Giovanna Torres, MSW, LICSW
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)
My work is rooted in Cultural Relational Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals (EFIT). My work is primarily through means of talk therapy, but I also guide clients through a process of Somatic Therapy
- I am present in the sessions. By this I mean, I provide feedback to my clients, perspective, guidance, and structure to sessions resulting in a conversational and free-flowing overtone in therapeutic sessions. Therapy is a process and goes beyond one-sided ‘venting’ (Relational)
- I ask clients about their cultural values, norms, identity and experience in the world and take this into consideration in our treatment plan (Cultural Relational)
- I ask clients about their day/week and also dive into past experiences, childhood memories, and core relationships that have shaped their identity (attachment theory)— to understand current coping mechanisms and a client’s worldview (EFIT, Cultural Relational)
- I ask clients to pause, to engage in mindfulness practices, and to locate sensations/emotions in their body to give language to emotions that may struggle to be understood or articulated (Somatic Therapy)