Roxana (she/her/ella) is a first-generation daughter of immigrant parents from Jalisco, Mexico. She is a bilingual and bicultural Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor. Her passion stemmed from her own upbringing, and growing up in an economically disadvantaged Latinx community who confronted different forms of trauma and injustice every day in East Oakland, CA.
She graduated from the University of California, Davis with Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology. She trained in Infant-Parent Program’s Intensive Practice-Based Training in Multicultural Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health program while completing her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family therapy at the University of San Francisco. As a clinical trainee with IPP, Roxana conducted dyadic psychotherapy for marginalized monolingual Spanish-speaking families, many of whom had recently immigrated from their countries of origin. Simultaneously, she trained in play and art therapy while providing school-based counseling through Bay Area Community Resources to recently arrived newcomer students from Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Roxana is certified as a Sexual Assault advocate, trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), play therapy, and trauma-informed and culturally responsive services in both English and Spanish. Her background experience includes working with marginalized families in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Rafael; with a focus on pregnant and parenting teens, newcomer children, youth and families, asylum seekers facing deportation in the U.S. and Mexico border, incarcerated justice-involved youth and formerly incarcerated adults, victims of crime, survivors of domestic violence, children with special needs, and as a school- based therapist with elementary newcomer students.