Holistic Psychotherapy with Emilia Ortega-Jara, LCSW

It’s my heart’s mission to work from a compassionate, genuine place and empower the voice that has been silent, ignite the spirit that has been tamed, and heal the heart that has been broken.  Se habla español.

My work is guided and born from the inner most sacred place- that which is the heart. Through a heart centered psychotherapy approach my counseling services offer a safe space to grieve, feel, and heal. A place which honors the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. My therapeutic work incorporates various traditional indigenous wisdom, and eastern wellness teachings along with evidence based psychotherapy techniques such as CBT and DBT. In addition, I bring a social justice framework into my healing practice addressing the historical trauma many have experienced due to the social, cultural, and political inequalities that to this day continue to negatively affect the mental and emotional wellness of families and communities.

I bring 15+ years of counseling experience working in various community agencies addressing the emotional and mental well-being of women, youth, and families through holistic psychotherapy. Their stories of survival and healing have been my greatest training. They have instilled in me the hope and passion to facilitate this work and inspire me to serve wholeheartedly.

Counseling Education and Training

LCSW with a Masters in Social Work, Concentration: Health/ Mental Health
San Jose State University, 2009

EMDR Trained through EMDRIA, June 2017

Birth story listening- Birthing from Within, March 2017

Maternal Mental Health Advanced Clinical Training
Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force, December 2014

Life Coach Institute of Orange County
Life Coach Certification July 2013

Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care, Postpartum Support International Certification, June 2012

Multidimensional Family Therapy, Riverside County Dept of Mental Health
Therapist Certification Riverside, CA April 29, 2010

Healing and Transformation/Multicultural Wellness Certification, Capacitar International San Francisco, CA November 18, 2008

Women, Trauma, and Substance Abuse Certification, Amity Foundation
Albuquerque, NM November 2003

Behavior Specialist/Cognitive Behavior Therapy Training/Certification, Casa Pacifica Camarillo, CA December 1997