HOLISTIC SUPERVISOR & INTEGRATIVE BUSINESS MINDSET COACH FOR HEALERS & HELPERS.
I am on a mission to help therapists, and healing arts practitioners achieve high impact in the world without burnout or losing passion for other parts of life.
We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
– Marcel Proust
As far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to help people. Being the eldest and serving as a translator for my mother, being a helper was essential. Like many immigrant families, we had close connections to family, the Spanish language, and cultural roots. I grew up in a home with parents who had committed to parenting my sister and me differently than they were. We were told the truth about many family dynamics and even transgenerational secrets. I was in college when my father died—my whole world collapsed. I felt lost and did not know what to do with the devastating impact of my father’s unexpected loss. Amidst the chaos and depth of grief, I stumbled across a psychology class. There, I began understanding what was happening with my family and me. I was hooked.
Like many young, just-graduated therapists, I began to work at a nonprofit/community mental health. And like many therapists that have followed this same path, I received zero good supervision and mentoring. Supervision was about how to increase productivity for funding sources. It also did not help that there was a high supervisor turnover and that each one was more abusive than the previous one. The two years I worked at a treatment facility for sexually abused teen girls inspired me, and I began to work with sexual trauma. My frustration began when I was directed not to talk about positive sexuality with them—just their trauma—because that’s what funding dictated.
I once caught an episode of Oprah that shook my world. She was interviewing a woman that spoke about sex in a way that made every part of me come alive. This woman was talking about the connection between sex and spirituality–-that sex was not about the act but transcendence. I ran to the bookstore and got her book. Fast forward years later, as I lay in bed recovering from pneumonia, I could feel my soul gasping for air. I loved helping people; I especially loved working with sex and sexual issues—I suddenly remembered that episode and quickly began looking for her. My conversation with Gina Ogden changed my life—personally and professionally forever.
To be mentored by Gina Ogden healed me from years of abusive and poor supervision and began the quest of how to serve others in more profound ways that truly aligned with me. She taught me about feminist psychology in experiential form. She reminded me of my creativity and how I could use that in sessions with clients and groups. I learned from her the importance of being nurtured, mentored, and loved by s supervisor.
My time with Gina also served as a reminder of my ancestral roots. I will never forget the moment when she poured Agua Florida (Florida Water) over the medicine wheel. It instantly transposed me to my grandmother using it on me as a child. My time with Gina inspired me to reconnect to my family’s rituals that were connected to our indigenous roots.
Becoming an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist was both a beautiful and arduous journey. I truly believe that as a sex therapist, I can bring light to many dark places. Being a Latina and bilingual sex therapist meant I could help more people. Above all, the journey helped me re-member myself—the many that had gotten lost with productivity talks, abusive supervisors, and following rules that did not make sense.
Gina began the conversation about women’s sexual empowerment, bringing sacredness to sexuality, and was the creator of the 4-D Wheel and the 4-D network. I am a certified practitioner and an active member of the network.
After two Master’s and several certifications, including the AASECT Sex Therapy Certification (the effort of a third master!), a new level of learning and growth arrived—how to create a financially successful practice?
No one taught me how to run a business as an intern or even as a young clinician. All these years later, I still recall being both proud and frozen when my first client in private practice handed me a check. I made a million mistakes and lost thousands of dollars trying to figure things out. I was getting ready to close my practice less than a year after I opened. Then I got a business coach.
As associates and young clinicians, we are lucky if we have a supervisor that supports our learning of therapeutic skills, teaches us proper diagnosing, and helps us discover who we are as a clinician. Most of us start our careers in community mental health, where we can earn licensing hours with little to no real supervision (talks on productivity don’t count) and no teaching on how to run a business much less a successful one.
Working with various coaches, I learned about business mindset and dreaming boldly, how to use my integrative and holistic therapeutic approaches in business, and spiritual practices I had learned along the way. I figured out the business model and structure I needed to support and expand my dreams without burning out or neglecting time with family and loved ones.
In 2018, life offered me new opportunities after the passing of my mentor, Gina Ogden. New quests began: How to bring more BIPOC folks into the world of sex therapy and how to help more therapists become successful therapy therapreneurs?
I became an AASECT Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor. Seeing the need for innovative and culturally-sensitive sex therapy, I founded the Center for Relationship & Intimacy WellBeing, which serves individuals and couples throughout California and soon across the country. In Spring 2023, my team and I will open a second group practice, Integrative Holistic Online Therapy, focused on spiritual practices and therapy. Fall 2023 will bring another way to serve clinicians and helpers. Retreats and workshops help therapists earn CEUs while learning powerful ways to revitalize the soul of the healer while learning the business and mindset tools to support their dreams.
I also am fortunate to support therapists as a business coach & consultant in creating the private practice of their dreams, including group practices. It is a blessing to see others dream big!
I also help high-profile entrepreneurs/professionals, therapists, and other healing arts practitioners learn to manage leadership stresses and improve relationships at work and in their personal lives. One of my greatest joys is serving the Latinx and Spanish–speaking communities. My goal is to help break down taboos and misinformation and transform rigid male–female sexuality stereotypes. I have done this through segments on Telemundo, Univision, and radio.
What I Bring
Jacqueline guides her clients through body movement, heart-centered techniques, psychology, and spirituality to align body-heart-mind-spirit.
In all her endeavors, her sweet spot is the intersection of sexuality, sensuality, and spirituality. She is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (California), an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor, and Transformational Life & Business Coach. She is also a Practitioner of the 4-D Medicine Wheel. She is the owner of a group practice expanding nationwide. She graduated from Pepperdine University with her B.A. and M.A. She earned a second Masters in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She has also studied for many years and has completed teacher’s training under Michaela Boehm, a lineage holder in Kashmir Shaivism Tantra.
Through her years in service, Jacqueline has integrated the Four-Dimensional Wheel approach with Body-Focused, Movement, Spiritual Psychology, Tantra, Mind-Body connection, Sexual Yoga techniques, Sex Therapy, Nonlinear Movement Method, and Shamanic practices to serve her clients and those she mentors.
She has supported entrepreneurs, and therapreneurs create successful solo and group practices. She uses her decades of clinical work to support clinicians in learning and practicing innovative & integrative skills while developing their own unique manner of serving their clients. She also leads holistic coaching programs for individuals and couples
Jacqueline uses embodiment techniques and the concept of the Person of the Therapist as tools that serve as a guide for building an effective bridge between the personal and technical aspects of therapy in supervision. Clinical supervision can then emphasize the purposeful utilization of self-in the moment—both flaws and strengths —in the therapeutic relationship and the technical interventions with clients.
Jacqueline is also a sought contributor and speaker on television, radio, print, and other news media such as The New York Times, Bustle, Refinery 29, Insider, Business Insider, Hip Latina, and Motion Picture Television Fund, among others.
Licenses & Certifications
- Licensed Marriage Family Therapist – MFC43228 (California)
- AASECT Sex Therapist
- AASECT Sex Therapy Supervisor
- Four-Dimensional Practitioner, founded by Gina Ogden
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Nonlinear Movement
- Wild Woman’s Way
- M.A., Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University
- M.A., Spiritual Psychology, University of Santa Monica
- B.A., Clinical Psychology, emphasis on Marriage Family Therapy, Pepperdine University
- The Work: Byron Katie
- Couples Institute Basic & Advanced Training
- Intimacy & Attraction
- AASECT Annual Conference Presenter
- Women’s Sexual Stories:
Healing the Wounds, Celebrating the Joy, Co-Facilitator with Gina Ogden & Kamara McAndrews; Rowe, MA & Esalen, Big Sur, CA
- Regular segment contributor for Telemundo
- Interviewed/Segment contribution: Telemundo, New York Times, Univision, OK Cupid, Bustle, Insider, Daily Mail, and Well + Good.
- Podcast guest.
- Founder of Center for Relationship & Intimacy Well-Being, CA