I’m excited and honored to be working in the field of therapy!
I use an integrative approach that draws on psychodynamic, relational, attachment and family systems modalities to bring about growth and wellbeing. As a student of sensorimotor psychotherapy I also incorporate somatic techniques aimed at utilizing the wisdom of the body as a resource to support therapeutic change.
Although my education and training serve as a framework for my work with clients, I come to this profession with my own set of life experiences that also informs the way I work. Having struggled through many of life’s milestones such as transitioning into adulthood, establishing a career, and starting a family (to name a few) therapy became a wonderful resource. In return, I learned a lot about myself and acquired many tools that I’m ready to share with others.
I look forward to providing you with a space that utilizes my education, training, and life experience as a vessel to bring clarity to your struggles and to help create a more empowered and expansive you. The result of this work is greater self-regulation, personal growth, and improved interpersonal relationships.
Painful life experiences have been woven into the fabric of my history and I’m eager to help my clients overcome as I have. I have translated some of my own personal challenges into specialties in my practice. My clinical interests/focus include:
Adolescent girls struggling with friendships or feeling overwhelmed
Families facing challenges with connecting and communicating
Individuals suffering with trauma, depression and anxiety
Individuals struggling with acculturation and/or cultural identity issues
Loss of a Parent/Cancer Support
Acculturation: Being raised in a more traditional family setting I often felt torn between two opposing cultural views. Acculturation struggles can lead to difficulties in establishing a sense of identity. The complexities involved in navigating cultural transitions, generational differences and how we negotiate traditional versus more modern/progressive ideals can engender feelings of loneliness and isolation. You are not alone. Together we can work towards increasing your awareness of the cultural beliefs that may not be allowing you to be your most authentic self.
Family: Balancing the demands of parenthood is hard and at times comes with unforeseen complications. As a parent myself, I understand the unique experiences faced within the family dynamic. Let’s work together to re-establish connection and balance by allowing each family member to feel heard and understood. If your teen is struggling, I can also help them feel more confident and learn to lean on you.
Trauma/Anxiety/Depression: Trauma can impact all important aspects of our lives. It’s hard to tackle something as scary as trauma when we don’t have a safe space or a safe other to helps us look and hold our trauma narrative. Similarly, depression and anxiety can rob us of the life we want to lead. By working collaboratively, we can examine what is no longer serving you and start to work towards building more adaptive ways of coping. Through gaining insights into yourself, you can begin to feel more empowered to be more present in your life and in your relationships with others.
Loss of a Parent/Cancer Support: Losing a parent is a unique and painful experience. It feels hard to watch a loved one struggle with illness and to balance staying in touch with your life. You might end up moving, quitting your job, or putting your life on hold. It is also painful to lose a parent to illness, suicide, or accident. You feel different from other people and might feel numb or a crazy intensity of emotion. I am here to be with you through this and find a way through the dark.
Let me help you break down barriers. Please call me at (424) 226-6039 or email me at Antonia@AntoniaCardona.com
I’m a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist working under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Frankel PSY #26356. I have a Masters degree in Marriage and Family therapy from California State University, Northridge. I have completed all 3,000 hours of supervised practice and am studying for the licensure exam.