Johanna Padilla AMFT
Johanna chose to pursue a career as a clinical therapist to support under-celebrated communities, bringing awareness of the societal impact on mental health, and the importance of cultural competence in the mental health field and in a westernized society. Through her own therapy, she unlearned internal messages that no longer serve her, increasing her own sense of power, agency, and liberation. She developed an immense desire to guide and walk alongside others on their journey.
The core of Johanna’s work is non-judgmental and culture-centered, anti-racist and anti-oppression, and powered by social justice and inclusivity. Johanna brings her authentic self to sessions incorporating a trauma-informed lens, curiosity, directness, humor, and culture too, to encourage you to bring your whole self too. The therapeutic environment she fosters with clients is authentic, non-judgmental, collaborative, interactive, empathetic, and filled with compassion and support.
Johanna specializes in supporting the healing journey of BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA2+ communities. In treatment, she likes to work with those who struggle with questioning, sexuality, acculturation stress, land back/ indigenous sovereignty, racial trauma, reclaiming/redefining identity, first-generation stressors, transgender stress, life transitions, intergenerational trauma, non-conforming struggles, anxiety, intersectionality, situational depression, self-esteem, intergenerational cultural dissonance, intimate relationships (monogamous and consensual non-monogamous), self-advocacy and boundaries, interpersonal issues, therapy for activists, therapy for therapists, and therapy for those seeking education on any of the mentioned specializations in a corrective, healing, environment.
When working with Johanna you can expect a welcoming and attuned energy that meets you with authentic curiosity and compassion.