She/Her/HersLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Desiree Gonzalez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in Whittier, CA. Desiree works with young adults and adults who are motivated to make changes in their lives in both individual and couples settings. Many of Desiree’s clients struggle with their anxiety and depression. Their relationships face challenges because of their mental health, as well as their trauma backgrounds. They feel overwhelmed with stress at work and at home, and they want to find better ways of coping. They also want to achieve personal growth so they can overcome future challenges.
Desiree’s approach to therapy draws from many thoughts-based modalities, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Clients learn how to monitor their thoughts and promote healthy, positive thoughts about the self. Desiree also practices the Gottman Method when working with couples, which can help them integrate healthy communication strategies into daily routines, so needs and emotions become respected elements of their interactions. Desiree coaches clients towards their goals, providing empathy and support along the way.
Desiree earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University of Southern California, focusing on Marriage and Family Therapy. She has over 10 years of experience working with clients, and she strives to empower clients to believe in their own resilience to tackle challenges and create positive change.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Clinical supervision - Offering professional supervision services for clinicians
This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Years of Experience: 14 years
Vanguard University of Southern California, Masters, 2009
Cal State University of Long Beach, Bachelors, 2007