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Eztli Herrera-Gardea, LMFT

Eztli Herrera-Gardea, LMFT


Licensed in CA #126717
Insurances Accepted: Cigna/Evernorth, Aetna, Blue Shield of CA
My therapy overall is humanistic and I meet the client where they are at.

My Therapy Style

My therapy overall is humanistic and I meet the client where they are at. I utilize different modalities of therapy, such as Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Relational, Somatic, creative art and psychodynamic therapies, and positive psychology. My experience has been with all ages up to 93 years old in home, school, clinical, and hospital settings. I have worked throughout LA County largely in trauma and parenting.

Education & Training

MS - Clinical Psychology, California State University, Fullerton

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I was not attracted to being a therapist until I did my practicum (I was in my Clinical Psychology Master's program at CSU Fullerton) and saw the meaningfulness of allowing youth to be seen and heard. I had intended to immediately go into a Ph.D. program so I could teach and conduct research, but I was driven to support our youth and families who were struggling. I am driven to support and provide space for others so they can lead the life they want to live.

What are your interests outside of work?

Yoga, food, reading, traveling, hiking, anything with water, friends, and family, and working on my self-growth.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

Diaphragmatic breathe

What book have you read more than once?

Harry Potter because I love the way grief, resilience, and diversity is explored. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah because I love how he uses humor and humility to be resilient. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk because it is important to understand current trauma research and treatments.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

United Nations Relief because it helps across the world to those who need it

How do you recharge?

Breathing, mindfulness, playing with my dog and connecting with others

Do you have any pets?

I have a mini-aussie named Benny and he is everything.