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Monique Castro, LMFT

Monique Castro, LMFT

Founder & CEO | Wellness Provider
Monique is a proud Diné (Navajo) & Xicana woman, born and raised on the ancestral homelands of the Tongva People (aka Los Angeles). She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #104427), coach, consultant, educator, and advocate. She is the owner and founder of “Indigenous Circle of Wellness” and has been providing direct services in the community for over 14 years. She specializes in working with inter-generational & historical/ancestral trauma, complex trauma and the various symptoms and/or diagnosis that may be a result of such experiences. Monique heavily leans on Indigenous knowledge and ancestral wisdom to facilitate healing and wellness. She is committed to decolonizing mental health and reclaiming our healing practices, while also utilizing her professional training in Relational Therapy, EMDR, Coaching, and other humanistic approaches.
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Natalia Lopez, LCSW

Natalia Lopez, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor | Wellness Provider
Natalia Lopez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW #76095) with over 10 years of clinical experience. She earned two bachelor degrees in Sociology and Chican@ studies from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and her Masters in Social Welfare from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She is the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico and was born and raised in Boyle Heights, CA. As a therapist of color, Natalia is interested in providing therapy that is culturally relevant and compassionate. She recognizes that communities of color have had to develop survival strategies to endure marginalization and historical trauma. Natalia has experience working with adolescents, adults, families and couples. She also has an expertise in working with the LGBTQIA2S community and offers a lively LGBTQIA2S affirming outlook in a safe and caring environment. Her educational & professional backgrounds include extensive trainings in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Problem-Solving Therapy, and other evidence-based treatment models. Natalia is a bilingual and bicultural therapist who is able to conduct therapy services in Spanish. Se ofrece servicios de consulta y psicoterapia en espanol tambien.
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Nancy Ortiz, LCSW

Nancy Ortiz, LCSW

Wellness Provider
Nancy Ortiz (Xicanx & native Spanish speaker) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who offers cultural centered mental health services to people with diverse and intersecting identities, such as: latinx, indigenous, people of color, immigrant, LGBTQIA+, and persons with disabilities. Nancy practices from an integrated theoretical orientation (cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, and humanistic) that is guided by social justice and multicultural counseling frameworks. Nancy encourages people to reconnect to their natural healing abilities and cultural practices. She integrates individual’s artistry and creative practices as a source of continued restoration and healing. Nancy has worked in the field of social work for 12 years as an advocate, community organizer, case manager, and clinical social worker. Nancy completed her undergraduate studies from California State University - Fullerton (Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services) and her graduate studies at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Master of Social Work degree). Nancy participates in advanced clinical trainings, attends conferences, receives her own therapy, engages in cultural restorative practices, and reads to strengthen her healing work. Nancy is currently working towards sex therapy and trauma therapy certifications.
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Rebecca Nuñez, ACSW

Rebecca Nuñez, ACSW

Wellness Provider
Rebecca Nuñez, pronouns they/them and she/her (Michoacána/Two Spirit ) is a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (Lic# ASW87787) born and raised on Tongva Territory (San Gabriel). In 2017, They received their Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University in New York. Rebecca’s experience includes advocacy and support for elders facing homelessness, survivors of the prison industrial complex, LBGTQPAI2S, and People of Color in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. Rebecca is passionate about supporting Two-Spirit people, including Trans and Gender Non-Conforming/Non Binary folks, those who have faced or at risk of homeless, sex traffic survivors, formally incarcerated individuals and their families. Quote from Rebecca, “Growing up with no parents and in poverty, I often felt like our government system waited for my siblings and myself to fail: to become incarcerated, to struggle with mental health, substance use and poverty. I see after hundreds of years of oppression how that has affected my family and my community around me”. Rebecca believes using ancestral ways of healing helps us live happier healthier lives. Their primary therapeutic tools include Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Art & Nature Therapy, Physical Fitness and Smudging. *Rebecca is under the clinical supervision of Natalia Lopez, LCSW (Lic# 76095) & Monique Castro, LMFT (Lic# 104427).
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Claudia Marquez, AMFT

Claudia Marquez, AMFT

Wellness Provider
Claudia Itzel Márquez (Indígena Xicana), a native of Boyle Heights works in the capacity of Associate Marriage and Family Clinical Art Therapist (AMFT #106813). She earned a Master’s in Marriage and Family Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with an emphasis in Pre-Columbian History from Cal State Fullerton. Claudia’s therapeutic practice integrates the use of art making materials and storytelling to center the client voice. She believes that making things with the hands serves as a bridge to connect with one’s deep ancestral knowledge; a way to reclaim one’s self-worth, and to further imagine and help build a world in which one is valued and validated. In her view, the therapeutic relationship is one where both the therapist and the client learn from each other to cultivate self-awareness and understanding of one’s experiences. Claudia is aware of how family trauma affects interpersonal relationships, and the human body, mind, and spirit. She is committed to co-creating a nurturing space rooted in compassion, respect, and support. Claudia has experience working with children and adolescents diagnosed with anxiety and depression, undocumented adults experiencing emotional distress, and families working to overcome loss, separation, and cycles of violence. *Claudia is under the clinical supervision of Natalia Lopez, LCSW (Lic# 76095) & Monique Castro, LMFT (Lic# 104427).
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Sharon Yazzie, LCSW

Sharon Yazzie, LCSW

Wellness Provider
Sharon Yazzie (Navajo) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Lic #86216), born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley and considers herself to be "Urban Rez". Sharon has a wide array of cultural experiences, learned from her time on and off the reservation, which influence her clinical approach. For the past 16 years she’s worked in the nonprofit sector, providing direct services as a therapist and substance abuse counselor at one of the largest urban Native organizations in Los Angeles. She offers over 10 years experience in the substance abuse field, including inpatient and outpatient settings. Her passion is working with parents, caregivers, and families affected by substance abuse, economic challenges, and the criminal justice system. She believes in empowering and developing positive coping skills that help community members reach their own personal goals. Sharon is clinically trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), Nurtured Parenting, and Wellbriety models of recovery. Sharon earned her Masters of Social Work from California State University of Los Angeles with a concentration on Women, Children and Families Studies.
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Agueda Rivas, LMFT

Agueda Rivas, LMFT

Wellness Provider
Agueda is a Xicana born and raised in San Gabriel Valley, daughter to Mexican immigrant parents. She is a bilingual bicultural Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT#106022). She earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology with a double minor in Chican@ Studies and Labor & Workplace Studies from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC). She has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 10 years serving communities of color in a variety of capacities including youth development and mental health/crisis response. She continually practices cultural humility and utilizes a strength-based approach to support clients in identifying and strengthening their own agency on the road of healing and recovery. She is passionate about working with young adults and adults impacted by trauma, relationship issues, cultural identity development, life transitions, race and class issues, etc. Se habla espanol.
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Lillian Marmolejo, LMFT

Lillian Marmolejo, LMFT

Wellness Provider
Lillian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT#104682) with over 14 years of experience working with children and families in the foster care system. She earned two Bachelor degrees, one in Psychology and the other in Family Studies from Cal State University, Long Beach. She also earned two master degrees, one in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College and the other in Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling from Phillips Graduate Institute. Additionally, she has a PPS and CWS credential. Lillian has experience supporting children academically and emotionally in middle and high school settings. She helped create “Teen Scene” at her current agency of employment, where teenagers have access to resources and can attend workshops to help enhance their emotional and professional development within the foster care system. While also supporting parents/caregivers and families with psychoeducational services. Lillian is the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico and was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. As a therapist of color, her passion is to provide therapy that is sensitive to our culture and communities. Lillian is a Spanish speaking therapist.
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Gilma Polanco, LCSW

Gilma Polanco, LCSW

Wellness Provider
Gilma is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW#26987). She has over 15 years of experience working with adults, children, youth, and families affected by family violence, substance abuse, grief and loss, and economic challenges. Gilma earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from California State University of Los Angeles, and a Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Child and Family Wellbeing from California State University of Long Beach. Gilma is trained in various evidenced based treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, family systems, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. She is committed to providing a safe and supportive space for individuals and together finding solutions to empower them with tools to heal and lead a joyful life. Gilma is Salvadoran and can conduct therapy services in Spanish.
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Susan Lowe, LMFT

Susan Lowe, LMFT

Wellness Provider
Susan Lowe is a proud African American woman, with Creek and Cherokee ancestry. She is an East Coast girl who fell in love with Southern California where she has called home for over 14 years. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #113352). Susan has worked in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Pacific Oaks School of Cultural and Family Psychology in Pasadena. She has been trained Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Nurtured Parenting, Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, and Meditation and Mindfulness. She offers psychotherapy (talk therapy) services to adults, children, teens, couples, and families. She specializes helping clients with anxiety, PTSD, depression, parenting and relational challenges.
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