Lidia Garcia, MSW

Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW 100207) Supervised by Monica Valdivia Aguilar, MA (LMFT 41352)

“Don’t build a wall around your own suffering, it may devour you from the inside.” ~ Frida Kahlo

I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker providing individual psychotherapy to adolescents and adults navigating life. I provide an accessible, supportive, safe, and non-judgmental environment for clients to explore, understand, and resolve issues. As a Latinx therapist and athlete, I am enthusiastic about providing a space for equity, diversity, inclusion, and longevity in athletic, academic, and mental health spaces.

My style is interactive, warm, strength based, and purposeful. Our work together will feel like an ongoing conversation with thought-provoking questions and unbiased feedback to help you gain greater self-understanding. I take an ecological perspective and do not believe in a “one-size-fits-all” model of therapy. Together we will identify and implement the skills and resources that work to reach your individual goals.

The benefits of individual psychotherapy include but are not limited to better adaptation to new challenges or transitions, healing from past experiences, greater insight, and perspective about oneself, family dynamics and social constructs, stress reduction, coping skills, and establishment of more meaningful & trusting relationships.

Clinical Focus:

I provide support with skill in boundary setting, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, sports psychology, and high stakes performance. I utilize guided imagery, mindfulness techniques, and body awareness to enhance clarity of mind and provide strategies to relieve stress and anxieties.

My background as a competitive middle-distance Track & Field athlete has made me particularly interested in the relationship between our minds and bodies. I genuinely enjoy sharing the wealth of knowledge and skills I have learned from coaches, trainers, and other experts to help individuals optimize their health and fitness goals for the longevity of sport and healthy, active lifestyles.

Previous Experience:

I have worked in various clinical settings including community mental health supporting adolescents and families in navigation of behavioral and emotional challenges. I also have experience as a mindfulness coach and hypnotherapist supporting adults in navigating personal healing and life transitions.


  • Columbia University, New York City | Master of Science in Social Work
  • University of California, Riverside | Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • HMI College of Hypnotherapy, Tarzana, CA | Clinical Hypnotherapy Certificate



  • Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA)
  • LACPA Sport Psychology Special Interest Group
  • The Embody Lab
  • Columbia University Alumni Network
  • lululemon Los Angeles City Ambassador – Running and Mental Health Advocate
  • ELLA Sports Foundation


Unsure if we are the right fit?

I am happy to provide a complimentary 15-min call to explore your needs and answer any questions you may have about the therapy process or my practice. If we are not the best fit, I will be happy to provide you with referrals to get you the right therapeutic match.

My services are available virtual or in-person to meet your personal scheduling needs.