LUIS RESENDEZ LMFT
CEO and Founder of Vida Emotional Wellness
My name is Luis Resendez and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, adjunct professor, and author. I was born in San Bernardino and have lived in the Inland Empire most of my life. I attended high school in San Bernardino, and graduated from both San Bernardino Valley College and Cal State San Bernardino (B.A., Criminal Justice). I began my mental health career as a residential counselor at a boy’s home in the eastern San Gabriel Valley in 2004. A year later I took a position as an in home behavior specialist for an agency based in Los Angeles County. I entered a Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program at Pacific Oaks College in 2006. During my course of study, I began a yearlong graduate student internship at a community based mental health clinic in Covina, providing therapy services to children, adults, and groups. After obtaining my Master’s degree in 2010, a began full time work as a community based therapist for an intensive outpatient (Full Service Partnership) program in the Highland Park region of Los Angeles. In 2012 I returned to the eastern San Gabriel Valley to start a gardening based group therapy program for a public mental health agency in Pomona. In 2015 I passed the California state licensing exam and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
My Mission - Throughout my more than twelve years as a mental health service provider, I have been exposed firsthand to many facets of distress among adults, children, and families. Everyday life in our professional and personal lives brings about stress that is often difficult to manage or cope with. This stress can affect a person’s ability to perform at work, maintain his/her studies, or impair interaction with family and friends. Because of the stigma surrounding therapy and mental health related work, many individuals do not seek any type of counseling services, but are still left to suffer with stress that at times can seem insurmountable. My approach with clients involves being warm, honest, supportive, and genuine. I feel taking a lighthearted approach allows a client to feel more comfortable in therapy and subsequently being able to share the concerns that brought him/her here in the first place.
Healing is a journey, not a destination. I look forward to walking side by side with you as you take these steps towards living a more peaceful and fulfilling life.
Manage And Adapting Practice (Child Behavior Modification)
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
EMDR Trained by The Center of Creative Mindfulness
Board of Behavioral Sciences Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT #86942
What About Dad?: Understanding and Addressing Postpartum Depression In Men (2023), Amazon Books
Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Adjunct Professor - Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena CA