Elizabeth Sánchez Arvizu, Ph.D.
I am the daughter of two Mexican immigrants. I made a point of traveling to as many places as possible to learn as much as possible. My education journey took me from a town in the middle of nowhere, Mexico -> town in the middle of nowhere in California -> UC Merced -> Rome, Italy -> UCM -> Hong Kong University ->Alliant International Univerisity, San Diego.
In my travels, I learned about many different cultures, which helped me understand how culture impacts us, our mental health, and our everyday life.
I have worked in a variety of settings and ages. I love working with children/adolescents. I am an all-inclusive therapist passionate about using pop culture in sessions. I want to create a safe space for everyone, including immigrants, geeks, LGBTQ+, and marginalized communities.
Create a safe space for everyone, including geeks, nerds, misfits, and immigrants.
Reduce stigma for
mental health providers on the geek community and how to use geek topics in therapy
everyone on the importance of mental health
Partner in Crime
Adopted from ASPCA shelter
I will eventually write about/post how to use my favorite fandoms in therapy or discuss the mental health themes found in the movies/episodes.
What Psychology for Geeks means to me...
I believe it's important to address a person's culture in therapy, which includes geek culture. Whenever I make a reference to a movie or show in therapy, I noticed an increase in the client's interest and enjoyment.
Therapy can be a difficult process because we are discussing painful experiences, that we may have been avoiding for years.
There is no reason why therapy needs to be boring. When a therapist incorporates what the client is passionate about in the therapy session the client feels more comfortable, interested, and willing to actively participate in the session.
Geek culture is part of my identity. Immersing myself in the world of fiction allowed me to bond with my brothers, make new friends, and overcome challenges. In many ways, it made my life exciting and fun. I want to share that with others through this website and my social media.
My Mental Health Journey
You can find me on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook @psych4geeks.