Dr. Yanira Hernández
¡Hola! I’m Dr. Yanira Hernandez, EdD, LCSW, PPSC, and I’m a bilingual, bicultural Latina therapist serving the Latinx community in California via telehealth. I founded Pa’lante Therapy, Inc. with my gente in mind.

Fueled by my lived experiences as a First Generation Latina, I specialized in helping BIPOC individuals with an emphasis on Latinx communities, heal from generational wounds and find meaning and joy. My services include individual therapy, immigration psychological evaluations, femtorship coaching to Latina students and recent graduates in mental health health-related fields, speaking engagements, and consultation.

Let’s collectively embark on a journey of healing, empowerment, y fortaleza… Pa’lante en comunidad!
Let’s Work Together Towards Your Healing And Self-Discovery.

My Journey And Education

As a proud Brown gal, I’m committed to the healing and liberation of BIPOC communities.

Although my journey in the helping profession began since childhood supporting my monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrant parents, my journey in higher education began at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and Education Studies. There, I realized the transformative power of education and its potential to empower individuals and communities.

My thirst for knowledge led me to the University of Southern California (USC), where I achieved a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Educational Psychology. In addition, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I have a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC). These degrees aren’t just academic achievements; they represent my unwavering commitment to understanding the human mind and the intricate dynamics of our diverse communities.

As a bilingual (trilingual if we include Spanglish) and bicultural therapist, I’ve provided mental health services to BIPOC communities since 2011 in various settings, including community mental health clinics, hospitals, runaway and homeless youth shelters, schools, and private practice. My approach is rooted in cultural responsiveness and trauma-informed, anti-oppressive practices.

As the proud daughter of hardworking class undocumented immigrants from Puebla, Mexico and a First Gen graduate and professional from South Central Los Angeles, I not only empathize with my clients but also actively work to decolonize therapy and mental health practices through healing and education. Beyond therapy, I am an educator, offering support to First-Gen Latinx college/graduate students through mentorship and training master-level trainees.

When I’m not in the office, you’ll find me savoring quality time with my husband, family, and amigxs. I have a few superpowers too – weight-lifting, traveling, dancing, and indulging in morning cafecito!

… y como dice nuestra gente, siempre Pa’lante!

How To Get In Touch

I’m Here To Help.

It takes great courage and strength to seek mental health support. If you wish to move forward and would like to work together towards your healing and journey of self-discovery, please schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation by clicking on the link below:

You may also call or send an email:
(424) 261-1572 yanirahernandez@palantetherapy.com
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To my First Gen’s’/children of immigrants who were told to silence their identities in professional spaces in order to be considered “professional enough”…

Proudly reclaim your identities, tu cultura, tu voz, tus raíces. 

Proudly wear your ‘empowerment’ T-shirt that makes you feel connected to your comunidad. 

Proudly saca las tortillas, ese guisado con salsa que lleva sazón de tu familia to the office for lunch. 

Proudly uplift your voice with the accent from your family/ancestors radiating with every word you say during your presentation. 

Proudly bump your music that speaks to your soul y te trae lindos recuerdos as you enter and exit your office building. 

Be unapologetically you! ✨🌵

Con porras y abrazos, 
Dra.Hernández @palantetherapy 

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✨Self Love✨ this month looks like investing in upgrading my website to uplift, empower, and support the Latine comunidad through diverse mental health related services. 💕

I realized I haven’t introduced myself in a while so here are some fun facts: 

❣️physical activity and movement are essential part of my identity whether it is through dancing, hiking, or weightlifting 
❣️love dancing to banda, cumbia, and reggae/dancehall (I can get low yall but I probably won’t come back up 😆) 
❣️Love to travel. Favorite places are Mexico City and Jamaica 
❣️I’m a lefty so most things I create are crooked or super tilted lol (don’t ask me to do a straight line 🥲) 
❣️The name of my practice, “Pa’lante Therapy” was largely ignited by my dissertation title, “Pa’delante, La Lucha Continua: Resliency among Latinx College Students with Past Experiences of Bullying” 

With that said, Welcome to Pa’lante Therapy! ✨ 

My practice was birthed as a result of my lived experiences as a First Gen Latina raised by immigrant parents in South Central LA who has experience trauma of many forms and as a result of my professional experience as a mental health provider. Uplifting my Latine immigrant community is what I’m mostly passionate about. 💕

I’m extremely excited to share with you all my upgraded website with new offerings: 

❣️Individual Therapy, Immigration Psych Evaluations, Femtorship style Coaching to Early Career Latinas in Mental Health related Careers, Speaking Engagements, & Peer Clinical Consultations 

I want to shoutout @peanutmedia for her patience and bringing my website vision to life. 💕 It was extremely important to me that I hired a Latina and approach this project with intentionality and authenticity. 

May we continue to heal our intergenerational wounds and reclaim nuestras raíces ✨

Con mucho agradecimiento, 
Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy 

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Generational healing looks like… 
my undocumented immigrant mami starting therapy for the first time in her 50s, acknowledging how trauma has impacted her and her children, destigmatizing therapy and mental health una conversación a la vez, and leaning into healthier ways of coping. 🥹❤️

I’m incredibly proud of my mami for bravely stepping into her healing era. Cómo muchos (undocumented) immigrants, my parents have endured insurmountable pain and trauma throughout their lives in their homelands and while in pursuit of the “American Dream.” It’s been a nightmare navigating systems for them especially the medical/health care system. But last year, my mami was a warrior and decided to step into many unknowns regarding her health and mental health. I can acknowledge that there are painful memories of my childhood due to unresolved generational trauma AND I can affirm my parents’ commitment to healing and doing the best they can with the resources they have. 

My brother and I have encouraged my mom to go to therapy countless of times but she bravely decided to go on her terms (and after navigating the shi**y insurance oppressive system). My mami’s acts of resistance have encouraged my papi to *think* about seeking therapy too. Pasito a pasito. ☺️

A loud shoutout to all the mami’s, tias, abuelitas, señoras, y doñas in their older adulthood who are making the brave decision to go to therapy and reminding us that it is never too late to heal and break unhealthy generational cycles. 🥹

Me dan una gran felicidad to see many older folks in mental health related workshops inquiring about therapy not only for their children or family members but also for themselves. Every time I facilitate these workshops my heart is filled with joy. 💕

Con mucha luz y felicidad,
Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy 

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