We had the good fortune of connecting with Blanca Estela Amaya and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Blanca Estela, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
After working in community mental health for over 10 years I noticed that there were many gaps to provide quality and unique mental health services based on an individual’s needs. I wanted to provide mental health services on my own terms by providing quality, unique, holistic, and whole person based individual psycho therapy. I wanted to have the freedom to provide evidence based individual psycho therapy or alternative healing practices based on the individual’s needs. I knew that the only way to provide these services was by starting my own private practice.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a first-generation Latina who had to navigate many first as a child of immigrants. The journey of navigating a lot of first was mentally, emotionally, and physically draining. I worked toward unlearning unhealthy thinking and behaviors patterns that were no longer serving me. I let go of being in survival mode and started to live a life worth living. Although my journey was not easy I learned a lot from it. I found that I was not the only one who was experiencing the difficulty of managing many first. There are many of us out there. I decided that I wanted to focus my private practice to help Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) children of immigrants like myself through the same journey I took. I provide quality, unique, holistic, and whole person based individual psycho therapy. I not only practice evidence based psycho therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) but I also introduce alternative healing practices based on the individual’s current needs. My business mentors and colleagues who have started their own private practices have been such a support through the journey of start and the growth of my business. I have learned that having a community is important not only for the growth of your business but also for your growth as an individual.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a best friend who was visiting I would take them to Inspiration Mountain in Altadena, CA for a nice hike and view of the city. We would go to Cope de Vida in Old Town Pasadena, CA for a latte and brunch after our hike. Later on during the day we could hang out in Old Town Pasadena to catch a bit at a local restaurant and a drink.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout my immigrant parents who have been my inspiration to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and help others. Growing up I saw them help others in need even though we didnt have much. Their work ethic and sacrifices have contributed to were I am now. My parents and my husband have also been my inspiration to start my own business and have believed in me during this journey.

Website: www.amayacounseling.org

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amayacounseling

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amayacounseling

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