Meet Our Therapists

Grazel Garcia Psychotherapy & Associates (GGPA) employ clinical associates who are currently in the process of obtaining clinical hours for licensure and under the supervision of Grazel Garcia, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  GGPA’s clinical associates both offer sliding scale options for individuals and couples.  To know more about their approach, please see below. 


Damiana Valentini, Clinical Associate 

Damiana Valentini
Damiana Valentini, AMFT #111136

Whether one is suffering from depression, anxiety, grief and loss, unresolved trauma, or challenges in relationships, Damiana is there to provide a space to explore these issues and foster personal growth. She will work together with you on finding acceptance, creating healthy coping skills, and letting go of bad habits. She has been privileged to have the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches — psychodynamic, Gestalt, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) along with mindfulness-based practices — in an effort to help one discover the happy, peaceful life we all desire. 

From the time Damiana was a child growing up in New England, she always had a strong desire to help people. Prior to her work as a therapist, she earned a master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Animal Behavior and Conservation in New York City. She then decided to move to Los Angeles, make a shift in her career, and come back to why psychology had captivated her interests initially. She returned to studying the most interesting species on earth, human beings. It is with this renewed focus that she received a masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University to be licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  Damiana is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT #111136 currently working on gaining licensure hours while working under the clinical supervision of Grazel Garcia, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. 

Damiana understands that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important and impactful relationships one can have, and she is honored to be a part of it. She believes that you are the expert in your life, and she is there to provide the support and feedback you need to address life’s challenges, identify barriers, explore solutions, and achieve your goals. Without judgment, Damiana will build an understanding of who you are as a person so as to realize your strengths, fortify them, and create a healthier, happier you.

Damiana offers sliding scale fees for individuals, couples and families. For therapy services, feel free to contact Damiana through me by clicking here; you may also contact her directly by visiting her website at www.damianavalentini.com; or send her an email at damiana@grazelgarciatherapy.comor you may call her at 1-(347)-326-2900

 

traci ishigo, Clinical Associate 

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traci ishigo, ASW #83877

traci ishigo (pronouns: they/them, she/her) is a therapist, trauma-informed yoga and meditation teacher, and creative organizer.  As a Buddhist, queer, politicized Japanese American, survivor and Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW), traci is committed to deepening the sense of interconnectedness in healing and living with dignity.

Dedicated to sharing a holistic mental health approach, traci is honored to connect with individual and couples clients in private practice.  traci comes from clinical experience of working with many queer, transgender, nonbinary people of color, artists/creatives, activists, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, systems-impacted community members, and individuals who long to shift their relationship to substances and various kinds of addiction. 

traci is also trained as a trauma-informed yoga and meditation teacher, and has shared practice throughout many communities in Los Angeles. Prior to starting her private practice, traci co-founded Vigilant Love, which creates spaces for connection and grassroots movement to ensure the safety and justice of communities impacted by Islamophobia and violence in the greater Los Angeles Area.  As Co-Director of the organization, traci leads efforts on intergenerational solidarity building and creative, healing-centered political programming.

As a therapist, traci provides an inclusive, empowering and compassionate space to navigate life’s complexities and suffering together.  traci’s warm therapeutic approach supports clients in freely exploring their lived experiences and intergenerational history, as well as any emotional and somatic feelings that accompany them. traci believes that therapy can be an opportunity for clients to honor their survival and strengths, claim their own narratives, integrate various healing practices, and connect to a sense of truth that allows for vitality in life. The questions are: how can we co-create a therapeutic experience that is liberating for you?  And how can your relationships and the life you lead care for your well-being? 

traci earned a Master in Social Work (MSW) from University of Southern California and is an Associate Social Worker, ASW #83877 currently working on gaining licensure hours while working under the clinical supervision of Grazel Garcia, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  traci offers sliding scale fees for individuals and couples.  For therapy services, feel free to contact traci by clicking here; you may also contact her directly by visiting their website at www.websofwellbeing.com; or send her an email at traci@grazelgarciatherapy.comor you may call her at 1-(562)-661-9813

In therapy, we will heal wounds and face challenges together.