Giovanna Torres, MSW, LSWAIC
I am a first-generation Chicana and teen mom of one. I have many identities, but I find these few in particular have governed my place in the world and, thus, influence my clinical practice and perspectives. I’ve worked as a nursing assistant, a dietary aide, a writing tutor, and a youth life coach, but I have found my place in the field of mental health. I’m a Somatic Therapist who believes that our body and mind should be integrated in the therapeutic process in order to heal. I am passionate about providing comprehensive care to BIPOC individuals and advocating for mental health services that are holistic.
I pull from a variety of therapeutic modalities in my work with clients. I lean heavily on Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT), Relational-Cultural Therapy, and trauma infromed mindfulness practices. In session, I intend to walk alongside my clients and collaborate with them on their process of healing all while making space for choice, exploration, wonder and joy. I strongly believe my work with clients is reciprocal, which is why I strive to challenge power dynamics and honor difference throughout treatment. Our relationship will be the foundation of our work together and it is through a relational approach where I have witnessed healing in a way that is authentic and deeply impactful.
If you feel we would be a good fit for one another, please contact me for a free 20 minute consultation.
- Portland Center Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship (Sept-Oct 2021)
- Gestalt Therapy Certification (Nov 2020)
- Trauma Informed Crisis Intervention Training (Sept 2019)