My name is Paulina Padilla, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and work as a therapist and parent supporter. I support parents in their desire to feel good about the connection and relationship they have with their children. I do this by helping them identify the barriers that make it challenging to parent from a place of compassion and empathy. I also do this by helping parents to learn and practice loving and healing strategies to build the best relationship they can have with their children.
I graduated from Whittier College, with Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and went on to work in non-profit agencies and worked with children and families as a case manager for 3 years. Through this work I became interested in helping families in a more personal way, and went on to obtain my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Cal State Long Beach. I then began my journey as a therapist working for a non-profit agency in the Pico Rivera/Whittier area for 7 years. It was through my non-profit work as a therapist that I learned about the importance of little ones forming healthy relationships with their parents starting at birth. Being a mom to 3 children, and having struggled as well with the humbling rollercoaster of parenting, has further established this work as my passion. I too went in search for information and support on how to support my children emotionally while teaching them the important values I grew up with. Through this search I also became a certified nonviolent parent instructor, and have been very excited to engage families in a new way through teaching the nonviolent parenting philosophy. I am very passionate about providing support to parents who are struggling or simply wanting to learn new and better ways to connect with theirchildren. I now have the opportunity to continue my journey as a therapist and parent supporter through my collaboration with my dear friend Ary through our work at Connect Nurture.