Slow down and take a mindful breath

At times we forget to slow down and let the hastiness of the world distract us. I like to focus on bringing us back to the present moment and seeing what we can work on together to navigate challenges and barriers.
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Be present, Be mindful, Become

When we as humans experience stressors, traumas and challenges, it is not uncommon for our lives to unravel in different ways. If you have ever found it difficult to navigate barriers in your life and experience anxiety and depression as a result, let’s talk. Together we can work on strategies and skills that will allow you to problem solve those barriers and address the root causes of them so you can begin to work towards a life you want. I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2018 and have worked with older adults who experience chronic and serious mental illnesses since 2012. I identify as a Cisgender female and am sex and body positive and support relationships in all their forms. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Human Sexuality from California State Northridge and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University San Bernardino. I am trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Maslow's, Strengths Based and Solution Focused therapeutic modalities and am EMDR certified. I'm a mother, a wife, spiritual, feminist and a first generation American born Filipino. All of these elements will be reflected in my work and approach to our journey together. I work to create a non-judgmental, honest, steady and kind space for us to explore your life together. I believe it is my job to follow your lead in regards to timing, subject matter and intensity. I welcome everyone, despite gender, age, ethnicity, religion or sexual preference. I also utilize mindfulness techniques to help individuals learn to be in the present moment and to acknowledge and accept their vulnerabilities and emotional experiences. I aim to have open and honest relationships with my clients along with being consistent, authentic and compassionate. My ultimate goal for healing your most authentic self is to allow you to experience being grounded in love and compassion for yourself. Being willing to be vulnerable, to face our insecurities and to acknowledge our feelings is one of the most courageous things we can do and will only bring you closer to living a full and healthy life. Resources: Websites/Important Numbers: National Mental Health crisis hotline 24/7 - 988 SAMHSA National Hotline 800-662-4357 National Sexual Assault Hotline 24/7 – 800-656-HOPE Essential Community Services – 211 National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 – 800-799-7233 The Trevor Project – 866-488-7386 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Al Anon - Alcoholics Anonymous - California Department of Aging - Medi-cal information - RAINN – Domestic Violence – Unemployment – Food Banks/Food Pantries – CalFresh – can also call 1-877-847-3663 Local Resources - California Department of Social Services - The Trevor Project - LGBTQ+ Homelessness Assistance - Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - or call 866-675-6623 Bibliotherapy: Trauma: The Body Keeps Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk What Happened to You? By Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey It Didn’t Start with You by Mark Wolynn Getting Past your Past by Francine Shapiro, PhD What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma by Stephanie Foo Complex PTSD: From. Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma by Pete Walker, LMFT Depression/Anxiety: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself – Self Compassion by Kristin Neff, PhD. The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns, M.D. First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andre Solomon Mindfulness: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson The Mindful Self Compassion Workbook by Christopher Germer & Dr. Kristin Neff Real World Mindfulness for Beginners by Brenda Salgado The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast Paced World. By Haemin Sunim The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh Shame Resilience/Vulnerability: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown I thought It was Just Me (But it isn’t) by Brene Brown Dare to Lead by Brene Brown Rising Strong by Brene Brown You Are Your Best Thing by Tarana Burke and Brene Brown
Monique Manriquez
Licensed Clinical Social Worker


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • EMDR
  • Anger Management
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Burnout
  • College Mental Health
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Coping Skills
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family Conflict
  • Fears/Phobias
  • Grief
  • Mindfulness
  • Mood Disorders
  • Panic Disorders
  • Personality Disorder
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse


  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Family/Marital Therapy
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Social Work
  • Trauma Focused

Insurance Accepted

  • Inland Empire Health Plan
  • Optum
  • United Healthcare
  • Prime Healthcare
  • Out of Network
  • Out of Pocket
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Molina
  • Aetna
  • Blue Shield


  • Intake/Assessment: $200
  • 45 Min. Session: $145
  • 60 Min. Session: $175
  • EMDR Focused: $200
  • 20 mins Consultation: $0


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