Liz-Barajas

Liz Barajas

Details

Pronouns:

she/her/hers

License:

Associate MFT

License No:

140588

Availability:

Mondays & Wednesdays

Rate:

$135 per 50 minute session

Mission Valley, Telehealth

Biography

Hello! I’m Liz, and I am thrilled to join the Estes Therapy team as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I earned a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from SDSU and a Spanglish Family Therapy certification, I also hold an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology from UC Berkeley. My journey in therapy has been focused on supporting couples and individuals navigating the complexities of intimate relationships.

During my graduate training at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement, I worked extensively with couples, LGBTQ+ adults, and immigrant populations. As a Bilingual Clinician at the Community Research Foundation in San Ysidro, I served the Spanish-speaking community, unhoused individuals, and those facing mid-severe mental health challenges.

My clinical expertise spans a diverse clientele, specifically multi-racial, multi-lingual couples, and those identifying as queer. I work with Emotionally Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, Motivational Interviewing, and Narrative Therapy. Guided by a sex-positive, decolonial, and culturally humble lens, my approach reflects my commitment to creating an inclusive therapeutic space.

Looking ahead, my aspiration to become an AASECT-certified sex therapist underscores my dedication to the field. Eager to infuse the mental health landscape with my energy, humor, and passion, I am excited about the prospect of contributing to the well-being of individuals and couples alike.

Therapist Liz Barajas' Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology from UC Berkeley
  • Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from SDSU
  • Spanglish Family Therapy Certification

Liz Barajas is supervised by Dr. Ida Fariba, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #124097. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Liz, you may do so by calling/texting us at (619) 558-0001.

Get to know your Therapist Liz Barajas:

When did you decide to go into Marriage and Family Therapy? 

I decided to pursue a career in Marriage and Family therapy while living abroad in Spain. I was unhappy in my relationship and had a difficult time transitioning to a new country and culture. I met with a fantastic couples therapist and it was a positively transformational experience for me. It crystalized that I wanted to support individuals and couples in similar ways. 

Do you have advice for someone who is considering counseling?

Everyone has their own timeline and that people come to therapy when they’re ready. I’d also advise them to take their time finding a therapist that is a good fit for them. Therapists are not one-size-fits-all and it may take a couple of tries to find someone who is a good match for you. 

What would you say to someone who is nervous about setting up their first counseling session with you?

I completely understand that initiating your first counseling session can be a bit nerve-wracking, and I want you to know that your feelings are entirely valid. It’s important to acknowledge that, just like you, I may also experience a touch of excitement and anticipation before our initial meeting! Let’s demystify the therapist-client dynamic for a second – our sessions are essentially two people having a genuine conversation, much like in a kitchen, cafe, or bar. I aim to create a comfortable space where you feel understood and supported throughout our journey together.

Do you have a special area you focus on within the therapy field?

I find immense joy in working with a diverse range of individuals and couples, including those in monogamous and non-monogamous relationships, the LGBTQI+ community, kink-friendly individuals, and couples navigating substance use challenges. As a bilingual therapist (Spanish/English/Spanglish), I bring experience in working with the Spanish-speaking population. My therapeutic approach is deeply rooted in a client-centered holistic perspective, cultural humility, and a commitment to incorporating decolonial approaches. Additionally, I believe in the power of humor to lighten the room when appropriate, creating a space where everyone feels seen, valued, and understood. 

How do you pass your time when you are not working with clients?

When I’m not working with clients you’ll find me traveling, eating tacos, playing tennis, dancing to reggaeton, and striking up random conversations with strangers in coffee shops! 

If you were not a therapist, what would you be doing? 

If I weren’t a therapist, I would probably work as a travel journalist or college professor!