Luana works with children, adolescents, parents, couples, and families. She believes therapy should be a warm and collaborative environment, where people can feel safe enough to take risks, be authentic and make lasting changes. She works to explore with her clients the many dynamics that may inadvertently contribute to a problem cycle, so that clients can feel empowered to act in more preferred ways of being. Luana feels comfortable working with many different diagnoses and challenges, including anxiety management (and ways this may manifest physically), depression, identity shifts, school difficulties, and relationship struggles.
Luana is a certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist (EFT) and has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). She is also a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher (MSC). She and Sean regularly teach the 8-week MSC course in Sacramento.
Luana is a mother of three adventurous and opinionated girls. This adventure in mothering gives her plenty of opportunities to “walk her own talk,” as she works to integrate health, happiness, vulnerability, connection, and self-compassion. Although there are many paths to valued living, Luana’s current recipe for this involves having a daily self-compassion and meditation practice, a regular exercise schedule, daily gratitude exercises, and by connecting with loved ones.
Luana is a licensed psychologist (CA Lic # PSY23610). She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program. Luana trained at several child/adolescent and family yearlong placements and completed an APA-accredited internship in Santa Monica at St. John’s Child and Family Development Center. She completed her postdoctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente, where she was hired on as permanent staff. She was hired into the child/adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program and worked there between 2010-2016. Luana also served as Training Director for the postdoctoral residency program during her time with Kaiser. Luana has been in full-time private practice since fall of 2016.
Interests and Hobbies
Luana loves to find family adventures. This includes hikes, walks to the park, and camping. Her background includes playing collegiate sports, and so she enjoys continuing to stay active with challenging and fun workout routines. As Luana has joined the “mother of young children club,” she has also developed interests in finding ways to bring self-compassion and authenticity to parenting.