Monica Borunda, LMFT
California State University, Los Angeles
Monica Borunda, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who believes in the power of connection with children, adolescents and their families to work toward change, healing and thriving.
Monica started integrating knowledge of the brain into her clinical practice and her parenting approach almost as soon as she became a parent herself. She knew instinctually something that is now backed by research, that the experiences we share with our children as we raise them are vitally important. She discovered that the goal is not to be a perfect parent (whatever that means!), but to develop relationships with our kids that are built on connection, safety and love and help them navigate all the stages, feelings, and challenges they encounter throughout childhood.
Developing a supportive, non-judgmental, and empathic relationship, children are able to work out their big feelings and learn ways to deal with them more effectively. When children gain self-awareness and have more flexible thinking, they are more likely to make good decisions, and will also be more receptive to learning at school through closer connections with family and friends.
Monica has a passion for working with children and their parents to help them realize the powerful effect that loving attachment can have on both of them alike. In the process, she is also helping them discover how the developing mind and brain work, and how to apply this new-found understanding and perspective of them to implement shifts in behavior.
Monica is a bilingual child and family therapist who offers a wealth of experience as a parenting consultant and educator. She has spent many years helping parents make sense of their children’s needs, respond more effectively to behavior, and she is able to work with parents in both English and Spanish.
Monica received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Los Angeles. She has a wide variety of professional expertise in community settings, outpatient treatment, parenting education, family preservation, infant mental health, and forensic interviewing.
Monica is also an adjunct graduate professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at California State University, Los Angeles and she has been educating, supervising, and preparing new clinicians for future practice for the last decade.
As an avid reader and life-long learner, Monica is continually expanding her knowledge base and is enjoying a new phase of training in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Therapy, a form of support that helps release trauma, facilitates healing and recovery to full healthy functioning.
In her free time, Monica enjoys hiking, trying out new recipes, traveling, connecting with friends, dancing, and being in nature with her husband and their young daughter.