Therefore, she understands the challenges of raising a family abroad.

Cecilia was born and raised in South America.

She experienced the obstacles of the US immigration process firsthand. Therefore, she takes special interest in working with those negatively impacted by immigration issues. She understands and works with the emotional challenges faced by those traumatized due to racial discrimination and she assists individuals and families seeking permanent residence in the U.S. She conducts immigration evaluations and participates in immigration hearings as an expert witness in matters of deportation, asylum, and US permanent residence petitions.

In collaboration with Advance Education Institute (AEI)

Cecilia is offering you Basic EMDR Training & EMDR Refresher Course. Cecilia Penailillo has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Southern California since 2011. She is also an EMDR International Association EMDR Certified Therapist and an Approved Consultant.

Cecilia keeps a successful private practice mainly focusing on the treatment of Depression, Anxiety Disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her special interests are the promotion and support of those who wish to connect with inner strength, determination, and hope, since she is a firm believer that these can lead to life balance, healing, and growth.

Cecilia has a background in teaching.

This has helped her create a supportive and comfortable space when delivering her clinical knowledge and expertise to others. She uses her education experience when presenting in settings such as clinical group consultations or when co-facilitating EMDRIA approved basic trainings with DaLene Forester, Ph.D., of Advance Education Institute, Dean Jones; LCSW., of Mosaic Training Institute, and with Diane Desplantes; LCSW with S.U.R.G.E. inc.

Active Member of EMDR

Cecilia is an active member of EMDR International Association having participated in the 2021 International Conference where she presented alongside a professional panel about Immigration based trauma and its clinical considerations. She is also a member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

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Cecilia’s commitment to the practice of EMDR Therapy has been acknowledged professionally. She has a published chapter in the book- -Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy. Innovative Strategies and Protocols, Second Edition. Mark Nickerson LICSW, Editor, Springer Publishing Company. Her Chapter focuses on Immigration Trauma and clinical relevant areas to pay attention to.

Cecilia’s commitment to the practice of EMDR Therapy has been acknowledged professionally. She has a published chapter in the book- -Cultural Competence and Healing Culturally Based Trauma with EMDR Therapy. Innovative Strategies and Protocols, Second Edition. Mark Nickerson LICSW, Editor, Springer Publishing Company. Her Chapter focuses on Immigration Trauma and clinical relevant areas to pay attention to.

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