continuing & Professional Education, Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Program and has been accepted into the Reflective Supervision Academy. She is certified in the following evidence-based practice modalities: Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) ages 3yrs and up with a specialty in grief and loss, Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), Positive Indian Parenting (PIP), and NCAST Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding Scale observable behaviors that describe caregiver/parent child interaction. Robyn believes in the power of relationships, increasing the parent-child dyad, and facilitating to find one’s inner healing towards growth. She has years of experience utilizing therapeutic interventions such as Reflective practice, Motivational Interviewing, and Problem-Solving. Robyn is a bilingual therapist able to provide services in Spanish.
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Kylee Jones, ACSW

Kylee Jones, ACSW

Wellness Provider
Kylee Jones is an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW #93587) who was born and raised in Riverside, California. She has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California Baptist University and her Master’s of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University. She has worked in the urban Native community within the Los Angeles and Riverside Counties for over six years. In addition to working with the Native community, she also works with low income individuals in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties offering court-mandated psychoeducation courses, treatment and services within the residential rehabilitation setting, services during acute hospitalization, and short-term counseling. Kylee is a multiracial woman who has a passion for advocacy, outreach, and representation. Her areas of focus include intergenerational trauma, race and ethnic relations, identity development, self-worth/self-esteem development, and life transitions. Being of mixed race, Kylee understands the feelings of not belonging, questioning one’s identity, and forging one’s own path. Healing the past for the success of the future is one of Kylee’s passions. She use’s motivational interviewing, solution-focused, and other evidence-based treatment models. *Kylee is under the clinical supervision of Denise Copeland, LCSW (Lic# 70160).
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Jennifer Vazquez, AMFT

Jennifer Vazquez, AMFT

Wellness Provider
Jennifer (Jen) Isabel Vazquez is a Xicana who was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, California. She is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #115558) who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Studies at Sonoma State University and her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She is also a certified life coach, yoga teacher, and tarot advisor. Jen is dedicated to working collaboratively with people from underserved communities to assist them in reaching their mental health goals. She is clinically trained in Relational Gestalt Therapy and pulls from different holistic approaches with the intention of healing body, mind and spirit. Jen has experience working with women who are struggling with anxiety, imposter syndrome, and relationship issues. She provides services in both English and Spanish.
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Our Leadership

Monique Castro, LMFT

Monique Castro, LMFT

Founder & CEO
Monique Castro is a citizen of the Diné (Navajo) Nation and Xicana, born and raised on the ancestral homelands of the Tongva People (aka Los Angeles). She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (License # 104427) certified professional coach, social justice consultant, facilitator and advocate with over 14 years of professional experience in the areas of health, wellness, community organizing, and education. Her approach centers an Indigenous world view and core values. She is a collaborative and relational-leader with an exceptional track record building and maintaining sustainable relationships with Native-led organizations, Tribes, higher education institutions, and community members throughout California and nationally. Her leadership includes establishing the California Native Vote Project (co-founder), So'oh-Shinálí Sister Project (co-founder) and Indigenous Circle of Wellness (founder and CEO), a thriving psychotherapy private practice located in Southeast Los Angeles. Monique earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University of Los Angeles (CSULA) and Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) and is clinically trained in Relational Gestalt Therapy, EMDR, and other holistic approaches to wellness.
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Bridget Garcia Vera, M.A.

Bridget Garcia Vera, M.A.

Director of Operations
Bridget Garcia Vera (Latinx and Chicanx) was born in Veracruz, Mexico and was raised in Tongva Land (LA). Being dacamented, she has been able to continuously advocate and fight for her community and for undocumented folks by volunteering in various local organizations within Los Angeles. Bridget's parents have taught her that in life nothing comes easy and working hard towards one's goals comes with dedication and passion. Being instilled with this mindset, she pursued her education by attending East Los Angeles College where she obtained two associate degrees in Chicana/o Studies and Psychology. Transferring to Cal State LA, she was able to complete her bachelor's degree in Mexican American Studies in 2018. She immediately pursued her masters degree in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, graduating in 2020. She now serves as our Director of Operations here at Indigenous Circle of Wellness, where she is able to service the Native community of Los Angeles.
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Dria Yellowhair

Dria Yellowhair

Director of Education and Community Engagement
Dria (she/hers) is Diné, born and raised on Tongva Land. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at California State University of Los Angeles. She is also receiving her Certificate in Youth Agency Administration, which specializes in non-profit organizations dedicated to youth populations. Dria utilizes her certification in her position as Volunteer Coordinator at So’oh-Shinálí Sister Project. In her personal life, she is a dedicated auntie, and loves to travel around the world. Dria is passionate about servicing Indigenous communities and creating fundamental change which will impact the lives of generations to come.
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Our Administrative Staff

Kimberly Perez, B.A

Kimberly Perez, B.A

Coordinator of Client Relations and Office Management
Kimberly Perez (she/her) is Chicanx, born and raised in Tongva Land (LA) . Kimberly earned her Bachelors in Communication Studies at Cal Poly Humboldt, and plans to continue her education and attend Grad School in hopes to continue her journey and passion for Counseling / Therapy with a focus on Child and Adolescent Mental and Emotional Health. Kimberly has always loved being around children and knew she wanted to work with kids in her Career but was unsure as to how. While working at an After School Program, Kimberly saw first hand how mental and emotional health can affect kids at such a young age without the proper resources, especially in a low income communities. That is when her passion sparked and she began her journey into Mental Health. Currently Kimberly is working at Indigenous Circle of Wellness as a Coordinator of Client Relations and Office Management and is excited to make a change in the Native and Indigenous Community.
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