Intro and Interests: Hello, my name is Dr. Alejandra Torrero (they/them)! As I learn about you, undoubtedly you will want to learn a little about me, too. As a child of an immigrant parent and a bi-racial parent, I was raised to appreciate and value diversity. I grew up speaking Spanish and spent most of my childhood living in Southern California and Mexico. I enjoy traveling, cooking with my partner, cross-stitching, spending time outdoors, connecting with family and friends, and practicing mindfulness through the art of Japanese Tea (chanoyu).
Therapeutic approach: My favorite part of my job is working together to discover what impacts daily living. It is important to me to devise unique and individualized treatment. I do this by asking you questions in a warm and inviting fashion, while using my training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to think through challenges you may be experiencing. My goal is to support you in developing psychological flexibility through values work, present-oriented activities, acceptance, and action plans. If it is appropriate, we may also identify and explore relationship patterns and shine a light on areas that could be worth addressing. Last, if there are issues that require more concrete and empirically supported interventions, we will use cognitive and behavioral approaches to stabilize daily living.
Training and Background: I completed my doctorate (PsyD) at CSPP, Alliant International University, San Diego, with an emphasis in Multiculturalism (2021). I conducted my pre-doctoral internship at Montana State University, Bozeman, Counseling Center, in Montana (2022), and my post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles, at the Counseling and Psychological Service center (2023). I very much enjoy working with the college-aged population, as this is a time in their lives when significant growth and discovery happens. My time working in counseling centers has helped me build a niche in working with LGBQ+ and TNG+ students as well as ethnically/racially diverse student bodies. I am passionate about working with clients who are seeking support with interpersonal/relationship work, identity exploration, gender dysphoria, disordered eating including body dysmorphia, sleep disorders, as well as ADHD and anxiety disorders. I also have training working with those recovering from substance use, older adults, and community crisis support and outreach. I provide individual therapy as well as psychological assessments for adults (18+).