As the founder of Thrive, I have the privilege of working closely with some truly amazing therapists. My Thrive Team! In the next blog series, I am going to be introducing you to them one at a time.
The next therapist I am excited to introduce you to is Molly Llamas, who is currently an associate marriage and family therapist (AMFT 122924), working with our clinical supervisor, Jennifer Gonzalez (LMFT 98444). Molly is a vibrant and deeply compassionate therapist who is gifted in her ability to connect with clients authentically while also challenging them to work on themselves in a deeper way. She has rare new client openings even in afternoons!
Who do you LOVE working with?
I am passionate about working with adolescents and young adults. I aim to create safe and affirming spaces that are inclusive of all cultures, races, genders, age, and sexual orientations.
As a bilingual Latinx therapist, I am passionate about working with the BIPOC community in supporting them through their healing journey. I am also passionate about working with individuals through different walks of life and experiences including cultural issues, imposter syndrome, first-generation stressors, life transitions, trauma, self-esteem, self-advocacy/ boundaries, identity exploration and expression, and anxiety and depression.
What should potential clients know about you and your style in therapy?
I bring my authentic self to all sessions by incorporating humor, curiosity, empathy, and culture, inviting you to bring your whole self too. My approach includes a multicultural lens that allows me to understand and honor all of my clients’ needs and stories by meeting them where they are at, while also challenging them to step out of their comfort zones through a non-judgemental approach.
What is your favorite parenting tip or recommendation?
Less is more! Oftentimes, parents may feel pulled to make decisions and choices for their children to prevent them from making mistakes or getting hurt. I love experiences where I can work with parents to normalize these worries/ concerns while also empowering them to welcome opportunities to see their children succeed and learn from their mistakes/ choices.
What advice would you like to have received when you were younger?
Be gentle with yourself.
What do you like to do in your free time?
During my free time I enjoy cuddling and spending quality time with my puppy, binge watching a good Netflix series with a bowl of chips with Tapatio, dancing, making art, and trying new restaurants around the city.
At Thrive, we take a positive, client-centered approach to therapy that is focused on creating a genuine connection with our clients. If you would like to talk with Molly Llamas, or a Thrive Therapist about yourself, your child, or teen attending therapy we offer in person and video sessions, please reach out to us by phone at 858-342-1304.
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