The Pa’lante Therapy Inc. Blog
Dr. Yanira Hernandez’s journey, as featured in SHOUTOUT SOCAL, is a compelling narrative of resilience, empowerment, and dedication. Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles in a Mexican immigrant household, Dr. Hernandez’s upbringing was steeped in community, culture, and resilience, despite the challenges of community violence and under-resourced schools. Her academic journey took her from UCLA, where she earned her BA in Women’s Studies and Education Studies, to USC for her Master’s in Social Work and Doctorate in Education.
Dr. Hernandez’s professional life is a testament to her commitment to addressing systemic challenges in her community. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she provides mental health services in a Los Angeles school district and runs Pa’lante Therapy, Inc., an online private practice. Her practice specializes in working with First Generation Women of Color professionals, college/graduate students, undocumented/immigrant individuals, and Latinx families, focusing on issues like anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, and trauma. Dr. Hernandez’s approach is culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive, reflecting her dedication to decolonizing therapy and mental health practices. The name “Pa’lante Therapy” itself is a tribute to her heritage and her parents’ mantra of moving forward, embodying her journey and her mission to destigmatize mental illness in the Latinx community.
Originaly published at SHOUTOUT SOCAL
Featuring: Dr. Yanira Hernandez
Author: Sid Reddy
Categories: Work & Life, Tech & Culture
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