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Learn About Me and How I Can Help

Marina Hernandez, MA

Hello, my name is Marina Astrid Hernandez. I am a bilingual intern therapist-in-training at Latinx Talk Therapy. As a Latinx individual, I have witnessed certain stigmas that put weight on the shoulders of Latinos. I strive to help individuals learn coping skills, enhance awareness, and provide psychoeducation. I believe in the benefits of talk therapy and its healing power and how the narratives we choose to give meaning can influence our lives. I find passion and joy in helping individuals enhance their quality of life. 

I am working toward attaining my Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health at DePaul University. Throughout my time at DePaul, I have worked on micro counseling skills, theory, intersecting identities, evidence-based interventions, and more. I have also taken various trainings like Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Department of Children and Family Services certifications, narrative treatment approaches, and other forms of professional development. I have also been a part of a Muslim Women’s Resource Center group therapy, where I assisted in developing plans while delivering them; we focused on cognitive behavior theory, stress reduction, and coping skills. 

Get to Know A Little Bit More About Me

I was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, a border city with Mexico. I began my career at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; I matriculated, received my education degree, and was a special education teacher for four years. 

As a teacher, I worked with students and collaborated with the individualized education program stakeholders to create action plans. I also learned, as a teacher, that I wanted to go back to school to learn more about people, their lived experiences, and how to help them reach their goals. Aside from being an intern at Latinx Talk Therapy, I am a team leader at the Office of Graduate Admissions at DePaul University. I am also the treasurer of Chi Sigma Iota, a counseling academic, and professional honors society.

Aside from past careers and current employment aspirations and goals, I enjoy riding my bicycle, going on walks with my pup, Mia, reading, and traveling!

My Therapeutic Approach

My clinical approach is grounded in psychodynamic theory. However, I also take an eclectic stance depending on the client’s needs, while also being driven by evidence-based practices to guide treatment. Additionally, I view human development and experiences holistically, and it behooves the counselor to consider a person’s intersecting identities.

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