We had the good fortune of connecting with Genesis Espinoza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Genesis, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think the most important factors behind my success are authenticity, humility, and empathy. With authenticity being the most important one. As a mental health professional, my goal has always been to help people heal and grow from their pain and suffering. In sessions, my main objective is to remain authentic and empathetic, while maintaining professional boundaries in the therapeutic relationship. Being authentic to me means being myself—a humorous, kind, supportive, and real individual who is not immune to problems or mental health issues. Being true to who I am is essential.
What should our readers know about your business?
My private practice name is Healing and Growth. My practice is located in San Fernando, CA. It was important for me to establish my business in the San Fernando Valley since that is where I grew up and I also wanted to give back to my Latinx community. In my private practice, I provide individual therapy, family therapy, and immigration evaluations to all individuals but primarily to the latino population. I also offer free therapy sessions to Victims of Crime who have experienced heinous crimes such as sexual assault, sexual abuse, physical abuse, robbery, or domestic violence. I am proud of everything I do in my business but particularly, the immigration evaluations I conduct. I provide the Latinx community with quality and affordable immigration evaluations. I team up with immigration lawyers and paralegals in order to help immigrants obtain the American dream. I provide asylum evaluations, domestic violence evaluations (VAWA), extreme hardship evaluations, cancelation of removal evaluations, U-Visa evaluations, and T-visa evaluations. For this process, I interview clients for two sessions for about 1.5 hours each and assess how their perspective situations are affecting their mental health and how their mental health will suffer if they were to get relocated to their country of origin. Building my business has been manageable due to the support and mental health therapists that I have met and learned from through out this process. Initially, I was so scared to start my business since I did not get the proper guidance in graduate school on how to start a private practice. I definitely learned about business and how to establish a private practice from my mentor Ericka Germon and also Adriana Alejandre from Latinx Therapy. Ericka molded me into the therapist I am and Adriana helped guide me on how to establish my private practice and helped provide me with referrals through her Latinx Therapy Directory. The biggest lessons I have learned are to be yourself, network, step outside of your comfort zone, and utilize social media to not only market but to raise awareness and de-stigmatize mental health.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting San Fernando, I would take her to In-N-out for burgers, Horchateria to grab some delicious conchas with ice cream and iced coffee, and Truman House Tavern for a nice cocktail. I would also take my friend to Santa Monica beach to get a tan, swim, and enjoy the ferris wheel at the pier. I would take her to Crystal Cove State park on another day, which is my favorite beach in Orange County. It’s a nice private beach with a beach front restaurant called the BeachComber and amazing tide pools. Afterwards, I would take her to Sprinkles Cupcake to get a cupcake with ice cream. And last but not least, I would take her to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure to enjoy the rides, shops, and restaurants.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shout out to my mentor, former supervisor, and friend: Ericka Germon. Ericka Germon is also a licensed marriage and family therapist and she became my supervisor in 2016 where we met at my first Department of Mental Health Agency job ever. The minute I met her, I knew she had to be my mentor since she was full of so much knowledge and we connected really well. Ericka gave me the great honor of working with victims of crime through her non-profit, Valley of Hope Children’s Inc. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience from her and she taught me a lot about being a culturally competent, authentic, and responsible mental health clinician. She always believed in me and gave me the confidence and support to open up my own private practice. I am the therapist I am today because of her guidance, supervision, and mentorship. Thank you Ericka!
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