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Rene Mendoza

AMFT # 119653

Rene Mendoza uses an integrative approach to treatment that incorporates her clients’ spiritual practices alongside evidence-based practices such as Solution-Focused Therapy, ACT, CBT and DBT. Rene works collaboratively with clients to ensure that their treatment aligns with their perspective on life. Rene’s therapeutic perspective includes mindfulness work, strengths-based practices, family systems, expressive work, and depth psychotherapy. She has a passion for deep psychological and spiritual exploration and believes that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a soul wound. Rene feels that therapy is both an art and a science, and that it takes a marriage of evidence-based practices and deep soul work to process and heal trauma.

Rene has worked with individuals, couples (including LGBTQIA and ENM), families, children, and active duty service members and veterans. The issues she has treated include marital and relationship issues, parenting, trauma, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, major life transitions, self-esteem, coping skills, and gender and sexual identity. Rene is trained in Gottman Level 1 and helps couples understand the Sound Relationship House Theory, how to create and build love maps, the Four Horsemen of the Relationship Apocalypse and their antidotes, how to repair after conflict, healing from infidelity, improving communication, and much more! Rene is also trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help children and adolescents cope with traumatic events and heal from problematic child and adolescent sexual behavior.

Rene is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and received her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy in April 2020 from Northcentral University in La Jolla, California. Rene received her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from California Lutheran University in 2014. She has studied many different religions in depth, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism which deepens treatment with clients who wish to incorporate their spiritual practices and beliefs into their treatment.


Rene Mendoza MA AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #119653
(805) 804-5429

Supervisor Amy Gandin LMFT #40831

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