I Support the Latinx Community by Bridging Mental Health and Cultural Understanding
Learn About Me and How I Can Help
Marina Hernandez, LPC
Greetings, my name is Marina Astrid Hernandez, and I am honored to serve as a Bilingual Psychotherapist within the esteemed Latinx Talk Therapy. Embracing my Latinx heritage, I have keenly observed the stigmas burdening our community. My paramount objective is to offer comprehensive support by empowering individuals to cultivate coping mechanisms, heighten self-awareness, and acquire vital psychoeducation. I firmly believe in the transformative potency of talk therapy, recognizing how the narratives we adopt significantly shape our lives. It brings me profound gratification to aid individuals in improving their quality of life.
My academic journey culminated in a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health from DePaul University. At DePaul, I dedicated myself to honing my micro-counseling skills, mastering various theories, and studying evidence-based interventions. To continually refine my expertise, I have actively engaged in diverse training programs, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Department of Children and Family Services certifications, narrative treatment approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and other forms of professional development.
A Little More About Me
I was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. My formative years were enriched by the experiences of being a student at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where I eventually became a special education teacher for four years. As an educator, I collaborated with stakeholders on individualized education programs, proactively crafting action plans to nurture students’ growth and development. During this period, I realized my genuine desire to delve deeper into the human experience, comprehend the nuances of personal challenges, and facilitate the achievement of others’ aspirations. This realization catalyzed my decision to pursue advanced education in the field of psychotherapy.
Beyond my professional endeavors, I revel in moments of leisure and rejuvenation. You may often find me riding my bicycle, strolling with my pup, Mia, reading more about the human experience, or venturing on journeys that enrich my understanding of the world.
My Therapeutic Approach
Cognitive behavior therapy is at the core of my therapeutic philosophy, which serves as the bedrock of my practice. Yet, I remain adaptable, adopting an eclectic stance tailored to each client’s needs. My unwavering commitment to evidence-based practices ensures that treatment is guided by empirical findings, promoting the most effective and comprehensive care. I firmly adhere to the holistic perspective of human development and experiences, recognizing the profound impact of intersecting identities on one’s journey toward healing and growth.
My unwavering dedication to fostering a supportive and empathetic therapeutic environment drives my passion for guiding individuals toward transformative change. I look forward to the privilege of joining you on your journey toward personal fulfillment and well-being.