Luis Efren Aguilar, MA
Luis Aguilar graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a double emphasis in Psychobiology and Gerontology. He received his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Currently, he is a graduate student at Alliant International University, San Francisco, where he will be receiving his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). He has a passion for working with underprivileged and underrepresented groups, and throughout his graduate training, he has developed an interest in the field of neuropsychology, gerontology, and forensic psychology, including conducting immigration and asylum evaluations.
His previous practicum experience has allowed him to develop a breadth of competence in multidisciplinary diagnosis and group therapy treatments among a diverse age and ethnic population. He has additional assessment training where he has conducted thorough neuropsychological assessment batteries with children, adolescents, and adults who may have neurocognitive disorders.
His theoretical orientation is primarily integrative. When conceptualizing and providing psychotherapy, he pulls from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and also examines biological and societal factors. He also favors a systems approach when conceptualizing clients. He thinks that in order for true change to occur, the system in which the client lives must be considered. He strongly perceives the therapy space as a collaborative process in which we are working together to create greater awareness, self-compassion, and insight in order to promote positive change and growth.
Luis is a native Spanish speaker and would love to work with monolingual Spanish-speaking clients.
Clinical/Research Interests: Lifespan Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Concussion and Sports-related brain injuries; Military-related traumatic brain injuries; Forensics Psychology; Chronic & Critical Illnesses; Life Transitions; Mood Disorders; Multicultural Issues; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Trauma.
Registered Psychological Assistant: July 2018 - July 2021