Position: Mental Health Career Program Participant
Jesus (they/them/elle) was born on Nahua land on the coast of Guerrero, Mexico and raised on Kumeyaay land in the U.S./Mexico Border region of San Diego, California.
Jesus is a bilingual (Spanish/English) Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) who identifies as a queer, non-binary, undocumented DACA recipient, and comes from a mixed-status family. They have an associate degree in social and behavioral sciences from San Diego Mesa College and a bachelor’s degree in Chicana/o studies with a minor in women’s studies from San Diego State University. After working as a human rights organizer for immigrant and refugee rights, Jesus received their M.S. in Counseling from SDSU’s Community Based Block (CBB) Multicultural Community Counseling and Social Justice Education Program.
Jesus’ approach to mental health counseling is informed by person centered, experiential, emotion focused, motivational interviewing and internal family systems modalities, as well as creativity, authenticity, mindfulness and spirituality. Overall, they are a passionate life-long student of healing, community organizing, plant knowledge, astrology, emotional wellness, mental health, and spirituality. In their spare time, Jesus enjoys time outdoors, and hanging out with friends, family, their spouse, and pets.