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November 24

Featured on SHOUTOUT SOCAL discussing Empowerment, Mental Health, and Entrepreneurship

By Yanira Hernandez

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.

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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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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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