Lily Theresa Gatica
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Lily Theresa Gatica


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
Texas, California, Florida Accepting Online
Updated January 31, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Couples counseling
  • First or Second Generation Hispanic/Latinx Adults

Professional statement

Lily Gatica is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist offering online therapy to individuals and couples residing in the states of California and Texas. In addition, she holds an Out-of-state Telehealth License in the state of Florida.

Her process involves using a holistic approach that addresses the mind, body, and spirit in a loving and gentle way. Lily believes developing a strong connection between the therapist and the client is crucial to building trust and laying the foundation for change to happen. It is important for the client and therapist to develop a strong relationship so that they can work together effectively, and thus providing the client what they need most in each session. Without a strong and trusting relationship, certain avenues can be overlooked during the healing process.

Lily studied clinical psychology with an emphasis on spiritual in depth psychology. During this time, Lily traveled to Japan to study the culture’s approach to Mindfulness through Zen Buddhism, as well as the relationship to therapy. Lily trained at the Maple Counseling Center where she received extensive experience providing individual therapy to a diverse population of adults ranging from 18-64 years old. She supported clients who were experiencing a wide array of issues: anxiety, depression, grief, self-harm, PTSD, mood disorders, and relationship difficulties. Lily also trained at Early Childhood Development Associates where she worked with families, mothers and newborns, toddlers, and children through an attachment based lens. In addition, she received training on EMDR and trauma informed body focused practices.

Given that every individual is unique, Lily's experience has allowed her to develop a versatile process that helps the client wherever they may be on their life path. Lily is conducting therapy services via HIPPA-compliant teletherapy.

Message to clients

The thought about talking to a stranger about what’s going on is terrifying. When the process involves an honest conversation about symptoms, family problems, and addiction or other “shameful” family secrets, it can keep anyone from healing. You were taught to keep it to yourself and not cause trouble. To not air family secrets and that emotions are dramatic and useless. Especially the biggest of all- grief. There is nobody that gets to escape grief in this process. It's a myth that any of it has to be painful or overwhelming. And struggling with feelings or needing to heal doesn't make you weak. Nobody taught you how to do this.

Your past doesn't have to define you or prevent you from living. You don't have to "suck it up" anymore. You can break the patterns and create a better life for yourself. If you process the guilt, shame, resentment, sadness, then it doesn't stay. You can truly move on. No longer pretending, you get to enjoy your life as it is instead of reliving the past.

Going to therapy can be a difficult choice especially when you know healing is messy and painful. I use effective and quick methods like EMDR and others for the fastest and least painful healing possible. With my help, you can learn the skills you weren't taught and you can heal. It's time to offer yourself the ability to move past this.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

First or Second Generation Hispanic/Latinx Adults - Exploring the complexities and uniqueness of growing up as Hispanic/Latinx as it relates to one's family of origin and identity.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Initial session: $175 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

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:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Multiple times a week
Therapist's note

I am contracted with Aetna insurance for Texas residents ONLY. Otherwise, I am not in network with any insurance companies, but I am happy to provide my clients with a superbill upon request.


Online Sessions (Texas)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12pm or 5pm
  • Tue 10am, 3pm-6pm
  • Wed 10am-12pm, 6pm-8pm
  • Thu 12pm, 4pm-7pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 9am or 10am
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am or 3pm
  • Tue 10am, 2pm-4pm
  • Wed 9am- 1pm
  • Thu 9am-11am, 1-3pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 7am or 8am
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Florida)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am-12pm, 5pm-7pm
  • Tue 10am-3pm
  • Wed 10am-2pm, 7pm
  • Thu 11am-2pm, 4pm-6pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 10am-3pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 5 years

LTG Wellness Services, Marriage and Family Therapist, 2021 - Present
Early Childhood Development Associates, MFT Associate, 2020 - 2021
Maple Counseling Center, MFT Trainee & Associate, 2017 - 2019

EMDR International Association , EMDRIA Certified, 2022
Trauma Resource Institute, Trauma Resiliency Model, 2021
Trauma Resource Institute, Community Resiliency Model, 2020
Antioch University, MA Clinical Psychology, 2018
University of California Los Angeles, BA Sociology , 2012


Texas: 204340

California: 127712

Florida: TPMF474



Client testimonials

"Lily was excellent in her treatment with me & very thoughtful & patient. She helped to guide me every step of the way to resolve some of my issues. She also helped me with coping tools to relieve my anxiety. I would higher recommend her as a therapist."
- Zencare client • April 2022