Hi, I'm Orlando!
I believe everyone has the capacity to heal and find their compassionate inner guide. As your therapist, I accept your past, affirm your present and encourage a healthier future. Together we grow and learn to view life through curiosity over criticism. During therapy, you can express ideas, emotions, and thoughts, as they come to mind, without restrictions or regulations. My goal in therapy is to assist you to find your own voice and to guide you to live life on your own terms.
My role as a therapist is to meet you where you are and support and guide you through your life journey and in accomplishing your goals. Together, in a supportive environment, you will find everyone is recovering from something, and everyone can recover from anything holding them back from becoming their authentic selves.
My background and orientation
California / AMFT #131514
I am a bilingual therapist and received my master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy with a specialization in Trauma Studies from Pacific Oaks College. Currently, I am pursuing my doctorate in Clinical Psychology emphasis on Latinx Mental Health at Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles. I have enjoyed working with adults, couples, and families throughout my career in community mental health. I have supported clients as they have dealt with and overcame issues with depression, anxiety, trauma, spiritual crisis, life transitions, relationship conflicts, grief, loss, anger, codependency, addiction, and recovery.
My counseling approach is holistic, and integrative with my primary theoretical orientation of being person-centered; the most important person in your life and our sessions is you! As individuals are unique and require various ways of being supported, I utilize psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness, strength-based therapy, attachment approach, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as needed. Together we identify patterns in life that may be contributing to current difficulties and achieve a more fulfilling life.
In addition to therapy, I am a musician and enjoy playing the saxophone, guitar, piano, and harmonica. When words cannot be found, music speaks the language of the heart and soul.
I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #131514, supervised by Erika Moreira, LMFT #101392