Speaking Engagements

Dr. Yanira Hernandez is an accomplished and passionate speaker with expertise in mental health within Latinx communities, professional identity, imposter syndrome, anxiety and stress management, trauma, resilience, wellness, self-care, and destigmatizing mental health and therapy. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each speaking engagement, leaving audiences informed, inspired, and empowered.

Whether you’re organizing a conference, workshop, webinar, or panel discussion, Dr. Yanira Hernandez is ready to deliver an impactful and enlightening presentation tailored to your audience’s needs. Her passion for mental health advocacy, cultural competence, and empowerment shines through in every speaking engagement.

Why Choose Dr. Yanira Hernandez As Your Speaker?

Dr. Hernandez offers a range of thought-provoking and relevant speaking topics, including:

Mental Health Within Latinx Communities

Exploring the unique challenges, stigmas, and strategies for promoting mental well-being within Latinx communities.

Professional Identity & Imposter Syndrome

Diving into the complexities of imposter syndrome, especially as it relates to BIPOC professionals and students, and discover strategies for overcoming self-doubt and achieving professional success.

Managing Anxiety & Stress

Learning practical techniques for managing anxiety and stress in today’s fast-paced world.

Trauma & Resiliency

Gaining insights into the impact of trauma and discover ways to build resilience and heal.

Wellness & Self-Care

Exploring the importance of self-care and wellness practices for maintaining mental and emotional balance.

Destigmatizing Mental Health And Therapy

Challenging the stigma surrounding mental health and therapy, and learn how to create more open and supportive communities.

First-Generation Experience & Empowerment

Understanding the unique experiences and challenges faced by First-Generation professionals and students, and explore strategies for empowerment and success.

Bicultural Mindset: Embracing Strength In Diversity

Understanding the power of a bicultural mindset, leveraging diverse backgrounds to enhance personal growth and mental well-being.

Empowering Latinx Youth

Reviewing the unique challenges faced by Latinx youth in today’s world and discover strategies for promoting their mental well-being and self-empowerment.

*Topics available upon request.

To inquire about Dr. Hernandez’s availability and discuss your event’s specific requirements, please email yanirahernandez@palantetherapy.com or through the form bellow:

Past Talks:

"El pasado es el presente: Impacto del trauma intergeneracional en la comunidad Latine"- Presenter, Children's Hospital Orange County, Pediatric Psychology, CHiSPA Seminar, January 2024

Latinas Represent Keynote Speaker: “Transforming Communities while Honoring Ourselves,” May 2023


Latina Youth Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker for Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. UCLA and UCSB Chapters, May 2023


“Trauma Exposed Children in Schools”- Co-Presenter, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, USC UCEDD Pediatric Psychology, March 2023


SD Voyager Local Stories- interviewee with Editorial Staff, November 2022


National Leadership Organizational Development Conference Keynote Speaker for Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., August 2022


“Fine Tuning One’s Mental Health”- Workshop Presenter, June 2022


“Intergenerational Trauma”- Interviewee with Lead Editor at HipLatina News and Media, June 2022


“Navigating the Professional Identity as Latinx Graduate Students & Professionals”- Guest Speaker for UC Davis Latino Medical Student Association, May 2022


Voyage LA/Shoutout SoCal Magazine- Interviewee with Editorial Staff, April 2022


“Pa’lante! Feat. Dr. Hernandez: Mental Health within the Latinx Community”- Interviewee with Salud Podcast, May 2021

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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. 

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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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