Sally Rivas Duffy, MA

Client Relations Specialist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 120985)

“Once the choice has been made to be honest, then the next step on love’s path is communication.” ~ bell hooks

What a journey – to be in your shoes and find yourself here today.

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, my goal is to help clients find healing and empowerment and to support them as they reflect on their journeys for change. I believe that clients know themselves best and want to take control of their lives. We may question ourselves and our choices, and the more outside opinions we hear, the more we may doubt ourselves. That’s why I firmly believe in supporting clients and working collaboratively towards their goals for change.

I help clients explore early attachment wounds to improve their relationships with themselves and others. I work from a Person-Centered, Attachment-Based, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy orientation. My clinical experience also includes working with multicultural populations in underserved communities of color. I incorporate mindfulness in my practice, and I believe in practicing mindfulness meditation daily to support self-care and stress reduction.

I recognize the joys and challenges that occur when becoming a new parent, and I believe that everyone’s perinatal and postpartum journey is different. As a member of our Maternal Mental Health team, I am honored to provide support during pregnancy and early parenthood.

I have always been fascinated by children, their development, and the way they see the world. Before earning my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, I worked in preschool settings and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. I knew I wanted to do more work with families and help intervene early with the parent and child relationship. Here at Flourish and the Institute for Girls’ Development, I’m happy to work alongside parents to help in their parenting journeys.

I also enjoy working with young adults as they transition into the new opportunities and challenges early adulthood brings, including new roles, responsibilities, relationships, and changes in family dynamics. As a first-generation Latina college graduate, one of my passions is working with first-generation students and immigrant students as they navigate those college years, bicultural stress, and more.

I understand first-hand the unique experiences women go through with societal expectations and the barriers that can come with our unique needs. As a Spanish-speaking Latina myself, I know the importance of representation and having someone who can understand how culture, race, social economic status, and environment play a role in our lives.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development with Specialization in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College. I am trained in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. I also have training in Mindfulness Meditation. All my services are available in English and/or Spanish.