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Babies and young children thrive when they are cared for by adults that are “crazy about them!” (Bronfenbrenner, 1976)
Child Development, Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health, Psychology, Reflective Practice
A.A. Social Science West Valley College, 1995; B.A. Behavioral Science, 2000; M.A. Counseling Psychology, 2002; EdD Counseling Psychology, 2014
I joined De Anza as adjunct faculty in 2014 and I am also a faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Boston, Infant-Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Certificate Program, in Napa. In addition to my teaching positions, I work with the County of Santa Clara Mental Health Department with the birth - five mental health programs and I have a small private psychotherapy practice where I see children and adults.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with over a decade of experience providing services to adults, children and families. In addition to being a LMFT, I am endorsed as an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and a Reflective Practice Facilitator III/Mentor. I am a Registered Circle of Security Parent Educator, a Brazelton Touchpoints National Trainer and a DIR/Floortime Provider (Level B). I am a graduate of the Harris Early Childhood Mental Health Training program at Children’s Hospital Oakland, and the Napa Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program, and the Child Trauma Institute in San Francisco. Along with clinical work, much of my career has focused on program development, implementation, evaluation, teaching, management and reflective practice.
Classes That I Teach
Email: Rachel Talamantez