Meet our team of
Desirae Torrens, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
MS Clinical Psychology, San Francisco State University
BS Psychology, University of Chicago
Bilingual Therapist (Spanish/English)
What inspired you to enter this profession?
Growing up in New York City, I was exposed early on to a diverse range of people and communities. This sensitized me to the myriad ways our unique context shapes our lives and the very sense of self. I became fascinated with people's personal stories, with how their experiences informed everything from their values and beliefs to their motivations, relationships, and identity. Over the years, my own personal and professional experiences helped develop this fascination into genuine love and passion for better understanding people and for helping them better understand themselves. As a therapist, I continue to cherish the privilege of being trusted with my clients' personal stories, to bear witness to their lives and resilience with compassion and empathy, and to listen in ways that allow clients to feel seen, heard and supported.
What are some areas that you most often work with clients on?
Over the last 12+ years, I have worked with a range of clients including children and adolescents, adults, families and couples. Many of these clients have struggled with depression, anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, abuse, victims of crime, witness to domestic and community violence, issues related to immigration and acculturation, and relationship and occupational stress.
What is most rewarding about your work?
It is deeply rewarding to witness when clients are able to see themselves and the problems they face in a new, growth-promoting perspective. I am often moved by my clients' courage and vulnerability, by their ability to talk about often difficult content and reach the end of a session feeling that something in their thinking or feeling has shifted.
What about you or your approach makes clients click with you the most?
I find that when clients feel seen, heard and accepted they feel safer to take more risks in therapy, to explore themselves and their lives in a more integrated fashion. As a result, I strive to create an emotionally safe environment that feels collaborative and supportive, relying on my ability to patiently listen with genuine compassion and empathy.