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November 24

Featured on SDVoyager discussing the Journey and Impact of Yanira Hernandez

By Yanira Hernandez

Yanira Hernandez’s story, as featured on SDVoyager, is a compelling tale of resilience, dedication, and success. Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles in a traditional Mexican household, Yanira’s journey is marked by her pursuit of education and a deep commitment to her community. She graduated from UCLA and later obtained her Master’s in Social Work at USC, followed by a Doctorate in Education. Yanira’s career in social work, mental health, and education is driven by her desire to address systemic challenges faced by her community. As the owner of Pa’lante Therapy, Inc., an online private practice, she focuses on providing culturally responsive therapy to BIPOC individuals, specializing in areas like trauma, anxiety, depression, and imposter syndrome. Her personal experiences as a first-generation professional and daughter of Mexican immigrants deeply inform her practice. Yanira’s definition of success has evolved to embrace authenticity and self-acceptance, moving beyond external expectations to find true liberation and fulfillment.


Read more at SDVoyager
Featuring: Dr. Yanira Hernandez
Originally Published On: SDVoyager – San Diego
Author: Local Stories

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Because Social Work Month starts in a few days… 

Fellow educators, school social workers, school psychologists, school counselors… can y’all relate? 😩 

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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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