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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.
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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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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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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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