A Latina/e/x
Trauma-Informed &

Culturally-Affirmative Practice

Latina/e/x Trauma-Informed and Culturally-Affirmative Practice. Prickly Pear Therapy & Training, led by Drs. Serrata and Hurtado, is a bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural mental health practice located in Austin, Texas. The practice provides interventions that are understanding of the experiences of trauma and multicultural identities. Their clinicians are experts in Latinx mental health and leading professionals in culturally grounded care. They work to facilitate healing from painful emotions through a collaborative approach centered in empowerment and hope.

MEET THE TEAM

Co-Founder Director of Operation & Financials Licensed Psychologist

   Email Josephine

Josephine Vasquez Serrata is a Licensed Psychologist and Co-Founder of Prickly Pear. She also acts as Director of Operations & Financials for the facility. She shares sincerely, “I want to be here for you. I know the difficulty in choosing someone to trust to collaboratively guide you through difficult times. In order to better help you make your decision, I am a clinical and community psychologist, which means I have dual roles as a psychologist that I integrate within my practice. As a clinical psychologist, I employ skills of understanding difficulties and ways to intervene. On the other hand, as a community psychologist, I am able to better merge my understanding of self-empowerment, cultural/contextual knowledge, and strength-based work into the healing process.” Serrata brings with her multiple identities of her own as a professional, mother, partner, Tia (aunt), sister, daughter, and community member. As a bi-cultural and bilingual Latina, she also provides assessments and evaluations and specializes in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and identities. With over a decade of work in the area of trauma with survivors and as a scientific contributor, she values therapeutic relationships and strives to create a compassionate and warm holding space to actively work with her clients in finding solutions and building insight. Dr. Serrata is not currently taking new therapy clients.

Co-Founder
Director of Clinical Services & Networking
Licensed Psychologist

   Email Gabriela

Licensed Psychologist, Co-Founder of Prickly Pear, and Director of Clinical Services and Networking, Gabriela Hurtado Alvarado specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, and suicidality. She shares, “When we experience intense emotions that result from life stress, transitions, or past experiences, it can be difficult to find or feel hope. You don’t have to do this alone though. I work alongside my clients in order to re-connect them to their strengths and to build a strong positive relationship with themselves.” Dr. Hurtado believes that the journey to healing is a unique experience for each person who experiences it and that understanding the story of her clients and how they view the world around them is vital to her ability to treat them. “I work with my clients to create a safe space where they can better express and understand themselves in order to create a fulfilling life.” Dr. Hurtado is able to provide services in English and Spanish and is committed to providing treatments and assessments to individuals with diverse identities. Dr. Hurtado is not currently taking any new clients.

 

Clinical Therapist

  Email Janeth

Janeth Perez-Dominguez, LCSW is a Clinical Therapist offering individual and group therapy to clients with diverse identities and abilities. Janeth knows seeking therapy is a vulnerable process, she shares that it may be particularly so for “clients who may not have had the experience of being seen and accepted for their whole selves.” She strives to hold a safe, culturally affirming space for clients of marginalized identities. She is a strong believer in the power of connection for healing and brings a warm, empathetic approach to her work with clients. Her experience as a bilingual/bicultural Mexican immigrant (and long-time Tejana!) informs her perspective. Janeth’s areas of expertise include PTSD, complex trauma, depression, anxiety, family of origin issues, grief, loss, and disability.

Clinical Therapist

  Email Hanna

Hanna is a bilingual/bicultural Latina therapist who was drawn to this field due to a deep desire to aid in the healing of others. She is currently offering individual and group therapy to clients with varying cultural backgrounds and intersecting identities. The decision to begin therapy can be a scary one. Therapy can be a challenging and rewarding process, full of ups and downs. Healing is not linear and she has come to find there is a lifelong commitment to playing in active role in that healing. By seeking support through talk therapy, you can learn to build upon skills that can strengthen your capacity for navigating challenges with more ease. In her therapy practice, Hanna is committed to cultivating a safe space through a trauma-informed and culturally-competent approach. She firmly believes that you are the expert of your life story and she is there to facilitate in the untangling of those complicated situations/dynamics. Hanna is a strong proponent of introducing a spiritual component to her practice as she believes it can aid in breaking generational cycles and patterns.

Co-Founder
Director of Operation & Financials
Licensed Psychologist

   Email Josephine

Josephine Vasquez Serrata is a Licensed Psychologist and Co-Founder of Prickly Pear. She also acts as Director of Operations & Financials for the facility. She shares sincerely, “I want to be here for you. I know the difficulty in choosing someone to trust to collaboratively guide you through difficult times. In order to better help you make your decision, I am a clinical and community psychologist, which means I have dual roles as a psychologist that I integrate within my practice. As a clinical psychologist, I employ skills of understanding difficulties and ways to intervene. On the other hand, as a community psychologist, I am able to better merge my understanding of self-empowerment, cultural/contextual knowledge, and strength-based work into the healing process.” Serrata brings with her multiple identities of her own as a professional, mother, partner, Tia (aunt), sister, daughter, and community member. As a bi-cultural and bilingual Latina, she also provides assessments and evaluations and specializes in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and identities. With over a decade of work in the area of trauma with survivors and as a scientific contributor, she values therapeutic relationships and strives to create a compassionate and warm holding space to actively work with her clients in finding solutions and building insight. Dr. Serrata is not currently taking new therapy clients.

Co-Founder
Director of Clinical Services & Networking
Licensed Psychologist

   Email Gabriela

Licensed Psychologist, Co-Founder of Prickly Pear, and Director of Clinical Services and Networking, Gabriela Hurtado Alvarado specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, and suicidality. She shares, “When we experience intense emotions that result from life stress, transitions, or past experiences, it can be difficult to find or feel hope. You don’t have to do this alone though. I work alongside my clients in order to re-connect them to their strengths and to build a strong positive relationship with themselves.” Dr. Hurtado believes that the journey to healing is a unique experience for each person who experiences it and that understanding the story of her clients and how they view the world around them is vital to her ability to treat them. “I work with my clients to create a safe space where they can better express and understand themselves in order to create a fulfilling life.” Dr. Hurtado is able to provide services in English and Spanish and is committed to providing treatments and assessments to individuals with diverse identities. Dr. Hurtado is not currently taking any new clients.

 

Clinical Therapist

  Email Janeth

Janeth Perez-Dominguez, LCSW is a Clinical Therapist offering individual and group therapy to clients with diverse identities and abilities. Janeth knows seeking therapy is a vulnerable process, she shares that it may be particularly so for “clients who may not have had the experience of being seen and accepted for their whole selves.” She strives to hold a safe, culturally affirming space for clients of marginalized identities. She is a strong believer in the power of connection for healing and brings a warm, empathetic approach to her work with clients. Her experience as a bilingual/bicultural Mexican immigrant (and long-time Tejana!) informs her perspective. Janeth’s areas of expertise include PTSD, complex trauma, depression, anxiety, family of origin issues, grief, loss, and disability.

Clinical Therapist

  Email Hanna

Hanna is a bilingual/bicultural Latina therapist who was drawn to this field due to a deep desire to aid in the healing of others. She is currently offering individual and group therapy to clients with varying cultural backgrounds and intersecting identities. The decision to begin therapy can be a scary one. Therapy can be a challenging and rewarding process, full of ups and downs. Healing is not linear and she has come to find there is a lifelong commitment to playing in active role in that healing. By seeking support through talk therapy, you can learn to build upon skills that can strengthen your capacity for navigating challenges with more ease. In her therapy practice, Hanna is committed to cultivating a safe space through a trauma-informed and culturally-competent approach. She firmly believes that you are the expert of your life story and she is there to facilitate in the untangling of those complicated situations/dynamics. Hanna is a strong proponent of introducing a spiritual component to her practice as she believes it can aid in breaking generational cycles and patterns.

Clinical Therapist

  Email Sonia

Sonia is a bilingual/bicultural Mexican immigrant and Austin-based psychotherapist. The best part of her workday is listening to peoples’ life stories! Sonia feels incredibly lucky to be in a profession where she gets to know peoples’ lives, fears, hardships, etc. As a therapist, it is Sonia's responsibility to provide a safe space free of judgement. Sonia works hard to continue her own growth as an individual and as a therapist in order to provide her patients with the best care. For the past eight years, before she joining Prickly Pear Therapy, Sonia worked in various mental health settings. This includes a residential treatment facility, child advocacy center, juvenile justice center and a school setting. She likes using an integrative approach to therapy to create the best care for her clients. Outside of her work life she makes it a point to engage in some “me time”.  She is currently learning Arabic and enjoys dancing.

 

Clinical Intake Coordinator

    Email Rasley

Rasley Easley is a Clinical Intake Coordinator and joined Prickly Pear Therapy in 2018. Easley works alongside Drs. Serrata and Hurtado to provide all client services, screenings, intakes, and other administrative tasks. Easley shares, “I value the human need for connection and fostering an environment that promotes safety for individuals with diverse identities. I have years of experience working with psychoeducation, trauma, the importance of cultural considerations and identities, as well as low SES children and families." Rasley is currently seeing clients at her own practice, Living in Color Counseling, but continues to value working with and supporting the intake process here at Prickly Pear Therapy.

Licensed Psychotherapist
Social Media Team Member
Community Partner

   Email Danisha

Danisha is a New York & Texas Licensed Psychotherapist and Consultant in racial equity and mental health. She has experience working with individuals, couples and families who are struggling with various mental health concerns in private practice and community mental health settings. Danisha is extremely passionate about helping others through their healing, especially those in the Black and Latinx community. Her goal is to foster spaces to make for collective healing of racism and white-supremacy. As a child of Dominican & Cuban immigrants and in her clinical work, Danisha comprehends the challenges of adapting to new environments and the importance of cultural values.

Social Media Intern

   Email Karen

Karen Limón is a social media intern for Prickly Pear Therapy. She is an alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin and holds her B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences with a concentration in Family & Personal Relationships. She is also a research coordinator at UT Austin under the supervision of Dr. Aprile Benner and hopes to pursue a doctoral program to conduct research in minority mental health.

Clinical Therapist

  Email Sonia

Sonia is a bilingual/bicultural Mexican immigrant and Austin-based psychotherapist. The best part of her workday is listening to peoples’ life stories! Sonia feels incredibly lucky to be in a profession where she gets to know peoples’ lives, fears, hardships, etc. As a therapist, it is Sonia's responsibility to provide a safe space free of judgement. Sonia works hard to continue her own growth as an individual and as a therapist in order to provide her patients with the best care. For the past eight years, before she joining Prickly Pear Therapy, Sonia worked in various mental health settings. This includes a residential treatment facility, child advocacy center, juvenile justice center and a school setting. She likes using an integrative approach to therapy to create the best care for her clients. Outside of her work life she makes it a point to engage in some “me time”.  She is currently learning Arabic and enjoys dancing.

Licensed Psychotherapist
Social Media Team Member
Community Partner

   Email Danisha

Danisha is a New York & Texas Licensed Psychotherapist and Consultant in racial equity and mental health. She has experience working with individuals, couples and families who are struggling with various mental health concerns in private practice and community mental health settings. Danisha is extremely passionate about helping others through their healing, especially those in the Black and Latinx community. Her goal is to foster spaces to make for collective healing of racism and white-supremacy. As a child of Dominican & Cuban immigrants and in her clinical work, Danisha comprehends the challenges of adapting to new environments and the importance of cultural values.

 

Clinical Intake Coordinator

    Email Rasley

Rasley Easley is a Clinical Intake Coordinator and joined Prickly Pear Therapy in 2018. Easley works alongside Drs. Serrata and Hurtado to provide all client services, screenings, intakes, and other administrative tasks. Easley shares, “I value the human need for connection and fostering an environment that promotes safety for individuals with diverse identities. I have years of experience working with psychoeducation, trauma, the importance of cultural considerations and identities, as well as low SES children and families." Rasley is currently seeing clients at her own practice, Living in Color Counseling, but continues to value working with and supporting the intake process here at Prickly Pear Therapy.

Social Media Intern

   Email Karen

Karen Limón is a social media intern for Prickly Pear Therapy. She is an alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin and holds her B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences with a concentration in Family & Personal Relationships. She is also a research coordinator at UT Austin under the supervision of Dr. Aprile Benner and hopes to pursue a doctoral program to conduct research in minority mental health.

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