Danielle Espinosa, AMFT #127285, APCC #10033

Supervised by Dr. Sahar Martinez, Psy.D, LMFT #111456

DANIELLE ESPINOSA (SHE/THEY)

About Me

I am a queer, Filipina American therapist born and raised in Northern CA and currently living in SoCal. When I’m not in the office, you could probably find me reading at a local coffee shop. My favorite authors include John Green, Celeste Ng, Kaveh Akbar, Paige Lewis, Erin Morgenstern, Victoria Chang, and Clint Smith. Other things I love (in no particular order) include: writing, playing piano and guitar, singing, bouldering, exploring independent bookstores, nerdfighteria, Broadway musicals, Hozier, and deep conversations. You might notice that many of my tattoos are subtle references to my love for literature and music.

Education and Training

I graduated with my Master of Science in Counseling at California State University, Fullerton and completed my practicum at Five Acres, a non-profit, DMH agency in Pasadena, CA. At Five Acres, I worked in both the community-based program and private pay sector, which allowed me to work with a variety of populations. In addition to working with adult survivors of domestic violence, I also provided therapeutic services to young children and their families, many of whom were in the foster care system and/or experienced domestic violence. I currently work part-time as a mental health specialist for a school-based agency.

Clinical Interests and Approach

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My clinical passions include working with the Asian American community and survivors of gender-based violence. My master’s thesis-equivalent project focused on counseling Asian American female survivors of sexual assault, for which I was awarded the Outstanding Research Award from the CSUF counseling department.  I have also spoken on various Asian American-led panels regarding rape culture and Asian American women's experiences with racialized sexual violence. Given the stigmas surrounding both mental health in Asian culture and sexual assault and rape culture, I hope to destigmatize each area with clients and empower clients to seek healing and support. I work from a person-centered, feminist outlook, meaning I believe in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship and that we deserve to be unconditionally valued as well as understood in the context of the oppressive systems that impact us. I also incorporate attachment theory in my work with both individuals and couples, as I believe our relationships and how we interact within them shape who we are and our outlook on life.