Gabriela Toruño, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT#96700
Preferred pronouns: she/hers
Gabriela Toruño is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Culturally Informed Treatment, and Family Therapy. Gaby specializes in working with individuals and couples from an attachment perspective. When in relationship, your attachment style influences what you need, how you communicate, and how you give and receive love. Gaby helps couples understand how to identify and meet each other’s attachment needs as well as uncover and transform their conflict cycle. Gaby is also bilingual (Spanish/English) and is able to provide services in Spanish as needed or desired.
My Approach & Values
Gaby has been working with individuals and families since 2006 and has advanced training in the areas of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, family therapy, cultural sensitivity, and attachment. She supports her clients in identifying and understanding their attachment style, and related patterns within their relationships to obtain a deeper level of self-awareness. This awareness helps individuals choose relationships from a more empowered place and helps couples discover a deeper understanding and empathy for one another’s experience. Gaby utilizes the evidence-based method of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to help couples identify their conflict cycle and work together to identify and meet the underlying attachment needs causing their conflict. Through this, new and beautiful ways of relating emerge.
As a social justice advocate, she provides an open and accepting space where all types of individuals and relationships are accepted and welcome. Prior to her work with Couples Learn, Gaby worked to create social justice and restorative justice programs in schools. She is passionate about social change and she believes a big part of that change is helping people have healthy, safe, and connected relationships. She believes healthy relationships create a safe base from which the adults and children in families can self-actualize and thrive.
Gaby believes that the therapeutic relationship is a catalyst for deep, lasting change that provides space for recognizing the unmet attachment needs underneath negative relationship patterns. She will support you through the use of emotional exploration, mindfulness, restorative communication, and cultural awareness to create a safe and welcoming environment for change. Gaby’s clients and colleagues describe her as empathetic, lively, fun, authentic, and fierce. She’ll challenge you to grow in a supportive and non-shaming way while encouraging you to laugh and have fun along the way.
“Together we will increase relationship satisfaction and connectedness through repairing attachment injuries, identifying and healing past individual trauma, and exploring the way your upbringing and culture has influenced who you are.”
- Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples Externship
- Emotionally Focused Therapy Masterclass
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Art Therapy
Book Your Free Consultation
Let’s get to know each other and see if working together is a good fit.
If you do not see current availability for a free 30-minute consultation with Gaby, feel free to email her to get on her waitlist.