Hi! I'm Dr. Sandra Espinoza
and I work collaboratively with women and couples who are interested in living a more fulfilling life informed by a deeper understanding of themselves and others.
My clinical practice combines the science of attachment-based therapy to guide my clients in understanding how their early attachments have shaped the way their mind, brain and adult relationships develop. This understanding leads my clients to long-lasting healing and stronger bonds with their partners, friends, and children.
My interest areas include cultural and social justice issues and how they impact my clients' experiences with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, and sociopolitical oppression. Integrating cultural relevance and gender sensitivity into my clinical work helps my clients identify their unique challenges and strengths so that they can cultivate a meaningful life free from trauma, depression, anxiety, and fear.
Background and Orientation
I grew up in El Monte, California and I received my doctorate of psychology degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Alliant International University, Los Angeles. I hold a master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy at Alliant International University, Irvine as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. Additionally, I received specialized training in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples and I am an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Finally, I am trained in the following evidence-based practices: Seeking Safety and Caring for Our Families.
Aside from my private practice, I am also an assistant professor at Alliant University. I am a strong advocate for immigration reform and immigration rights, so much of my research has centered around how to best address the mental health needs of immigrants impacted by deportation. I have spent most of my clinical career treating undocumented individuals and families at the community mental health level.