Meet Priscilla

Most therapists use this page to highlight their education, experience, credentials, and any other information they think is relevant to you. I’ll get to that at the end for those who are interested. I want this page to help you decide if we’ll work well together, not just list the things I’ve done. 

First, I want to explain the kind of client I tend to have the most success helping. This way, you can quickly determine whether or not I might be a good fit for you. The clients who are the most successful in therapy with me are ones who come ready to work and understand that I am not going to wave my magic-therapy wand and have their problems disappear. I am not a head-nodding kind of therapist. My goal is to help you begin to see progress as soon as possible. My clients appreciate my straightforward approach, humor, and active participation in their treatment.

It takes hard work, accountability, and ownership of your healing journey. When we start going to the gym, we have to exercise our muscles to strengthen them. It hurts at first and even feels uncomfortable, but you will never see results until you go through the pain and discomfort first. Time to roll up your sleeves and get your emotional health back. You’re the CEO of your healing journey!

A little about my journey and how I got here…

I know from my path to healing and transformation, it was a challenging process. I felt so defeated at times, but I kept getting back up and fought for myself! My growing up years was not the easiest for me, which has given me the capacity to relate to others' adversities. I have experienced both emotional distress and challenging health issues.

After discovering the root of my chronic digestive and immune system ailments, as well as the mood swings (symptoms of anxiety and depression, too) I was experiencing, I became passionate about expanding my training in Mental Health from an Integrative Medicine Perspective. It took years and multiple doctors before I had real answers. I want to give back and help other women discover the root of their health struggles that may be exacerbating or causing mental health issues. Your storyline will be different. We will not rely on mine, but I want you to know that I have fought my way through, too.

I now use my personal experiences, clinical experience, and education as an inspiration to unlock ways to help other women become emotionally healthy as well as physically healthy to find the freedom to live out their true identity. WE DON'T HAVE TO FEEL OWNED BY OUR PAINFUL EXPERIENCES AND LIFE’S CHALLENGES!

I want to support you by guiding you through a path of evolving into a better, healthier self. We will do this together by discovering your strengths, challenging you to overcome your weaknesses, broaden your resources, and take a stand for your vision and overall wellbeing, even when it feels that achieving it will be difficult and challenging, and you feel like giving up.

I want to help you; you are worth the change. I want to support you in becoming the best version of yourself! You can call or text me at (805) 616-1450 or email me at priscilla@therapybypriscilla.com for a free 30-45-minute in-office /phone consultation.

EDUCATION /

CERTIFICATIONS

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with The Board of Behavioral Sciences. My California state license number is 93755. I obtained my Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University of Southern California.

I am a Mental Health Integrative Medicine Certified Provider (MHIMCP) through the Mental Health Integrative Medicine Institute (MHIMI). Currently, I am enrolled in The Integrative Women’s Health Institute to become a Certified Wellness Health Coach to apply to my work as an LMFT.

Hormonal Training for Women with Dr. Jessica Drummond with the Integrative Women’ Health Institute.

I have also trained and obtained certification in Nutritional and Integrative Interventions for Mental Health with Leslie Korn, Ph.D., MPH, and Anne Procyk, ND, and Jennifer Giustra-Kozek, LPC, NCC. Nutrition for Mental Health Disorders: Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment Strategies that Work with Kristen Allott, ND, LAc

I also have a Masters Diploma in Biblical Counseling with an emphasis in Addictions and Recovery from The School of Counseling and Psychology: Light University located in Forest, VA.

Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional and Applied Neuroscience for Treating Anxiety, Panic, and Worry with Dr.Catherine M. Pittman, Ph.D., HSPP.

Training with the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in treating anxiety.

Training in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Tapping: Evidence-Based, Mind-Body Treatment Approach to the Anxiety Spectrum Disorders with Robin Bilazarian, LCSW, DCSW, DCEP

I have completed my training with the International Association of Trauma Professionals in 2016.