Lily Theresa Gatica, LMFT


EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

The thought about talking to a stranger about what’s going on is terrifying. When the process involves an honest conversation about symptoms, family problems, and addiction or other “shameful” family secrets, it can keep anyone from healing. You were taught to keep it to yourself and not cause trouble. To not air family secrets and that emotions are dramatic and useless. Especially the biggest of all- grief. There is nobody that gets to escape grief in this process. It's a myth that any of it has to be painful or overwhelming. And struggling with feelings or needing to heal doesn't make you weak. Nobody taught you how to do this. Your past doesn't have to define you or prevent you from living. You don't have to "suck it up" anymore. You can break the patterns and create a better life for yourself. If you process the guilt, shame, resentment, sadness, then it doesn't stay. You can truly move on. No longer pretending, you get to enjoy your life as it is instead of reliving the past. Going to therapy can be a difficult choice especially when you know healing is messy and painful. I use effective and quick methods like EMDR and others for the fastest and least painful healing possible. With a therapist's help, you can learn the skills you weren't taught and you can heal. It's time to offer yourself the ability to move past this.

Education & Experience

Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University EMDR Certified Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Gottman Method Trained Level 1 Internal Family Systems Informed (IFS) Trauma Resiliency Model & Community Resiliency Model Trained The Flash Technique

Specialty Area

  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Somatic Issues

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Immigrants
  • Seniors


  • English


  • Aetna