Veronica Encinas, AMFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Hi, I’m Veronica, and my passion and dedication to this work lies in the idea that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Everyone will experience some frictions or challenges at some point in their life and need support. I feel called to be an empathic guide to people during such times.
style + philosophy
I work somatically and relationally, meaning I hold that the mind and body are intrinsically connected. I welcome clients to tell their stories, histories, and important aspects of their life. I also invite them to become aware of how they feel as they are sharing with me by tuning into their bodies. I welcome them to become more conscious of their five senses–to tune into their body sensations, gestures, breath, emotions, etc. Together, overtime, we discover significant and often transformative information about core patterns, beliefs, and ways of relating to themselves, others, and the world.
Additionally, I am a passionate advocate for social justice and equality for all, which also informs my work and the ways in which I am called to support people.
I received my masters in somatic psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I am further trained in DBT, mindful practices, experiential, and formative psychology. These trainings have given me a deep well of mindfulness tools, practices, and resources that I offer to clients to help with slowing down and living with greater presence and intention. My background in somatic psychology, experiential, and formative psychology has enriched my knowledge of how to bring the body and one’s physical experience into the process of therapy. This way of working can be a powerful agent in creating lasting change.
My professional life is additionally informed by Meditation, Yoga, and Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy.
● California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
A little more about me…
My most coveted day is spent with my dearest friends enjoying a homemade meal and basking in the sun near a large body of water. I have found that my most joyous experiences often–if not always–consist of sunshine, healthy food grown from the ecology of the land, music, and the company of loved ones. All intermixed with a quietude that would make the forest jealous 🙂