First, we will go over the structure of a typical session, start and end times, costs for therapy, confidentiality agreements, and telehealth protocols. Second, I will ask some questions about your background history, this is called the intake assessment or initial clinical assessment. This will help me get a better understanding of your medical, family, history, symptoms, and situation. Then we will go over any questions you have for me. After we take care of the business-y side, you will have the space to discuss anything you want or what brings you to therapy. I want to make sure we take some time getting to know one another genuinely. I don't expect anyone to dive deeper than they are able or ready to. I'm here for you and I will honor whatever you choose to share in the moment. I believe in taking it one step at a time and one session at a time so we can get to a comfortable and safe place in our relationship where real work and change can happen.
We’d be a good fit if you like a non-directive counseling style with intentional and respectful confronting and if you don't mind homework between session. I like to take mindful breaks so we can practice healthy ways to manage stress and pay attention to what is happening in your mind, body, and around you in the present moment. Rather zooming in on a problem, I want to partner with you to find solutions that may help get you unstuck. I may use humor from time to time as it will come naturally, and because it feels good to connect and share a laugh with someone. Also, you may notice some silence on my end, I'm taking time to process information and it allows for an opportunity for you to really listen with kindness as your would a best friend. I am committed to helping you uncover or build on your strengths, values, and beliefs so you can make decisions that are in alignment with what's important to you. I want to help you look at a difficult situation in a more adaptive way with curiosity, honesty, and compassion.
In my sessions, I will allow you the freedom to steer the direction and I help set the course. We decide together goals in which you would like to reach. There are no guarantees in therapy as in any real relationship. It is common in therapy to feel like things are getting worse before they get better. I will do my very best to stay active and engaged with you to ensure that you stay on course with some gentle reminders and celebration of your accomplishments big or small. I like to think that every effort on your part counts towards progress. Everyone feels stuck sometimes or get off-track, it is my job to support you to get back on with more confidence, clarity, and motivation.
LGBTQIA related issues
Race & Cultural Identity
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Adolescent mental health
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Marriage and Family Therapy
Racial Trauma: Healing the Healers by Dr. Joy DeGruy
Working With Multi-Stressed Families by Dr. Pamela Parkinson
CA, LMFT, LMFT125378
M.A. Counseling, School Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, California State University, East Bay
Hi my name is Heidi Hernandez, I am a second generation Filipino American and a first generation college graduate. As a child of immigrant parents, I struggled with managing the gender roles, and expectations of both Filipino and American cultures, while navigating what it means to have intersecting LGBTQ identities. My experiences has driven me to pursue a career in mental health to represent marginalized communities and help emerging adults cope with life transitions, family conflict, and generational/cultural issues. I am passionate in helping young adults live authentically, with more self-compassion, self-esteem, and motivation to thrive. I have been practicing for over 10 years in community mental health agencies and K-12 schools across the Bay Area. I provided individual, family, and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults. Are you experiencing a recent life transition that is causing you stress, anxiety, or depression? (e.g. moving, college, job change/loss, breakups, family changes, coming out) I will partner with you to help you learn healthier ways to cope. I will support you in taking better care of yourself and moving with more motivation, energy, and purpose. Are you having conflicts with family over generational or cultural differences in values and expectations? I can help you learn ways to set healthy boundaries, strengthen your support systems, and learn ways to have deeper and more honest conversations effectively and safely. Are you exploring your gender identity or sexual identity? I would be honored to share a safe space with you and help you work through your thoughts and emotions, at whatever pace you're comfortable. If you can relate to any of these situations, please don't hesitate to contact me. Therapy can be scary, no matter if it is your first time, second or third time. Just because you're getting older doesn't mean you should have life figured out. I'd be happy to work together with you as your supporter, ally, and coach. We will learn, grow, and celebrate every small and big step forward toward living a more authentic, meaningful, and healthy life.
20885 Redwood Rd, #279, Castro Valley, 94546, CA