hi! i'm Zenaida.
I specialize in helping people build more satisfying relationships, increase self-compassion and empowerment, and rediscover their joy.
It is my mission to help you create a positive mind-body connection by adjusting your nervous system, even when times are hard. I am committed to working with couples and individuals using body-focused therapy techniques like Somatic Experiencing®.
when i'm not working
I’m a 3rd generation Chicana born and raised in Northern California. I grew up fighting for social justice with my educator mama and my artist dad. I guess you could say helping people is in my blood! I am an artist at heart (painting, sculpting, paper making, mixed media, and more). I also love dancing, reading, spending time at the beach, and hiking in temperate climates with my wonderful partner. I am the fur mom of two rescue pups who will be soon making a debut in my first children’s book!
my education and training
I’ve officially been in the mental health field since 2012, focusing on trauma, including generational trauma, attachment challenges, anxiety, and depression, through individual, couples, group, and children’s therapy. I have also taught meditation and Mindfulness groups since 2007.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CA LCSW #87046) and am currently pursuing my doctorate in counseling psychology. I have been trained to work with individuals, communities, and in policy with a focus on social justice. I am a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, a Somatic Archaeology© Practitioner, and a PACT trained therapist.
I also have a background using the following evidence-based practices: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
therapy with Zenaida
I work with couples who are committed to creating more satisfying relationships through a better understanding of their partners and with people who are struggling with fertility. I also have a special emphasis on working with People of Color.
We may be a good match if you...
Struggle to feel important in your life, especially in your relationships
Feel like you and your partner just can't get on the same page anymore
Feel like you and your partner are struggling to communicate about sex and intimacy, work, mess, time, money, fertility, or children
Think that some of your struggles are the result of your parents or grandparents' choices and would like to change that to be a better partner or parent
Are on a fertility journey and could use some help rediscovering your purpose and joy in the process
SOMATIC EXPERIENCING with zenaida
Somatic Experiencing (SE™) is a trauma recovery treatment that helps release traumatic shock and "stuck" feelings. Your Somatic Experiencing therapist will verbally guide you through exercises that help you identify where trauma and stress manifest in your body (sensations, postures, movements, etc.), and practice mind-body techniques to resolve it.
These techniques pull from psychology, neuroscience, and indigenous healing practices, and is used by multiple health professions, including medicine, physical therapy, and psychotherapy. At Wellness for Humanity, Somatic Experiencing can be incorporated into your talk therapy sessions, or used as a stand-alone treatment.
Somatic Experiencing may be a good fit for you if you:
Experience out-of-control survival modes, like fight, flight, or freeze, when no emergency is present
Struggle with an inner critic that keeps asking "why you can't just get over it"
Have significant lingering effects from a real or perceived life-threatening situation
Believe you struggle to function and feel like yourself due to the effects of cumulative and/or ongoing stress