Adriana Navarro Gonzalez
Hello, I am Adriana Navarro Gonzalez! I am passionate about helping people and committed to empowering and helping you navigate the challenges life throws at you. I believe therapy is unique to each individual and as such the most important parts of therapy are getting to know the person in front of me, building connection and instilling hope. Clients coming into my office can expect a safe and supportive space for them to express their thoughts and feelings.
I enjoy working with all populations. Although, through my experience working with foster care youth and at-risk youth, I developed an interest in working with teenagers. I find this stage of life to be exciting and full of opportunity and I truly enjoy working with teenagers as they navigate the many transitions and emotions adolescence presents.
I am fluent in Spanish and can conduct therapy sessions in Spanish.
I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (A.M.F.T.) I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at California State University, Long Beach, and my Master of Science in Counseling with an option in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge.
THE “MEAN GIRL” EXPERT
Adriana Navarro Gonzalez is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Teen Therapy Center. She’s also our resident “Mean Girl” expert! In her practice Adriana helps girls turn this label around and develop healthy forms of communicating and self advocacy. But how is this label damaging to girls and what are the long term effects? And how can therapy help so called “Mean Girls” turn the name into a source of strength? Hear what Adriana has to say about it in this short video.
The label "mean girl," I think the best way to think about it is your stereotypical, bitchy girl. I think it's unfair because it creates an ideology within females that they're not good enough, that
they're not ascribing to society's idea of what it is to be ladylike, to be female, especially
when all of these things are taught to you from a very young age. What you see unfold is ideas or
issues with your self esteem, your confidence, even body image issues within your relationships,
specifically how you handle relationships, how you communicate relationships and relationships
not just romantically or platonically, but even within the professional realm where sometimes
you have to go in and advocate for yourself. And if you're that mean girl, it can be deemed as too
bold, too needy, too much so I think it can have various impacts in different areas of your life.
In therapy we work through all those issues by turning them non issues, by developing
healthy ways to communicate, to express yourself, to advocate for yourself, to have a healthier relationship with yourself so that when you step out of therapy room, you're not feeling like you're bitchy or too difficult. And instead you feel that you are empowered and assertive and bold and just capable of feeling good about yourself and having that just internal validation that helps you show up in other parts of your life.