Get to know Itzel…

Preferred gender pronouns: “She, Her, Hers”

Clinical Approach

Itzel approaches clients with compassion and understanding, as those entering therapy are doing so in their most vulnerable moments. As each individual and family presents with unique needs she understand that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach does not support meaningful change or healing. Itzel’s strength-based approach helps individuals and families uncover resources and inner strengths to help achieve therapeutic goals. Itzel is intentional and integrates holistic and evidence-based practices to help people heal and create meaningful change in the present.

Itzel is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) psychotherapy and uses this approach to help individuals heal from distressing life experiences. She also works with couples and parents utilizing the Gottman Method and facilitates the workshop for Bringing Baby Home a workshop series that prepares couples for life with baby.


Specialized Trainings

Itzel received a Masters of Science in Counseling, Marriage, Family and Child Therapy at the University of Phoenix, San Diego Campus in January 2014. She was a proud member of Alpha-Beta Honor Society, Chapter of Tau Upsilon Alpha. Additionally, she received a Bachelors in Psychology at San Diego State University in May 2009.   

  • Professional Maternal Mental Health Certificate, Postpartum Support International & 2020Mom, 2018

  • UCSD Play Therapy Certificate Program, In Progress

  • Star Behavioral Health Providers, Tier 1: Civilian Professionals, Military Sensitivity Training, 2015

  • The Incredible Years Training, Child and Parent Group Leader, 2014

  • The Gottman Institute, Level 1: Bridging The Couple Chasm, 2014

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 2014

  • CA State Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, 2013

  • Motivational Interviewing, Phase 1 and 2, 2013


Her Passions…

Itzel is a wife and mama to 2 boys- - my 11 year old step-son and three year old son. She is also a mama of three fur pups and water turtles.