First and foremost, let’s celebrate you for taking the first steps towards mental liberation. Any work towards improving your emotional well-being should always be celebrated!

Through a strength-based approach and caring and collaborative environment, I am here to help and empower you to be the best version of yourself. I provide mental health services in both English and Spanish, ensuring accessibility for all. My experience spans across a diverse range of age groups, from children aged birth to five, school-aged children, adolescents, transitional-aged youth, to adults. I also offer clinical supervision, both individually and in group settings, to MSW graduate students.

My specialization includes addressing intergenerational trauma, early childhood trauma, complex trauma within immigrant populations, and supporting First-Gen professionals and students navigating issues related to the imposter phenomenon (syndrome).

Please be aware that therapy services are limited to clients residing in the state of California. All services are provide via online/telehealth.


My specialization includes addressing intergenerational trauma, early childhood trauma, complex trauma within immigrant populations, and supporting First-Gen professionals and students navigating issues related to the imposter phenomenon (syndrome).

I hold certifications and have received extensive training in various Evidence-Based Practices, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Structural Family Therapy (SFT), Family Systems Therapy, Seeking Safety, Crisis Oriented Recovery Services (CORS), and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools- Racial Trauma Model (CBITS-RTM). In addition, I am recently trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy.

My approach combines these modalities to provide personalized support tailored to your unique needs.
How I Can Help


Pa’lante Therapy, Inc. is committed to decreasing barriers to therapy by offering online/telehealth psychotherapy. Connecting online makes therapy accessible from the comfort of your home and allows you to choose the most convenient time for you. I use secure, HIPAA compliant software that makes online sessions very easy to access. Just click a link and we are connected!
  • All services are provided online via HIPAA compliant software
  • Services in English & Spanish
  • Culturally-inclusive, trauma-informed care
  • Evenings/Weekends available


I collalborate with local immigration offices to provide thorough psychological evaluations as a tool to support you in your immigration process and move forward in your immigration proceedings.

Evaluations are conducted online for immigrants in California.
  • Extreme hardship waivers
  • Cancellation of removal

Femtorship Coaching for Early Career Latinas in Mental Health

This is an inclusive and affirming virtual femtorship coaching space designed for Latinas in graduate school or early career Latinas who feel stuck, uncertain, or need more guidance in navigating mental health-related careers and opportunities. I bridge femtorship & coaching style support to guide you towards a pathway that is in alignment with your passion and values and to empower you to authentically take up space in any professinal setting you're in. Estoy aquí para echarte porras!
  • Monthly virtually meetings
  • Options for monthly packages or an intensive 90-minute power hour



Initial Assessment:

$225 (90-120 minutes)

Individual Therapy Session:

$165 (50 minutes)

Student Individual Therapy Session:

$115 (50 minutes)

Reduced fee slots are available on a limited and income-based basis.


I am only accepting major credit cards as payments at this time through my secure online portal. Payments are due at the beginning of each session.

​No-shows and same-day cancellations will result in a fee charged to the card on file.


I am an out-of-network provider, therefore,

I do not accept insurance. However, I am happy to provide a superbill on a monthly basis so you can be reimbursed for out-of-network services.

Please call your insurance provider prior to our first appointment to ensure your out-of-network service will be reimbursed.


You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using their insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.
  • You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
  • Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical services or items. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.
  • If you receive bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute that bill.
  • Make sure you save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate,
    visit or call 1-800-985-3059.
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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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