Here's a little bit of my story...
I’m Dr. Lydiana Garcia, the Founder, and Owner of The Beyond Resilience Life. It is my honor to welcome you to the community.
After working as a psychologist for over 10 years of healing trauma with children, adolescents, adults and families, and taking a great amount of extra training to help me better my skills, I learned that healing trauma can also have a beautiful meaningful side that when we tap into it, we not only heal, but also transform our lives.
Working one-on-one with my clients has been an amazing humbled and honored experience; yet, I was feeling the need to expand my knowledge and experience with a larger community. Also, I was completely unaware of how my traumas and life adversities were impacting my health and overall life.
When I decided to study a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology I knew that it was going to take me 9 years (4 undergrad and 5 grad). But I didn’t know that it was going to spotlight my persistence that so often is linked to an intergenerational trauma pattern of the hustle mentality as a way to keep you “safe” from danger.
From my maternal side, I come from a strong lineage of women that have challenged the status quo and have pursued big dreams and great professions. However, these women have also struggled significantly with self-care and with anxiety, allergies, and other chronic illnesses (including cancer). My maternal grandmother is a perfect example of this: she obtained a BA degree during a time that it was kind of equivalent to a Ph.D., pursued a teaching career, raised 6 children, tutored and helped raise me and my cousins.
On my paternal side, I have a lineage of strong people that have endured horrendous acts of violence, slavery, prejudice, colorism, racism and many other related cumulative trauma.
From this side of the family, I got my persistence and getting-things-done perspective, but I also inherited feelings of shame, internal racism and colonization.
In my teens, I struggled with allergies and stomach issues. These got worse in my late twenties/early thirties; I gained over 20lbs in less than a year, I was soooo stressed and experienced some mild panic attacks, I couldn’t sleep well, was diagnosed with IBS, developed many food sensitivities, my anxiety was off the roof.
After having my son, 4 years ago, the sh*t hit the fan, because I was experiencing post-partum depression and the blues. I also felt numbed and wanting to escape my reality by the demands of motherhood, and felt super guilty and shame for even wanting that.
As a psychologist I’ve learned about the importance of attachment in the early years and yet I felt so triggered and “out of control” of not being able to fully connect with my son. There was a lot of tears and questioning if I was even being a “good enough mom.” Whenever I tried to share my experience with others, they would somehow dismiss it by reiterating how good of a mom I was, and how my knowledge of psychology “should” make me a good mom. These comments would only heighten my anxiety and shame, and also made me feel so lonely.
The healing started to happen after I started somatic therapy and reflecting on the intergenerational trauma that was passed on to me by my parents… and then, I started getting the calling to start a podcast and a community to help people become aware of their intergenerational trauma, especially the ones that creep in and people have a hard time figuring out where that pattern, thoughts, feelings come from, and to apply somatic based coping skills to help regulate ourselves and then be able to re-write our stories filled with intergenerational wisdom.
I am so looking forward to embarking on this journey with you. And yes, it is still a journey for me, but that is what life is all about, right?
* If you’re interested in receiving individual or family therapy, please go to www.DrLydianaGarcia.com for more information.
Dr. Lydiana Garcia has been featured in media outlets like Telemundo, Univision and Estrella TV, Fierce By Mitu, and Hip Latina magazine.
She has conducted workshops and been a panelist at numerous events/organizations, including:
The Los Angeles County Psychological Association
Her Own Poder event
Universidad del Turabo
Universidad Metropolitana de Puerto Rico
Public schools in Puerto Rico
Private Schools Association of Puerto Rico Convention
Sexuality Congress in Universidad del Este
VIII Coloquio sobre las Mujeres, and Miradas y Estrategias de las experiencias traumáticas en la población puertorriqueña.
She is fluent in Spanish and in English.
Topics Dr. Garcia can speak on:
Adolescents and Parenting
Trauma and Resiliency
Wellness and Self-Care
Managing Anxiety and Stress
Preventing Sexual Abuse in Teens and Young Adults
Working with Latinx clients
If you’re interested in hiring Dr. Garcia for a speaking engagement, please communicate via email to [email protected]lydianagarcia.com or [email protected] and put “Speaking Engagement” in the subject section.
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