​​​​​​​​​​​​​Luis Cornejo, M.S, LMFT (Founder & Editor-in-Chief)

Luis is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who graduated from Long Beach State University with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology (2015). He also has a Bachelors degree in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis in Public Policy from San Francisco State University (2011). Luis has over 9 years of experience working with children and families both in education and mental health. Currently, he works for a non-profit agency in San Francisco, CA providing mental health consultation in early head start programs and SFUSD pre-schools.

His therapeutic interests include working with Trauma, the LGBTQ community, Children, Families, Couples, and POC. His personal interests include; Films, Reading, Writing, Art, Travelling, Disney, and Food. He is also a recipient of the California State Stipend award (2015). PsychoSocial is part of Luis' dedication to mental health and an example of his passion to educate others. Luis hopes that through PsychoSocial he will be able to help in the fight to end the stigma around mental illness.


Katherine Dominguez, ACSW (Co-Founder)

Katherine is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University. She received her Master's degree in Social Work. She is also a graduate of Fresno State University where she studied Child and Adolescent Development in 2011 and obtained her Bachelor's degree. Katherine has gained experience training at a non-profit that provides support for those struggling with substance abuse issues in San Francisco, CA. She has also trained at the homeless pre-natal in San Francisco, where she provided support for women dealing with mental health issues.

Her professional passions include working with women, children, parents, and individuals dealing with substance abuse issues. Her personal interests include; photography, traveling, and spending time outdoors. This summer Katherine will be attending a photography internship in South Africa. There she will be taking photographs that will be used to raise money to continue maintaining and supporting wildlife. Katherine is the co-founder of PsychoSocial and also contributes to the site with posts focusing on mental health, families, children, photography, and travel.


Julia Stanislav, B.A (Outreach & Engagement Manager)

Julia is a recent graduate of Saint Mary’s College where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Classics and Philosophy. She worked at her college’s Center for Women and Gender Equity as the Event Coordinator and Gender Justice Leader, partnered with the YMCA Teen Center in Berkeley to create and found a program for female minority first-generation college students, and is currently an Intake Counselor at Eviction Defense Collaborative in San Francisco in addition to her role as PsychoSocial's Outreach and Engagement Manager.

Her professional passions include working with underrepresented communities, using holistic and integrative approaches to address the health of the whole person, and exploring restorative justice. She plans to attend graduate school within the next year to earn her MSW with the goal of eventually becoming an LCSW. Her personal interests include film photography, hiking, traveling, reading, and meditation. Julia will be managing outreach and engagement for PsychoSocial as well as working to organize content. If you would like to inquire about PsychoSocial or book us please email me at [email protected]

Liz Hinojosa, AMFT (Creative Content Manager)

Liz is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy (2012). Liz has experience working with survivors of domestic violence and has volunteered for SF WAR (San Francisco Women Against Rape). Currently, she is working for a non-profit in San Francisco as a mental health consultant providing services to head start and SFUSD pre-schools. Liz is passionate about POC and immigrant equality; suicide prevention, especially amongst indigenous youth; creating dialogue and awareness about femicides.

Her personal commitments are, building relationships with our plant allies, radical self-love as a method of decolonization, Mexica (Aztec) dancing/ceremony and supporting the repopulation of the Monarch butterflies. She is redreaming, recreating, and reinventing herself; exploring enlightenment through darkness via Tezcatlipoca, and the ancient Mexica dream rituals Liz will be taking on the role of media content strategist for PsychoSocial. She will be focused on improving and organizing our content such as blog submissions, video interviews, and providing her creative input. 

Daniel Nieves, AMFT (Media Editor & Contributor)​​

Daniel, a native Puerto Rican, is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist who graduated from John F. Kennedy University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Integral Psychotherapy (2015). He also possesses a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan (2003) and a Masters in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (2006). Daniel has been working with multicultural populations for over 10 years focusing on children, Latino families, and the LGBTQ communities.

He is currently working in a nonprofit organization in San Francisco as a mental health specialist providing consultation to pre-schools and SFUSD systems. He has experience working with a diverse cultural population in private practice providing integrally sensitive psychotherapy. In addition, Daniel is passionate about bringing awareness around male vulnerability and accountability within a group of soulful and caring men unafraid of connection called Urban Healers. Combining the ancestral legacy of diverse cultural practices of healing, music, and dance. Daniel is deeply committed to foster a sense of interconnectivity and social advocacy around mental health values in the Bay Area.

       You can find out more about Daniel at the following links:




Dr. Shainna Ali (Guest Blogger)

Dr. Shainna Ali is a mental health clinician, educator, and advocate who is dedicated to highlighting the important role of mental health in fostering happiness, fulfillment, and overall wellness. She is the owner of Integrated Counseling Solutions, a counseling and consulting practice in Central Florida. In her practice, she uses a strengths-based, creative approach that empowers clients on their journey. Her areas of interest include exploring identity and culture, emotional intelligence, & creativity methods in counseling. Dr. Ali teaches counseling courses to students at the University of Central Florida and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Beyond instructing, Dr. Ali promotes mental health awareness in her blog, Modern Mentality, and also in her regular contributions to the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the American Counseling Association. She is a firm believer in the importance of self-care, and in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her German Shepherd, practicing yoga, exercising, learning new lessons, and traveling the globe.

​      You can find out more about Dr. Ali at the following links:



Alejandra Alvarez, AMFT (Guest Blogger)

Alejandra is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor (AMF #105469, APC# 4917). She graduated from Brandman University with a Masters in Psychology; she also holds a Bachelors in Psychology and Criminal Justice from California State University, San Bernardino. Currently, she works for a non-profit organization that provides mental health services to schools in southern California. In addition, she also works for a private practice where she specializes in working with children, youth, and families suffering from a variety of issues such as academic performance, learning disabilities, depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and grief.

Alejandra is passionate about creating a platform where individuals can be connected with quality mental health services and resources. Alejandra was raised in Mexico City and comes from a family of Argentinean immigrants. In her work, she strives to highlight the intersection between culture and mental health perceptions. Her personal interests include cooking, spending time with her family, going to Disneyland, and collecting vintage pieces. She also enjoys reading; some of her favorite books include Love’s Executioner by Irving D. Yalom, The Lucifer Effect by Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Sherlock Holmes, Mating in Captivity by Ester Perel, and The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani.

​​​​​​​​​​​Cristal Martinez Acosta, LPC, NCC (Guest Blogger)

Cristal Martinez Acosta has been working as a therapist within the border community of El Paso, Texas since 2011. Cristal is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She graduated with honors from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. Then she attended New Mexico State University (CACREP accredited), where she received a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with a 4.0 GPA. She has experience working with youth and adults who have been affected by traumatic events. Her areas of interest are childhood abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, high-risk youth, depression, Reality Therapy, and immigration issues. She is certified in both Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and trained in EMDR. She has training in LPC Supervision and will be accepting intern applications for Texas LPC-Interns in 2019.

You Can Find Out More About Cristal at the Following Links:

Alyssia Cruz, ASW (Guest Blogger)

Alyssia Cruz, aka Therapist Aly, is a mental health therapist and social worker based in the north bay area. She has had diverse experiences including being in the military, providing specialized counseling and working with school-aged children. She received her Master's of Social Welfare from UC Berkeley with a concentration in Community Mental Health. Therapist Aly is focused on serving the most underrepresented people in her community; which includes POC, uninsured and low-income individuals.

Therapist Aly is dedicated to reducing the stigma of mental health through her professional work and her blog entitled Mental Health Deconstructed with Therapist Aly. Where she discussed various mental health issues with a down to earth feel. Other professional passions include working with trauma survivors, couple's therapy and helping others to cultivate self-love.

Monica Jauregui, ACSW (Guest Blogger)

 Monica Jauregui is an associate clinical social worker. She was born and raised in the Coachella Valley, however, she now lives in the San Bernardino area. Monica graduated in 2016 with a Master's in Social Work from the University of Redlands and got her Bachelor's of Arts degree, with a double major in Race and Ethnic Studies and Spanish. She has a passion for social justice and strives to bring awareness to social issues that affect the Latinx community, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. Monica has experience working with survivors of domestic violence and survivors of trauma. Most of her work and most recent experience has been with severely and chronically mentally ill children. She has worked with incarcerated youth for a little over two years and continues to work with adolescents in a high school setting. Of all her roles, Monica's favorite title is Tia/Auntie. She loves spending time with her pit bull Bella and loves art, museums, plays, dance, and poetry. Her absolute favorite comfort food is her Nana's mole.

Karen Vejar, MFT Grad Student (Guest Blogger)

 Karen Vejar is a graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Chapman University. She received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish from the University of California, Irvine. Karen is a first generation Latina, dedicated to collaborating with other underrepresented individuals that wish to make an impact in the arena of mental health. Her intention as a future therapist is to promote healthy relationships that nourish and cultivate healing for individuals and couples. You can also contact Karen at the following email: [email protected]

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